Lauren Foster, OTD, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education
Lauren Foster, OTD, OTR/L, teaches courses in KU's entry-level and post-professional doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. Her clinical experience includes work in a variety of settings, including early intervention, mental health, telehealth services, and physical rehabilitation.
Foster graduated from Boston University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
From 2010 to 2014, Foster was on the department's faculty before moving to provide occupational therapy services in various clinical settings. She returned to KU in January 2019 to resume her role as a clinical assistant professor.
Foster's research and practice efforts focus on adult learning strategies, coaching, and community-based supports for adults and children with disabilities.
Dunn, W. Nicholson, B., & Foster, L. (2017). Chapter 12: Measuring participation at school, 239-268. In Law, M, Baum, C., & Dunn, W. [eds.]. Measuring Occupational Performance: Supporting Best Practice in Occupational Therapy. Slack Inc.
Lawson, L. M., & Foster, L. (2016). Sensory Patterns, Obesity, and Physical Activity Participation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(5), 7005180070p1-7005180070p8.
Foster, L. & Berry, J. (May 2016) Unraveling the reasons for food refusal in children. Occupational Therapy Practice.
Foster, L., Cox, J., & Mische-Lawson, L.; Englert Shutrump, S.; and Lutman, A. (2014). Staying in sight: Addressing children's mental health and safety. OT Practice (19)6, 8-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.7138/otp.2014.196f1
Selected Recent 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.