Sarah Bream OTD, OTR/L(she/her/hers)
Associate Chair of Academic & Community Program Support and Development, Director of the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Program and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Dr. Sarah Bream is Associate Chair of Academic and Community Program Support and Development, Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy, and Director of the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program. She has been an occupational therapist for twenty-four years and teaches graduate courses on mental health, community-based program development, and leadership. Dr. Bream oversees the doctoral residency program, in which 99 post-professional residents pursue advanced leadership development in the areas of research, pedagogy, clinical practice, and policy & administration. Her passion in this role centers around the development of new and sustainable roles for occupational therapy that create an impact at the community level by promoting access, inclusivity and the overall health of communities.
Prior to her appointment at USC, Dr. Bream served as Division Director for twelve years in the non-profit sector at Occupational Therapy Training Program. Within this leadership role, Dr. Bream oversaw all daily operations, grant development, and a staff of over 100 interdisciplinary professionals providing mental health services to children, adolescents and families living in underserved communities across Los Angeles. Dr. Bream’s clinical expertise has focused primarily on mental health, in particular children, adolescents and young adults. Additional expertise includes inpatient psychiatry, acute care, and cardiac rehabilitation.
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2009 | University of Southern California
Master of Arts (MA)
in Occupational Therapy
1996 | University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
in Art History
1994 | Moorhead State University
Bream, S. (2019). Becoming a change agent. In K. Jacobs & G. L. McCormack (Eds.), Occupational therapy manager (6th ed., pp. 225-232). AOTA Press.
To more clearly understand how the profession of occupational therapy has historically defined, viewed, and interpreted clinical practice specific to adolescent mental health, the author of this article conducted an in-depth review and analysis of the topic in occupational therapy literature, including Occupational Therapy Archives (1917 to 1924), Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation (1925 to 1950), the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (1960 to 2009); and 11 editions of Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy textbooks (1947 to 2009). This article offers insight into how the profession of occupational therapy has historically conceptualized clinical practice settings, interdisciplinary collaboration, therapeutic approaches, and types of intervention specific to our role in adolescent mental health practice. The article also includes a timeline of key historical events that have helped shape occupational therapy practice in adolescent mental health.
Bream, S. (2010, June 28). Meeting the mental health needs of adolescents. OT Practice, 15(11), 15-18. Full text