Pamela Karp earned her doctoral degree from Concordia University after successfully defending her dissertation entitled, “A Case Study to Determine Classroom and Field Educator Perspectives on Occupational Therapy Student Readiness for Transition to Clinical Practice” in December 2018. She earned a post-professional Master of Health Science degree from the University of Florida in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Stony Brook University in 1999. She has been a certified hand therapist since 2005.
Karp has 21 years of experience in upper extremity rehabilitation treating clients with cumulative pathology, trauma, and neurological dysfunction in the upper quarter. Between 2008 and 2014, she served as adjunct faculty at numerous occupational therapy programs, and as academic fieldwork coordinator at Stony Brook University between 2014 and 2016, before assuming her position as full time faculty at New York Tech in January 2017.
Karp has presented to health care professionals and students on a variety of topics including orthotic fabrication, work-related upper extremity injuries and ergonomics, creating non-traditional, community-based fieldwork placements, professional advocacy, and fieldwork educator support. Her current research interests include the translation of knowledge from the classroom to the clinic and the meaning of preparedness for clinical education from the situated perspectives of both classroom and field educators.
Recent Projects and Research
- Karp, P., Lavin, K., & Collins, T. Exploring how occupational therapy practitioners prepare for their role as fieldwork educator and their use of available supports. Protocol # BHS-315 10/3/2017. Data analysis in progress.
- Karp, P. & Gallagher, R. Examination of in-class note-taking strategies among students in health professions programs.Protocol # BHS-1392 6/11/2018. Data collection in progress.
- Block, P. and Karp, P. (September 2020) We Float Together: Immersing OT Students in the Salamander Project. In Occupation-Based Social Inclusion. (Eds. Brueggen, H., Kantartzis, S., and Pollard, N. Whiting and Birch, London, UK).
- Karp, P. Occupational Therapy Student Readiness for Transition to the Fieldwork Environment: A Pilot Case Study. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (accepted for publication March 2020)
- Karp, P. and Gallagher, R. “Student Perceptions and Grade Comparisons After Exposure to Instructor-Made Skills Videos in a Kinesiology Course” Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (July 2019).
- Karp, P. A Case Study to Determine Classroom and Field Educator Perspectives on Occupational Therapy Student Readiness for Transition to Clinical Practice. Dissertation for EdD, Concordia University. https://commons.cu-portland.edu/edudissertations/197/ (December 2018).
Honors and Awards
- Outstanding Teaching Award, NYIT, School of Health Professions, 2019
- Faculty Honor Award: Stony Brook University, School of Health Technology and Management, 2013
- Outstanding Alumnus of the Year: Stony Brook University, School of Health Technology and Management, 2010
- OCTH 608 Adult Development and Geriatrics
- OCTH 611 Models of OT Practice
- OCTH 614 Physical Conditions in Adults
- OCTH 744 Upper Extremities and Hand Therapy