Karen Marie Keptner
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: HS 123
 Phone: 216-687-3579
 Email: K.KEPTNER@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. HS 123, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
occupational therapy, justice, transitions, emerging adults, psychosocial practice, forensics
Ph.D., Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, 2014
M.S., Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, 2004
B.S., Occupational Therapy, Cleveland State University, 1999
Brief Bio:
Dr. Keptner has been a student and faculty member at CSU.  She started her career at CSU in 2005 as a part-time instructor.  Since then, she has had multiple roles.  Currently, she is the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator and associate professor in the Occupational Therapy program where she teaches Doctoral-level Occupational Therapy students about working with clients with cognitive deficits and mental illness. In addition, she has developed unique experiences for students at the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, at a re-integration center for women who are incarcerated, and within CSU's Office of Disability Services and Sullivan-Deckard program. She has also developed a credit-bearing course that uses a strength-based occupational therapy approach to help undergraduate and professional and graduate students manage their role as student.
Creative and Activities:
Dr. Keptner works with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in developing countries. She helps with curriculum development and mentors new grad occupational therapists. She regularly mentors students at various levels of their professional journey.
Research Interests:
Dr. Keptner's primary research interest is in college student mental health and student success. She promotes the role of occupational therapy and the value of OT in higher education settings.  In addition, she conducts research that includes justice-involved individuals - currently she is looking at sensory modulation, leisure, and the impact of environment on function within a correctional facility. She also researches students experiences in occupational therapy.
Professional Affiliations:
American Occupational Therapy Association
World Federation of Occupational Therapists
Society for the Study of Occupation
Ohio Occupational Therapy Association
Congress of Rehabilitation Professionals
Academy Health
Professional Experience:
Dr. Keptner has worked across the lifespan from 3 years to 103 years and across practice settings as an occupational therapist (schools, skilled nursing, community-based practice, acute care hospital, outpatient).