Stephanie Adams, DHSc, OTR/L
OTA Program Director
Educational Journey-I have four degrees in occupational therapy, first beginning as an COTA in 1994, then I earned a BS in OT in 2000. After being in practice for several years, I went back to earn a post professional MHS OT degree in 2009 and a Doctor of Health Science degree in OT (DHSc) in 2017. Being a life-long learner helps to keep abreast of best practices for this ever-changing health care profession. Employment Path-I worked in a variety of setting including hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health with geriatric clients and infants. I worked for a decade in the school system and simply enjoyed the early childhood population and engaging with the educators that fostered their learning. I have worked in academia for ten years, leading two different OTA programs while successfully leading them through the accreditation process and recently teaching and mentoring OTD students. Research Agenda-My research interest on executive functions (EF) with young children relating to play experiences. I believe that EF are developed when children have natural play opportunities. I continue to implement research this topic and focus on helping others to understand the neuroscience foundation of EF that may impact occupations. I am branching out and working on a research project with the adult learner to help identify their own EF and how they can use tools to be successful during their academic learning experience. Occupational Therapy has been a very rewarding career for me and I intend to support and lead the OTA students in a positive direction while earning a degree at St. Catherine University.