Berg, Christine, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Clinical Interests

Community-university partnerships, program development, young adults with chronic conditions, infants and toddlers in early childhood centers

Research Interests

Participation in youth with chronic conditions transitioning to adult roles (employment, higher education), building staff capacity to work with infants and toddlers in early childhood centers, topics of toxic stress and trauma informed practice 

Teaching Roles

Dr. Berg teaches the Promoting Population Health through Community Partnerships and Health Promotion, Participation and Wellness for Persons with Chronic Disease for the entry-level MSOT and OTD degree programs. She also teaches the Seminar in Educational Strategies to third-year OTD students. Dr. Berg oversees the Applied Clinical/Community Practice course sequence. Additionally, she mentors students who work in her laboratory.


1999: PhD in social work, Washington University in St. Louis
1980: MS in occupational therapy, Boston University
1976: BS in occupational therapy, Tufts University


Dr. Berg had a wide range of clinical pediatric experience that includes hospital-based practice, rehabilitation services, school systems and home health before joining the faculty in 1985 with part-time teaching responsibilities. She earned her doctorate in 1999, focusing on the parent role in teaching classification to preschoolers whose learning and memory were challenged by prematurity. She has continued her interest in chronic conditions that impact learning and participation such as cancer, sickle cell disease and autism. Dr. Berg has developed several measurement tools to assist practitioners in expanding their role with children and youth to focus on participation in a variety of daily contexts. She leads the faculty in establishing community-university alliances to benefit the underserved or un-served. Student and agency partnerships familiarize all to the possibilities of the role of an occupational therapist on community teams to enhance population health.

Selected Publications

Berg, C., McCollum, M., Kim, E., Jason, D. (2015) Development of the Adolescent and Young Adult Activity Card Sort, OTJR 35 (4), 221-231. I

Metzinger, C. & Berg, C. (2015). Work Readiness Tools for Young Adults with Chronic Conditions, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 52(3), 605-615.

Dauwalder, C., & Berg, C. (2014) Work Readiness Program for Young Adult Cancer Survivors: Using guided discovery to positively impact awareness, Work and Industry Special Interest Section, 28 (3).

Marczuk, O., Taff, S. D., & Berg, C. (2014). Occupational Justice, School Connectedness, and High School Dropout: The Role of Occupational Therapy in Meeting the Needs of an Underserved Population. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention, 7, 235-245.

Wang, H. Y., & Berg, C. (2014). Participation of young adults with high-functioning autism in Taiwan: a pilot study. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 34(1), 41–51.

Gronski, M. P., Bogan, K. E., Kloeckner, J., Russell-Thomas, D., Taff, S. D., Walker, K. A., & Berg, C. (2013). Childhood toxic stress: a community role in health promotion for occupational therapists. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(6), e148–e153.

Wang, H. Y., & Berg, C. (2013). The development of Adolescent and Young Adult Participation Sort—Taiwanese version, Occupational Therapy International, 20(3), 124–133.

Toglia, J., & Berg, C. (2013). Performance-based measure of executive function: comparison of community and at-risk youth. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(5), 515–523.

Gronski, M. P., Niemann, A., & Berg, C. (2013). Participation Patterns of Urban Preschoolers Attending Head Start. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 33(2), 68–75.

Berg, C.,
& Hayashi, R. J. (2013). Participation and Self-Management Strategies of Young Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 33(1), 21–30.


Berg, C., Edwards, D. F., & King, A. (2012). Executive function performance on the children's kitchen task assessment with children with sickle cell disease and matched controls. Child Neuropsychology: A Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development In Childhood and Adolescence, 18(5), 432–448.

Weiner, N. W., Toglia, J., & Berg, C. (2012). Weekly Calendar Planning Activity (WCPA): a performance-based assessment of executive function piloted with at-risk adolescents. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(6), 699–708.

Gangl, C., Neufeld, P. S., & Berg, C. (2011). A qualitative study of occupational therapy's role in adolescent transition in a midwestern coalition of many school districts. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention, 4(2), 154-167.

LaVesser, P., & Berg, C. (2011). Participation Patterns in Preschool Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 31(1), 33–39.

Berg, C., Neufeld, P., Harvey, J., Downes, A., & Hayashi, R. J. (2009). Late Effects of Childhood Cancer, Participation, and Quality of Life of Adolescents. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 29(3), 116–124.

Rocke, K., Hays, P., Edwards, D., & Berg, C. (2008). Development of a performance assessment of executive function: The children's kitchen task assessment. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62(5), 528-537.

Stoffel, A., & Berg, C. (2008). Spanish translation and validation of the Preschool Activity Card Sort. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 28(2), 171–189.

Berg, C., & LaVesser, P. (2006). The Preschool Activity Card Sort. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, Health, 26(4), 143-151.

Book Chapters and Other

Berg, C. (2008). Full book review of Evidence-Based Practice for Occupational Therapists. Health and Social Care in the Community, 16 (5), 555.

  Berg, C. & LaVesser P. (2005). Incorporating Evidence into Practice. Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly, 28, 1-4.

Baum, C., Berg, C., Seaton, M. K., & White, L. (2002). Fostering occupational performance and participation. In M. Law, C. M. Baum, & S. Baptiste (Eds.), Occupation-based practice: Fostering performance and participation (pp. 27-36). Thorofare, NJ: Slack.

Berg, C. R. (2000). Full book review of Evaluation: Obtaining and interpreting data. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 54 (2), 229-230.


2015: American Occupational Therapy Association Foundation Leaders & Legacies Society
2015: American Occupational Therapy Association Commission on Education: Future of Education Ad Hoc

2015: Bring your own idea: Community based teaching and learning at Washington University, Provost Office
2014: Roster of Fellows, American Occupational Therapy Association
2013: AOTA Service Commendation: Blueprint Adoption and Dissemination
2010: Institute for Public Health Scholar
2009: AOTA Service Commendation: OT Model Curriculum Ad Hoc
2008: Community Spirit Award, Washington University, Bernard Becker Medical Library
2006: Teaching Excellence Award, Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University

Berg, Christine

Berg, Christine, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology

Curriculum Vitae

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Phone: (314) 286-1745
Fax: (314) 286-1601


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