Karen Sames

Professor

651-690-8805

kmsames@stkate.edu

Karen M Sames, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA started teaching at St. Kate's in 1995. Karen primarily teaches content related to foundational knowledge of occupational science and occupational therapy, management of occupational therapy services, entrepreneurship, theoretical basis of occupational therapy, and political influences on occupational therapy practice.

Karen takes an active role in advocating for the profession of occupational therapy through her leadership of the Government Affairs Committee of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association. She is active in the American Occupational Therapy Association, currently serving on the Nominations Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Affiliated State Association Presidents. She authored the text Documenting Occupational Therapy Practice, and is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national venues.

  • Reimbursement systems
  • Documentation
  • Workforce issues
  • Instructional technology

Occupational Therapy Doctorate
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2013

Master of Business Administration, Healthcare Management
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1990

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1980

American Occupational Therapy Association. (2015). Service Award for serving on the Volunteer Leadership Development Committee for two years.

Society for the Study of Occupation - USA. (2014). Service Award for serving on the Legal Committee for one year

St. Catherine University. (2011). Faculty Excellence in Teaching - Advising Award

Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association. (2011). Communication Award

Carol Easley Denny Grant, St. Catherine University, to study the impact of interprofessional education on teamwork skills of healthcare students (2013).

Faculty Research Grant, College of St. Catherine, to study the state of OT practice in Minnesota (2006).

Curriculum Development Grant, College of St. Catherine, to develop the Healthcare Management course (2006).

Faculty Research Grant, College of St. Catherine, to assist in researching the impact of the Prospective Payment System in Long Term Care on occupational therapy practice (2003).

Interdisciplinary Feeding Clinic, Children's Hospital of St. Paul; for the development and first two years operation of a Clinic for young children with difficulties in feeding (1992–1993).

Associate Professor, St. Catherine University, 1995–Present

Interim Program Director, St. Catherine University, 2013–Present

Program Director, St. Catherine University, 2014–Present

OSOT Director of Strategic Initiatives and Distance Education, St. Catherine University, 2009–2012

Book Chapter

Sames, K. (2013). Documentation in Practice. B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. Scaffa, Willard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy (466-476). Baltimore, MD, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Book

Sames, K. (2015). Documenting occupational therapy practice (3rd ed.), Upper Saddle River, NJ, Pearson Prentice Hall

Journal Article

Sames, K. (2012). "Commentary: Use of theoretical conceptual practice models singly and in combination by occupational therapists in the United States of America: A pilot study." International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. (19, 11)

Stoelzl, H. & Sames, K. (2014). "Disabilities Act Compliance of Fitness Facilities in an American Metropolitan Area." International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. (21, 4, 7)

Sames, K. (2015). "Documentation, Reimbursement, and the Electronic Health Record." Online learning module for OTA Refresher Course

Sames, K. (2015). "The Interprofessional Education Project at Carondelet Village: Learning Together." Interprofessional Education Summit 2015

Sames, K. (2015). "Documentation, Reimbursement, and the Electronic Health Record." Online learning module for OTA Refresher Course

Sames, K., Hinerfeld, D., Bell, C., Hobbs, M., Buldoc, J., Delahunt, J. & Haertling, A. (2015). "Leadership Demystified." American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Exposition

Sames, K. (2015). "Autism Issues at the State Level." American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Exposition

Sames, K. (2015). "Legislative Update 2015." Medi-Sota manager's meeting

Sames, K. & Brennan, C. (2014). "Proposed Licensure Changes for 2015." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association

Sames, K. & McGill, R. (2014). "The Interprofessional Education Project at Carondelet Village: Learning Together." Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions

Sames, K. (2014). "Occupational Engagement of Elders in an Interprofessional Education Experience." World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress, Yokohama, Japan

Sames, K. (2014). "Current Issues in Documentation 2014." Pi Theta Epsilon

Sames, K. (2013). "Impact of Interprofessional Education on Perceptions of Teamwork of Health Professions Students." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Conference

Sames, K. (2013). "Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Licensure in Minnesota." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Conference

Sames, K. (2013). "Problem-Based Learning Facilitator Training." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Conference

Sames, K. (2013). "A Partnership Model of Interprofessional Education." Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Conference

Sames, K. (2013). "Documentation, Reimbursement, and the Electronic Health Record." Occupational Therapy Assistant Refresher Course - online module

Sames, K. (2013). "The Awe and Wonder of Teams: IPE in a Gerontology Setting." Interprofessional Education Summit: Harnessing Forces for Change: Developing Interprofessional Teams

Sames, K. (2013). "Integrating a Sustainable Problem-Based Learning Curriculum." American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Exposition

Sames, K. (2013). "Impact of Interprofessional Education on Perceptions of Teamwork." Capstone presentation for doctoral degree

Sames, K. (2012). "Fitness Facility Accessibility in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference

Sames, K. (2012). "Advocacy: You Can Make a Difference." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference

Sames, K. (2012). "Legislative Update." Inservice presented to occupational therapy managers at Medi-Sota, Inc.

Sames, K. (2012). "Documentation, Reimbursement, and the Electronic Health Record." Online CE course

Sames, K. (2011). "OccYOUpation: The Power of You." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference