Milton, Lauren, OTD, OTR/L

Clinical Interests

Dr. Milton’s clinical interests focus on improving occupational performance and participation of pediatric populations in community-based settings, particularly neurodivergent children and youth, and individuals who’ve experienced trauma. She has extensive experience with organization-level and population-level program development and consultation.

Research Interests

Dr. Milton’s current pediatric-related scholarly activities focus on program development/implementation/evaluation and research on school-based occupational therapy and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on performance and participation in the school environment. Scholarly activities related to occupational therapy education includes the scholarship of teaching and learning, such as increasing learner engagement through various teaching methods, understanding the learner experience, and learner assessment. She mentors students in her research lab which is currently located at Lift for Life Academy, a public charter school in Soulard.

Teaching Roles

Dr. Milton is the course director for Neuroscience Principles of Performance, the course director for Management for a Changing Practice Environment I and II, and the co-course director for Children and Youth Evaluation and Intervention. She co-coordinates Level I FW experiences embedded in Management II and Children/Youth E & I coursework.


2008: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy
2001: BS in occupational therapy, Saint Louis University


After earning a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Saint Louis University in 2001, Dr. Milton worked as an occupational therapist in an inpatient rehabilitation setting and in acute care in burn and intensive care units before transitioning to management in skilled nursing and long-term care settings. Her primary clinical focus is pediatrics with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Milton’s primary practice contexts include early intervention, school-based, and pediatric outpatient settings. She worked with families with children with sensory processing problems, feeding and eating disorders, and atypical motor development, with the goal of increasing participation and performance within the child’s natural environments. From 2004 to 2015, she worked as a school-based OT, as well as in private practice as an early intervention (EI) specialist and EI evaluator in Illinois. During this time, Dr. Milton earned her doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in 2008. Dr. Milton transitioned to full-time academia as an assistant professor of occupational therapy at Maryville University in St. Louis in 2011. While there, she taught a variety of courses including neuroscience, management and administration, OT evaluation, foundations of occupational therapy, pediatric and adult occupational therapy interventions (sensorimotor and cognitive), and mentored student research projects. In 2016, she joined the faculty of the Program in Occupational Therapy. As an instructor, she emphasizes learning through hands-on experiences in real-world contexts, particularly through service learning in the community.

Selected Publications

Koller, E. C., Abel, R. A., & Milton, L. E. (2022). Caring for the Caregiver: A Feasibility Study of an Online Program that Addresses Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Secondary Trauma. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 10(1), 1-14.

Clifton, M., Boden, L., & *Milton, L.E. (2021). Toxic stress in children and youth: Exploring the role of community-based programming to support health and well-being in the United States. Children & Society, 36, 137-148.

Schnedl, K., & *Milton, L. E. (2021). Outcomes of international service learning: Alumni perspectives. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 5(3), 1-22.

Milton, L. E., Bantel, S., Calmer, K., Friedman, M., Haley, E., & Rubarts, L. (2019). Yoga and autism: Students’ perspectives on the Get Ready To Learn Yoga Program. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(4), 1-10.

Murphy-Hagan, A., & Milton, L. E. (2019). Qualitative Analysis of Peer Supervision Training Needs in a Student-Run Occupational Therapy Clinic. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 3 (2).

Book Chapters and Other

Pitonyak, J.S., & Milton, L.E. (2022). Children and youth who have encountered adverse childhood experiences. In L.C. Grajo & A. Boiselle (Eds.), Adaptation, coping, and resilience in children and youth (pp. 313 – 336). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.

Smallfield, S., & Milton, L.E. (2020). Bridging the gap between entry-level education and the demands of clinical practice. In S. Taff, L.C. Grajo, & B. Hooper (Eds.), Perspectives in OT education: Past, present, and future. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.

Otty, R. & Milton, L. (2016). Collaborative structures in a graduate program. In J. Bernstein & B. Flinders (Eds.), New Directions for Teaching and Learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Milton, L. & Lovett B. (2014). Sleep, occupation and sensory integration. In J. Hereford (Ed.), Sleep and Rehabilitation: A Guide for Health Professionals (pp. 265-277). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.


2018: Nominee for the Teaching with Technology Award, Focus on Teaching with Technology Conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on September 28, 2018
2014: Service Commendation, Education Special Interest Section (EDSIS) Professional Development Coordinator for Education/Research, American Occupational Therapy Association

Milton, Lauren

Milton, Lauren, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine

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Phone: (314) 286-1872
Fax: (314) 286-0631


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