Karen Jacobs, Ed.D., OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA* is a past president and vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a 2005 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Akureyri in Akuryeri, Iceland. Dr. Jacobs is a clinical professor of occupational therapy and the Program Director of the post-professional distance education programs in occupational therapy at Boston University. She has worked at Boston University for 26 years.
Dr. Jacobs earned a doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts in 1993, a Master of Science in occupational therapy at Boston University Sargent College in 1979, and a Bachelor of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1973.
In addition to being an occupational therapist, Dr. Jacobs is also a board certified professional ergonomist and the founding editor of the international journal WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (IOS Press, The Netherlands).
Dr. Jacobs is actively involved in research. Her research examines the interface between the environment and human capabilities. In particular, she examines the individual factors and environmental demands associated with increased risk of functional limitations among populations of university and middle school aged students, particularly in computing and backpack use (http://people.bu.edu/kjacobs/index.shtml). Dr. Jacobs has a small consulting business in ergonomics.
*Ed.D--doctorate in education, OTR/--registered, licensed occupational therapist, CPE-certified professional ergonomist, FAOTA—Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.