Independent living, aging in place, neurorehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, self-management
Dr. Foster's research involves everyday cognitive functioning and its relevance to occupational performance, participation, and well-being among individuals with chronic neurological conditions. She focuses on the development of more effective and comprehensive rehabilitation programs for individuals with neurological disorders and cognitive dysfunction.
Dr. Foster's classes include those related to neuroscience and neurological conditions in the entry level MSOT and OTD program. Additionally, she mentor students who work in her laboratory.
2018: PhD in Rehabilitation and Participation Science, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Program in Occupational Therapy
2009: Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI), Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Clinical Research Training Center postdoctoral program
2008: Postdoctoral fellowship with Tamara Hershey, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
2005: Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Program in Occupational Therapy
2005: Research internship, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Department of Psychiatry
2005: Clinical internship, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Unit, East Orange, N.J.
2004: Clinical internship, The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL), St. Louis, Mo.
2003: BA in psychology (major), biology (minor), Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Foster earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) and completed postdoctoral training in clinical neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology at Washington University School of Medicine. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she was selected for a multi-disciplinary clinical investigation training program and received her Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) in May 2009. She is a current recipient of an NIH-K23 Career Development Award and several other research grants related to cognition in Parkinson disease (PD). Dr. Foster’s primary research focus is on understanding everyday cognitive functioning in PD and its relevance to occupational performance, participation and quality of life. She studies how cognitive dysfunction in PD impacts everyday life and how occupational therapy can best address it. Clinically, Dr. Foster is involved with the Program in Occupational Therapy’s Community Practice as a consultant for therapists treating clients with PD or related movement disorders.
Foster ER, Black KJ, Antenor JV, Perlmutter JS, Hershey T. Motor asymmetry and substantia nigra volume are related to spatial delayed response performance in Parkinson disease. Brain and Cognition. 2008;67:1-10. PMC2993690.
Foster ER, McDaniel MA, Repovš G, Hershey T. Prospective memory in Parkinson disease across laboratory and self-reported everyday performance. Neuropsychology. 2009;23(3):347-58. PMC2839410.
Foster ER, Campbell MC, Burack MA, Hartlein J, Flores HP, Cairns NJ, Hershey T, Perlmutter JS. Amyloid imaging of Lewy body-associated disorders. Movement Disorders. 2010;25(15):2516-23. PMC2978796.
Foster ER, Hershey T. Everyday executive function is associated with activity participation in Parkinson disease without dementia. OTJR: Occupation Participation and Health. 2011;31(1):16-22. PMC3171949.
Foster ER, Cunnane KB, Edwards DF, Morrison MT, Ewald GA, Geltman EM, Zazulia AR. Executive dysfunction and depressive symptoms are associated with reduced participation for individuals with severe congestive heart failure. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2011;65(3):306-313. PMC3155250.
Nguyen C, Foster ER, Paciorkowski AR, Viehoever A, Considine C, Bondurant A, Marshall, BA, Hershey, T. Reliability and validity of the Wolfram Unified Rating Scale (WURS). Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. 2012;7(1):89. PMC3552944
Foster ER, Golden L, Duncan RP, Earhart GM. A community-based Argentine tango dance program is associated with increased activity participation among individuals with Parkinson disease. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2013; 94(2):240-249. PMC3557593
Foster ER, Rose NS, McDaniel MA, Rendell PG. Prospective memory in Parkinson disease during a Virtual Week: Effects of both prospective and retrospective demands. Neuropsychology. 2013;27(2):170-181. PMC3869995
Foster ER, Bedekar, M., Tickle-Degnen, L. Systematic review of the effectiveness of occupational therapy-related interventions for persons with Parkinson’s disease. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2014;68(1):39-49.
Foster ER. Instrumental activities of daily living performance among individuals with Parkinson disease without dementia. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2014;68(3):353-62. PMC2993690
Foster, Erin, PhD, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Psychiatry
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