Paula Kramer PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Paula Kramer PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Program Director, 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 eleven-year old son. Paula enjoys theater, traveling, shopping and especially spending time with family and good friends. She has recently been to Australia and Italy, and is planning a trip to Alaska. Paula lives in Central New Jersey.

She enjoys the role of professor and scholar in occupational therapy. She received the prestigious Fellow (FAOTA) designation from 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), and is on the AOTA Board of Directors. Paula received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in Occupational Therapy from New York University.

Clinical Practice

Early intervention, pediatric practice, sensory integration and learning disabilities.

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."

Kramer P. & Hinojosa, J. (in press). 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.

Kramer P. & Hinojosa, J. (2006). The need for academic doctorates in occupational therapy. Philippine Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2, 1/2 , 62-64.

Contact Information

Office location: 4500 Woodland Ave Room 122
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