Carrie Ciro, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy Education
Department of Occupational Therapy Education
Carrie Ciro, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education. As part of her faculty role, Ciro is actively engaged in research and service. She has practiced occupational therapy in clinical settings since 1990 and has published extensively, with numerous papers and articles in scholarly peer-reviewed journals.
Ciro’s practice expertise is with adults with neurological and orthopedic injuries in health care settings such as acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics. Ciro has also focused on working with older adults with chronic conditions including identifying and preventing occupational disabilities in this population. She has worked to understand how cognitive decline affects a person's ability to perform daily functions and has developed evidence-based interventions to help maintain a person's ability to perform activities of daily life, or delay their decline.
In addition to serving on committees for the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine as well as the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment, Ciro is also a member of the Gerontological Society of America. Ciro was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2013.
Ciro was the first occupational therapist to earn a national grant from the Alzheimer's Association to test a rehabilitation intervention for people with mild-to-moderate dementia. Named the Skill-building through Task-Oriented Motor Practice, or STOMP, intervention, Ciro's work has produced an evidence-informed model that examines the success of task-oriented training delivered through high-dose sessions. Her goal with STOMP is to improve occupational performance in those facing this condition.
Upon receiving her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Okla. in 1990, Ciro entered clinical practice as an occupational therapist. She completed her master's degree in health science in occupational therapy at the University of Indianapolis in 2000. In 2010, she earned a doctorate in preventative medicine and community health from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.
Selected Research Grant Funding
Alzheimer’s Association 10/1/14 - 9/30/16
High-dose, mass practice intervention to reduce ADL disability in dementia.
The purpose of this award is examine differences in ADL outcomes between the intensive STOMP protocol and a less-intensive STOMP protocol in people with mild-moderate dementia.
CTSA Inter-Institutional Pilot Project Award: UNM HSC & OUHSC 4/1/13 - 3-31-14
Examining the advantages of delivering the STOMP intervention in the home environment.
The purpose of this award is to examine the advantages conferred by delivering the Skill-Building through Task-Oriented Motor Practice (STOMP) dementia intervention in a home vs. clinical environment in two sites in Oklahoma City, OK and Albuquerque, NM.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration 9/1/12 - 9/1/15
Technology use in educating advanced practice registered nurses and allied health students for team-based care.