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

Associate Professor, OT programs


San Marcos, CA


College of Rehabilitative Sciences


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
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University

Research Interests

Neurorehabilitation of the hemiparetic upper extremity following motor relearning priniciples

Maureen Johnson, PhD, MS, OT/L, BCPR, C/NDT, known as “Dr. Mo,” 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. Johnson has worked at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center as an occupational therapist (OT) and as a Neuro Educator/Clinical Specialist at 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.

Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the San Marcos, CA campus where she teaches Anatomy Applied to Occupation, Patient/Client Care Management and Assistive Technology.

She 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. Her recent research relates to simulation, debriefing and interprofessional education in occupational therapy education.

In addition, Dr. Johnson is the Director of Classifications for the U.S. 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.