Carnie Lewis OTD, OTR/L, CLT (she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Carnie Lewis completed her Bachelor’s to Master’s (BS-MA) progressive degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. She then completed her Occupational Therapy Doctorate at USC with an acute care clinical residency at USC’s Keck Hospital and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Hospital. Throughout her clinical residency, she worked on further advancing occupational therapy’s role in multidisciplinary fall prevention and exploring OT’s role in palliative care within the acute care healthcare system. In addition, Carnie has a passion for advocacy and healthcare policy at the local, national and International level.
Dr. Lewis currently serves as a clinical faculty member at Keck Hospital of USC and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Hospital. She is a certified lymphedema therapist, and continues to focus on advancing occupational therapy within fall prevention and palliative care. In addition, Dr. Lewis currently serves as the OTAC Practice, Ethics and Reimbursement Co-Chair.
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2019 | University of Southern California
Master of Arts (MA)
in Occupational Therapy
2018 | University of Southern California
Bachelor of Science (BS)
in Occupational Therapy, Minor in International Relations
2017 | University of Southern California
Wilcox, J., Peterson, K. S., Lewis, C. M., & Margetis, J. L. (2021). Occupational therapy during COVID-19–related critical illness: A case report. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75( Suppl. 1), 7511210010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2021.049196 Show abstract
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has presented unique challenges for occupational therapy practitioners working in acute and critical care settings. Using the best available evidence, this case report overviews a prototypical COVID-19 disease course and discusses key aspects of clinical reasoning for practitioners working with this novel population. Following a single patient admitted to a tertiary academic medical center, the authors review the occupational profile and medical history, common impairments, the intervention plan, and strategies to align the occupational therapy and medical goals of care.