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Kniepmann, Kathy, OTD, MPH, EdM, OTR/L

Clinical Interests

Family caregiving, health education, prevention and health promotion for people with chronic conditions - particularly with stroke - and for their families

Research Interests

Social participation and occupational performance for families who have adult relatives with stroke, self-management and wellness, information-seeking behaviors of family caregivers

Teaching Roles

For entry level occupational therapy students, Dr. Kniepmann teaches Theory and Foundations for OT Practice. She  is a guest presenter on social support, culture, spirituality, health education, and public health topics.  Dr. Kniepmann mentors students who work in her lab. She also teaches two undergraduate courses every semester through the American Culture Studies department: Disability, Quality of Life and Community Responsibility, a public health elective, and Images of Disability in Film and Literature.


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy
Master of Public Health (MPH), Harvard School of Public Health
Master of Education (EdM), Harvard Graduate School of Education
BA in English literature and BS in occupational therapy dual degree, Washington University in St. Louis


Dr. Kniepmann has extensive clinical, community and teaching experience in Occupational Therapy. After completing her bachelor’s degrees, Dr. Kniepmann worked in rehabilitation and part-time in home health. Growing concerns about health promotion, prevention and community outreach fueled her graduate studies in education and public health. Subsequent experience included college health education and development of community health promotion programs. She helped plan and implement Gateway to Wellness, a course for people with Multiple Sclerosis, and a Leader Training Program for that course. Dr. Kniepmann served as a content expert consultant for the development of Optimal Wellness, an online program for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In addition to her occupational therapy credentials, she is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She is a faculty associate for undergraduates in the Residential Colleges at Washington University in St. Louis.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Kniepmann K., Cupler M.H. (2014). Occupational changes in caregivers for spouses with stroke and aphasia. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(1): 10-18.
  • Kniepmann K. (2014). Family caregiving for husbands with stroke: an occupational perspective on leisure in the stress process. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 34(3): 131-140.
  • Kniepmann, K. (2012). Female family carers for survivors of stroke: Occupational loss and quality of life. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(5): 208-216.
  • Hotz, M, Kniepmann, K, & Kohn, L (1998). Occupational therapy in pediatric lead exposure prevention. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1998.
  • Branch, L.G., Katz, S., Kniepmann, K., & Papsidero, J.A. (1984). A prospective study of functional status among community elders. American Journal of Public Health 74: 266–268.

Book Chapters and Other

  • Schneider, D., Nowack, D., Roberts, C., Sames, C., Kniepmann, K., Fisher, S. (2009). Achieving Optimal Wellness. Online course for National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • Kniepmann, K. (2006). Teaching for social change. In L Ben Moshe (Ed.), Creating Pedagogical Curb Cuts: Incorporating Disability in the University Classroom and Curriculum. Syracuse University.; 
  • Neufeld, P., Kniepmann, K. (2005). Master Training Manual for Gateway to Wellness Program. National Multiple Sclerosis Society 
  • Neufeld P & Kniepmann K (2003). Developing wellness and self-management programs for persons with chronic disabling conditions. OT Practice.
  • Klocke A & Kniepmann K (2002). Injury Free St. Louis- Home Safety.  Robert Wood Johnson manual on child safety.
  • Klocke A & Kniepmann K (2002). Injury Free St. Louis- Home Safety.  Robert Wood Johnson manual on child safety.
  • Kniepmann K & Stewart D (2001). Occupation-based practice- Putting it all together (part II). Chapter 10 in Occupation based practice: Fostering performance & participation. Baum C & Law M, eds.  Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.
  • Kniepmann K. (2000).  Stress Management instruction chapter- Leaders’ Training Manual.  National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • Neufeld P & Kniepmann K.  (2000). Master Training Manual for Gateway to Wellness Program. National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 2000
  • Kniepmann K. (1998). Stress Management – Finding Ways to Relax. Gateway to Wellness Participant’s Workbook
  • Kniepmann, K. (1997). Prevention of disability and maintenance of health. In Christiansen CH & Baum CM (Eds.), Occupational Therapy: Enabling Function & Well-being. 2nd ed. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated. 
  • Kniepmann, K: (1996) Beyond Hola and Si - for Adelante, newsletter for national network of Hispanic and Latino occupational therapists.
  • Kniepmann K (1988).  "Alcohol, drugs and athletes at Harvard" (1988) - wrote videotape treatment plan and scripts, gave presentation, coached other presenters, managed editing process.


2015: Graduation speaker for Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy

2012:Outstanding Faculty award- Women’s Panhellenic Association
2011: Outstanding Faculty award “Women in the Greek Community”
2007: Educational Excellence award from graduating class of Occupational Therapy students at Washington University
2003: Innovative Educator award from Washington University undergraduates
1995: Honorary member of Pi Theta Epsilon, national OT honor society
1981: John Eliot Thayer Scholar award - Harvard School of Public Health
1981: Class Marshall, Harvard School of Public Health

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Kniepmann, Kathy, OTD, MPH, EdM, OTR/L

Curriculum Vitae
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology

Contact Information

Program in Occupational Therapy
Washington University in St. Louis
4444 Forest Park Ave.
CB 8505
St. Louis, MO 63108-2212
Phone: 314-286-1610
Fax: 314-286-1601


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