Helen Carey, PhD, MSc Adv OT, OTR

Program Director, OT Programs—St. Augustine, FL Campus


St. Augustine, FL


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Adult Rehabilitation
Neurological Rehabilitation


PhD, University of Wales,
Master of Science in Advanced Occupational Therapy, Plymouth University
Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Education, Glyndwr University
Diploma Occupational Therapy Liverpool Institute of Higher Education

Research Interests

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Occupational Therapy Philosophy

Dr. Helen Carey has been an occupational therapist since 1990 and joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in March 2020 from the United Kingdom. With extensive clinical experience in mental health and physical fields, she developed a special interest in neurology and built clinical services in acute, outpatient and community settings, with her recent clinical role focused on case management rehabilitation for individuals with acquired brain injury at Reach Rehabilitation Services.

Dr. Carey managed occupational therapy services from 1996 and delivered a Therapy Director role in Chester, UK, and later supported the establishment of new occupational therapy education at Glyndwr University, North Wales, where she eventually led the occupational therapy service. Dr. Carey gained fellowship funding in 2012 and pursued her doctorate in 2017 with a focus on studying the impact of increasing the level of doing for individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). She has since devised the Model of Doing, which emphasizes delivering occupational therapy in a rehabilitation context.

Dr. Carey is Chairperson of the North Wales Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and a supporter of the Florida chapter of ALS. She has presented extensively on the delivery of occupational therapy for individuals with ALS Association. Dr. Carey is a 2021 Board Excellence Award recipient in the Student First-Faculty category. This is student-nominated recognition that the University Board of Directors awards annually.