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

Piersol, Catherine

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Catherine Verrier Piersol

Catherine Verrier Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Contact Dr. Piersol

901 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-9509
(215) 923-2475 fax


PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
MS, Boston University, Boston, MA
BS, Tufts University, Medford, MA


  • National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist: Pennsylvania and New Jersey

University Appointment

  • Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Director, Jefferson Elder Care        

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, Gerontological Society of America

Research & Clinical Interests

  • Intervention research in neurocognitive disorders and caregiving
  • Translation and delivery of evidence-based interventions into realworld settings for persons with neurocognitive disorders and their caregivers
  • Caregiver appraisal of functional capacity in persons with neurocognitive disorders and its impact on safety, participation and care
  • Person-environment-occupation fit and the impact on function and aging in place

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow of American Occupational Therapy Association, 2015, Bethesda, MD
  • Stephen Heater Award of Outstanding Achievement, 2013, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jeanette Blair Writer’s Award, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2013, Bethesda, MD
  • Award of Appreciation, Philadelphia University Occupational Therapy Program, Class of 2006, 2009, Philadelphia, PA
  • Award of Appreciation, Philadelphia University Occupational Therapy Program, Class of 2003, 2006, Philadelphia, PA
  • Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Department of Labor, National Occupational Information Network, 2006, Washington, DC
  • Occupational Therapist Award of Recognition, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, 1999, Philadelphia, PA
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Service Commendation, 2003, 2006, 2011, Bethesda, MD
  • Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Service Award, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2011, Philadelphia, PA


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Improving Glycemic Control in African Americans With Diabetes and Mild Cognitive Impairment
  2. Enhanced SAIL Program: Evaluation of an Evidence-based Fall Prevention Program for Community Dwelling Elders
  3. Tailored activities to reduce neuropsychiatric behaviors in persons with dementia: Case report
  4. Stakeholder engagement in research: A scoping review of current evaluation methods
  5. Dementia Family Caregivers’ Willingness to Pay for an In-home Program to Reduce Behavioral Symptoms and Caregiver Stress
  6. An intervention to reduce neuropsychiatric symptoms and caregiver burden in dementia: Preliminary results from a randomized trial of the tailored activity program–outpatient version
  7. Implementation of an evidence-based intervention to improve the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers: Study protocol for 'Care of People with dementia in their Environments (COPE)' in the Australian context
  8. Targeting Behavioral Symptoms and Functional Decline in Dementia: A Randomized Clinical Trial
  9. Occupational therapy interventions for people with Alzheimer's disease
  10. Effects of the tailored activity program in Brazil (TAP-BR) for persons with dementia
  11. Effectiveness of Interventions for Caregivers of People With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Major Neurocognitive Disorders: A Systematic Review
  12. Functional outcomes of the low vision depression prevention trial in age-related macular degeneration
  13. Translation of the Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environments (COPE) intervention in a publicly-funded home care context: Rationale and research design
  14. Reducing neuropsychiatric symptoms in persons with dementia and associated burden in family caregivers using tailored activities: Design and methods of a randomized clinical trial
  15. A Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Veterans' In-home Program for Military Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injury and Their Families: Report on Impact for Family Members
  16. Efficacy and acceptability of a home-based, family-inclusive intervention for veterans with TBI: A randomized controlled trial
  17. Home: An evolving context for health care
  18. Psychometric properties of the Functional Capacity Card Sort for caregivers of people with dementia
  19. Scholarship of Practice in the Care of People with Dementia: Creating the Future Through Collaborative Efforts
  20. Nonpharmacological interventions to reduce behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia: A systematic review
  21. Exploration of Individual and Family Factors Related to Community Reintegration in Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injury
  22. The Let's Go Program for Community Participation: A Feasibility Study
  23. Effectiveness and acceptability within a skilled nursing facility setting
  24. Correlates of quality of life for individuals with dementia living at home: The role of home environment, caregiver, and patient-related characteristics
  25. Meeting the needs of caregivers of persons with dementia: An important role for occupational therapy