Maureen Johnson, PhD, MS, OT/L, BCPR, C/NDT, CHSE-A

Assistant Professor, OT programs


San Marcos, CA


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program


Adult Rehabilitation
Healthcare Higher Education
Interprofessional Education
Neurological Disorders
Neurological Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injuries
Sports Medicine
Traumatic Brain Injuries


Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Walden University
Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University
Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University

Research Interests

Neurorehabilitation of the hemiparetic upper extremity following motor relearning priniciples

Dr. Maureen Johnson, PhD, MS, OT/L, BCPR, C/NDT, received her bachelors and post professional Master’s in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University and her Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a focus on learning, instruction, and innovation. She has more than 30 years of experience with a variety of patient populations primarily focused on individuals with neurologic impairments such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Mo has worked at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, as an occupational therapist and a Neuro Educator/Clinical Specialist and Scripps Memorial Hospital, with a focus on adult rehabilitation from the Intensive Care Unit to Acute Rehabilitation. Additionally, she has worked as an OT in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, South America and routinely works with Children’s Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico.

She holds a board certification in physical rehabilitation, neurodevelopment treatment, and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.

Currently Dr. Mo is Assistant Professor and core faculty at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the San Marcos, California campus where she teaches Anatomy Applied to Occupation, Patient/Client Care Management, and Assistive Technology.

Dr. Mo is a frequent national and international presenter on topics related to occupational therapy education, assistive technology, interprofessional education, simulation and debriefing, and rehabilitation practice. She has been a chapter contributor in a patient care management textbook. Dr. Mo’s recent research relates to simulation, debriefing, and interprofessional education in occupational therapy education.

In addition, Dr. Mo is the Director of Classifications for the US Open of Adaptive Surfing and Head of International Classification for Para Surfing. Currently she is conducting research on the Para Surfing Classification system and sport classes.