Sarah Bream OTD, OTR/L (she/her/hers)
Associate Chair of Operations, Community Partnerships and Development; Director of the Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Program; and Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Dr. Sarah Bream is Associate Chair of Operations, Community Partnerships and Development; Director of the Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program; and Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy. She has been an occupational therapist for nearly 30 years and teaches graduate courses on mental health, community-based program development and leadership. Dr. Bream oversees the PP-OTD doctoral residency program, in which more than 80 post-professional residents pursue advanced leadership development in the areas of research, pedagogy, clinical practice and policy and 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 12 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 more than 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.