Shirley P. O'Brien, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Shirley P. O'Brien, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA


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Dr. Shirley Peganoff O’Brien is a University Foundation Professor at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in occupational science and occupational therapy and recognized as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She received a BS in occupational therapy from Temple University Philadelphia, PA; a MS in occupational therapy from Rush University, Chicago, IL; and a PhD from the University of Kentucky in educational policy analysis and evaluation. Dr. O’Brien has teaching and research expertise in policy development and leadership, sensory modulation and autism, online learning, and student mentoring. She is recognized for her application of interprofessional practice in community settings. Dr. O’Brien has received numerous awards for her work in pediatric occupational therapy practice, leadership, and teaching. She serves as coordinator of the Faculty Innovators at EKU and coordinator of the post professional doctoral program in occupational therapy. She has presented and published on the topics of effective technology use in the classroom, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and designing learning environments, along with other disciplinary applications in pediatrics, autism, and transition programing for students with disabilities into college environments.

Shirley P. O'Brien, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA