Lauren Foster, OTD, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education
Lauren Foster, OTD, OTR/L, teaches courses in psychiatric conditions, analysis of occupations, and cognitive practice models, among others. She has worked in a variety of settings, including early intervention, mental health and physical rehabilitation. Admissions manager for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, she also serves on the school's diversity and cultural enrichment committee.
Foster graduated from Boston University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She earned her master's and doctorate from the University of Kansas in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
Foster's research and practice efforts focus on adult learning strategies, coaching, and community-based supports for adults and children with disabilities.
Dunn, W., Cox, J., Foster, L., Mische-Lawson, L., & Tanquary, J. (in press). Impact of a contextual intervention on parental competence and children's participation for children with autism: a pretest posttest repeated measures design. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Burgard, E., Foster, L., Kraus, L., & Radel, J. (2011). Performing single subject research design in practice. OT Practice, July. 21-23
Selected Recent and Current Grants
Foster, Lauren (Co-Investigator)
Promoting Participation in Swim Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
The major goals of the proposal are to increase the number of children with ASD completing a learn-to-swim instruction program and increase the number of children who transition from a learn-to-swim program to competitive swimming.
Foster, Lauren (Intervention Expert)
Evaluating Effectiveness of Contextually Relevant Sensory Processing Intervention
The major goal of this study is to test a sensory based intervention that is built on solid interdisciplinary evidence about use of everyday routines, and imbeds sensory processing knowledge within the daily life to create an integrated intervention.