Paula Kramer PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Paula Kramer PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Director of the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

Director of the Genesis Center

Professor of Occupational Therapy


BS (New York University)

MS (New York University)

PhD (New York University)


Occupational Roles

Wife, Mother, Professor, Occupational Therapist, Scholar, Commuter, Shopper, Theatergoer, Disney Enthusiast

Occupational History

Paula juggles her primary family occupations with her interests in occupational therapy. She is married to David, a business executive, and they are the proud parents of Andrew, their son. Paula enjoys theater, traveling, shopping and especially spending time with family and good friends. She has recently been to Japan and Alaska. Paula lives in Central New Jersey.

She enjoys the role of professor and scholar in occupational therapy, and has been the recipient of many awards. In 2012, Paula received the prestigious Award of Merit, the highest award given by the American Occupational Therapy Association. She was given the A. Jean Ayres Award from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2005, for her contributions to scholarship in practice, education and research. In 1985, she received was named a Fellow (FAOTA) of the AOTA for her service and scholarly contributions to the profession in the area of pediatrics. Paula has been very active in the profession serving on the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Association (ACOTE), the AOTA Board of Directors and the Board of Therapy Missions, a non-for profit organization. Paula received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She has co-authored 6 texts that are widely used.

Clinical Practice

Early intervention, pediatric practice, school based practice, sensory integration and learning disabilities, and education.

Area of Research

The relationship between theory and practice, pediatric evaluation practices, and intervention models with the well elderly.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Paula completed investigating ways to enhance the quality of life for the well elderly in assisted living, through the use of occupational and physical therapy. This project was funded by a grant from the PHA Foundations of New Jersey, Inc. She has written extensively on the relationship between theory and practice, particularly in the area of pediatrics and frames of reference. She has co-authored several texts and chapters on pediatric practice and assessment & evaluations. She is currently writing the third edition of "Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy."

Hinojosa, J. & Kramer, P. (2014).  Evaluation: Obtaining and interpreting data, 4nd ed. Bethesda, MD: AOTA.

Kramer, P. & Hinojosa, J. (2014). Activity synthesis as a means to structure occupation. In J. Hinojosa & M. L. Blount (Eds), The texture of life: Occupation and related activities. 4rd Ed. p. 121- 140. Bethesda MD: AOTA Press.

Blount, M.L., Hinojosa J. & Kramer, P. (2014).  Reflections for the future: Occupations, purposeful activities and activities. In J. Hinojosa & M. L. Blount (Eds), The texture of life: Occupation and related activities. 4rd Ed. p. 417-434. Bethesda MD: AOTA Press.

Royeen, C.B., & Kramer, P. (2013).  Professional preparation for practice.  In J. Higgs, W. Letts , D. Sheehan , J. Baldry-Currens , and G. Jensen (eds.)  Realising Exemplary Practice-Based Education, p. 25-32.  Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Silverman, F., Kramer, P., & Ravitch, S. (2011). A systems approach to understanding occupational therapy service negotiations in a preschool setting.  Occupational and Physical Therapy in Pediatrics 31, (1), 31-43.

Kramer P. & Hinojosa, J. (2010). Frames of reference for pediatric occupational therapy, 3rd edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Willkins.

Hinojosa, J. & Kramer P. (2008). Integrating children with disabilities into family play. In L.D. Parham & L.S. Fazio (Ed.), Play in occupational therapy for children, 2nd ed, (pp. 321 – 334). St. Louis, MO: C.V. Mosby.

Kramer P., Ideishi, R., Kearney, P.J., Cohen, M.E., Ames, J.O., Shea, G.B., Schemm, R., & Blumberg, P. (2007). Active learning techniques: An essential component of an occupation-based curriculum design. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 21, 1-2 185-198.

Gutman, S.A., Mortera, M., Hinojosa, J., & Kramer P. (2007). The issue is: It is time to revise the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 119-126.

Contact Information

Office location: 4500 Woodland Ave Room 100
Mailing address: Box 8
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.8767

p [dot] kramer [at] usciences [dot] edu