Karen Barney Awarded Retired Educators Commendation


Dr. Karen Barney 

Karen Barney Ph.D., OTR, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is a recipient of the 2014 American Occupational Therapy Association Retired Educators Commendation. Dr. Barney is being acknowledged for her exceptional leadership and commitment to the advancement of occupational therapy education. The award will be presented to Dr. Barney at the 2014 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo in Baltimore, Md in attendance by over 7,000 professionals

Geriatric occupational therapy has been Dr. Barney's specialty for 45 years of her career, with practice experience throughout the continuum of health care and health services administration. She served as vice chair, followed by chair, of the Department for over a decade, until July 2013, when she retired. She speaks of retirement as "retreading," since she never intended to end her participation in all her Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy activities.

Building upon her experience at Saint Louis University, as chair emeritus, she currently serves as acting director of the Saint Louis University Prison Program, while Kenneth Parker, the director, is on sabbatical. Within this role she leads the development of a new interprofessional model of practice to prepare individuals who are released from prison to re-enter society. The SLU Prison Program offers an Associates of Arts degree to members of the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, MO through the College of Arts and Sciences. Her continuing research focuses on occupational justice with marginalized populations and innovative service models that promote health and quality of life.

The American Occupational Therapy Association is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. Current AOTA membership is approximately 50,000, including occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students. Find out more about The American Occupational Therapy Association athttp://www.aota.org.

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