Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

Kern, Stephen

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Stephen B. Kern

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


  • National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist: Pennsylvania

University Appointment

  • Director, MSOT, Center City
  • Professor

Professional Societies

  • Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, World Federation of Occupational Therapy
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, American Spinal Injury Association
  • Member, Alpha Eta Society

Research & Clinical Interests

  • Environmental supports and barriers to participation in meaningful occupations for individuals experiencing chronic health conditions
  • Occupational justice
  • Interprofessional education/practice and collaboration
  • Merging of design, participation, and health
  • Facilitating refugee resettlement, health, and participation in meaningful daily occupation

Awards & Honors

  • James B. Erdmann PhD Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society, 2006, Member
  • Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Roster of Fellows (FAOTA), 2000, Seattle, WA
  • Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Master Clinician Award, 1996, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia Region Fieldwork Consortium, Leadership in Clinical Education Award, 1996, Philadelphia, PA
  • Master Clinician Award, Thomas Jefferson University, 1991, Philadelphia, PA