Dr. Tucker primarily works with adults and adolescents with neurological and orthopedic conditions affecting their mobility to provide comprehensive assessments to assist clients in obtaining the mobility device, seating systems and/or assistive technology that best meets their needs for their preferred daily activities.
Dr. Tucker’s research interests in clinical outcomes are related to wheeled mobility devices such as manual and power wheelchair and scooters and exercise interventions for people with mobility limitations, wheelchair propulsion training interventions for manual wheelchair users, and adaptive sports. She is also interested in educational research related to the impact of case-based learning courses on occupational therapy students’ clinical reasoning skills.
Dr. Tucker is coursemaster in the Applied Clinical Practice I, II, III and IV courses for clinical track students, a co-coursemaster in the Case Based Learning I and II courses and assists as a guest lecturer and lab instructor in the Supporting Participation with Technology and Environmental Interventions course.
2014: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Program in Occupational Therapy
2002: MS in occupational therapy, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Program in Occupational Therapy, Saint Louis, MO
2000: BA in psychology, Washington University
Dr. Tucker earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in 2000. There, she was a member of three NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship teams and a member of the women’s softball team in their inaugural NCAA season. Dr. Tucker earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in 2002. Since 2003, she has worked for the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in various capacities including as a researcher, staff therapist and educator. Dr. Tucker has been involved in various research projects as a research interventionist, research coordinator and as a principal investigator. She provided clinical evaluations and intervention services as an occupational therapist for 15 years and has studied clinical outcomes for the past five years. She has served in an educator capacity in the Program in Occupational Therapy for more than 10 years in various courses for the MSOT and OTD degree programs. Dr. Tucker is a member of the Clinician Task Force, which is a national group of experienced seating and mobility clinicians that work to inform and promote public policy, best practices and positive outcomes regarding people with disabilities who require seating, positioning and mobility products. She has more than 17 years of experience in coaching adaptive sports and has been the assistant coach of the USA Wheelchair Rugby team since 2013 and the head coach of the St. Louis Spartans wheelchair rugby team since 2001. She is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP).
Morgan, KA, Taylor, KL, Dashner, JL, Tucker, SM, Bean-Kampwerth, L, et al., A community-based exercise program for individuals with a mobility disability. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (submitted).
Morgan K.A., Taylor, K.L., Tucker, S.M., Cade, W.T., Klaesner, J. (2018). Exercise testing using a roller system for manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. DOI: 10.1080/10790268.2018.1443542
Glueck, D.A., Grice, G.R., Rea, G.B, Perlmutter, M.S., Rotter, B., Hageman, H., Pitt, J. Tucker, S., Bunt, G., Weber, A. & McConachie, A. (2015). Building Interprofessional Simulations that Emphasize Flexibility and Teamwork in Treatment Planning. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xjep.2015.07.032
Morgan, K. A., Tucker, S. M., Engsberg, J. R., & Klaesner, J. (2015). A motor learning approach to wheelchair training for new manual wheelchair users: A pilot study. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 1-20.
Tucker, S.M., Walker, C.W. Taylor, K.L. Walker, K.A. & Morgan, K. (2017). Evaluation Considerations in a Community-Based Seating and Mobility Clinic. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections: A Supplement to OT Practice, 2(1), 10-12.
Morgan, K. & Tucker, S. Adaptive Sports for Nonmilitary Clients. OT Practice. May 2007.
2016: Order of Ikkos Award for Silver Medal Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby
2014: Team Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Washington University St. Louis
2013: Pi Theta Epsilon Honorable Inductee
2011: Individual Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Washington University St. Louis
2007: National Women’s Football Association Rookie of the Year
2003: Volunteer of the Year St. Louis Wheelchair Athletic Association
2001: Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society for Occupational Therapy
2000: Women’s Basketball NCAA National Champion
1999-2000: All UAA Second Team Women’s Basketball
1999 Women’s Basketball NCAA National Champion
1998-1999: All UAA Second Team Women’s Basketball
1998-1999: NCAA Tournament All-Sectional Selection 1998: Women’s Basketball NCAA National Champion
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