Faculty and Staff

Catherine Emenheiser, Ph.D., OTR/L

Chair of Occupational Therapy Department

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S. Boston University
  • B.S. Albright College


Catherine Emenheiser is an Assistant Professor and member of the Alvernia community since 1999. She earned a Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences rom Virginia Commonwealth University, having successfully defended her dissertation entitled: Relieving Post-Stroke Fatigue Using a Group-Based Educational Training Approach. She has an MS in Occupational Therapy from Boston University and a BS in Psycho-Biology from Albright College. She achieved Board Certification in Neurorehabilitation (1998-2006) through the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Before coming to Alvernia, Dr. Emenheiser practiced occupational therapy in long-term care and acute rehabilitation, specializing in treatment of people who sustained traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurologic condtions. She continued active practice in home health care until fall 2015. Dr. Emery teaches courses in neurorehabilitation, occupational therapy intervention process, therapy intervention for adult populations, public policy and advocacy, and research. She serves as academic advisor for Gamma Rho chaper of Pi Theta Epsilon, the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society, is a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and Advocates for Inclusive Engagement for the University. She is a member of the graduate Academic Council as Coordinator of the Entry-level MSOT Program and on the University Assessment Team as Associate Director of Assessment for the School of Graduate and Adult Education.

Dr. Emenheiser is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, where she served as an officer at both the state and district levels. She earned the President's Award of Service as Secretary of POTA. Scholarly contributions include publication in the American Journal of Allied Health (article entitled "Scholarship in Real Time: Use of Assignments to Achieve Scholarship of Teaching") and presentations (Infusing Institutional Values and Mission to Foster Professional Development, IRB: What It Is and Why It Matters and Outcomes Analysis Using FIM in Adult Rehabilitation). She has completed invited manuscript reviews involving research in occupational therapy, the occupational therapy intervention process, occupational therapy dcoumentation and vestibular rehabilitation. Current research involves interventions for stroke rehabilitation, the role of occupational therapy in sleep, eithics in research, and fostering professional behaviors through mission integration.

Contact Information

Catherine Emery

Catherine Emenheiser
Assistant Professor 

     Bernardine Hall 114D
     Phone: 610.790.1918
     Fax: 610.796.5516

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