Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy

Kern, Stephen

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Stephen B. Kern, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Contact Dr. Kern

901 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-8013
(215) 503-2950 fax


PhD, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
MS, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
BS, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Board Certification

National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy

University Appointment

Director, Master of Science Program, Center City

Professional Societies

Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
American Occupational Therapy Association
World Federation of Occupational Therapy
American Public Health Association
American Spinal Injury Association

Research & Clinical Interests

My research interest is focused on understanding the human and non-human environmental supports and barriers to participation in meaningful occupations for individuals experiencing chronic health conditions; including health disparities.  Other scholarly activities involve interprofessional education/practice and collaboration; and the intersection of design/participation and health.

Primary Investigator - Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention - Interprofessinoal Collaborative Practice. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration July 2015-June 2018. #UD7HP28529.

Co-Investigator - Selecting Participation Outcome Instruments for Use in Occupational Therapy Research: A Scoping Review.  Thomas Jefferson University, Dean's Research Award.

Awards & Honors

Alpha Eta Honor Society, Member
Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Roster of Fellows (FAOTA)
Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Master Clinician Award
Philadelphia Region Fieldwork Consortium, Leadership in Clinical Education Award
Master Clinician Award, Thomas Jefferson University, College of Allied Health Sciences