Kelsey Peterson OTD, OTR/L, Neuro-IFRAH® Certified
Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Kelsey Peterson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in clinical/behavioral applications from California Lutheran University. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she became an English teacher in Japan and a life enrichment director at an assisted living community upon returning to the United States. In 2015 she returned to California to complete her master’s degree and clinical doctorate in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. As a doctoral resident at Keck Hospital of USC, she focused on the effect of mild neurocognitive dysfunction on patients’ quality of life and improving meaningful participation for those diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Dr. Peterson currently serves as a clinical faculty member at Keck Hospital of USC, where she works primarily with patients experiencing neurological dysfunction across the continuum of care.
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2018 | University of Southern California
Master of Arts (MA)
in Occupational Therapy
2017 | University of Southern California
Bachelor of Science (BS)
in Psychology (emphasis in Clinical/Behavioral Application)
2011 | California Lutheran University
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.