Community-university partnerships, program development, young adults with chronic conditions, infants and toddlers in early childhood centers
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
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 program. 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 PhD, 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.
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: American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Roster of Fellows Award FAOTA
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
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