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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Kelsey Peterson OTD, OTR/L, Neuro-IFRAH® Certified

Kelsey Peterson OTD, OTR/L, Neuro-IFRAH® Certified

Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

Keck Hospital
CHP 133
(323) 442-5370
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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



Journal Articles

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