Dr. Karen Snyder joined USAHS in January 2012 as contributing faculty and accepted the Academic Program Director position in March 2015. She earned her PhD in Education from Walden University in 2014, Master of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 1992, and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in 1985. She brings more than 30 years of managerial and clinical experience in a variety of settings specializing in orthopedic, neurological, cognitive, emotional, and pediatric disorders. In addition, Dr. Snyder authored materials presented at the WASC Academic Resource Conference, Online Learning Consortium, International Autism Conference, Autism One Conference, AOTA National Conferences, Florida Occupational Therapy Association Conference, and published most recently in the Journal of Occupational Therapy Education and in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Snyder recently submitted proposals to the World Confederation of Physical Therapy to address interprofessional education opportunities.
Dr. Snyder is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Florida Occupational Therapy Association, with special interest activities focused in interprofessional education in higher education. Her passion is to encourage all students to advance the profession of occupational therapy through research and education. Her research expertise is in qualitative studies.