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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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Sarah Bream OTD, OTR/L(she/her/hers)

Sarah Bream OTD, OTR/L

Associate Chair of Academic & Community Program Support and Development, Director of the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Program and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy

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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



Book Chapters

Bream, S. (2019). Becoming a change agent. In K. Jacobs & G. L. McCormack (Eds.), Occupational therapy manager (6th ed., pp. 225-232). AOTA Press.


Other Articles

Bream, S. R. (2013, March 25). The history of occupational therapy in adolescent mental health practice [Continuing education article]. OT Practice, 18(5), CE1-CE8. Full text Show abstract


Other Articles

Bream, S. (2010, June 28). Meeting the mental health needs of adolescents. OT Practice, 15(11), 15-18. Full text