Dr. Catherine Emery is an Assistant Professor and member of the Alvernia community since 1999. After working with the team to transition from the BSOT to BSHS/MSOT curriculum in 2002, including the role of Department Chair; she accepted the opportunity to serve as Interim Dean of Enrollment Management. Her role in academic administration continued with a one-year appointment as Associate Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies followed by a return to the role of Dean of Enrollment Management. She returned to full-time faculty status in 2007 and has received her Ph.D. in Health Related Professions with a concentration in Occupational Therapy in 2015. Her dissertation research was focused on intervention for post-stroke fatigue.
Dr.Emery teaches courses in neuroscience, occupational therapy intervention planning and documentation, therapy intervention for adults, advocacy and public policy, and research. Before coming to Alvernia, Ms. Emery worked as an occupational therapist for 10 years. Her primary practice experience has been with people who sustained traumatic brain injury during acute rehabilitation and in long-term care settings throughout the Lancaster area. She successfully achieved Board Certification in Neurorehabilitation in 1998. She currently provides home health care in the Berks County area. Her research interests focus on interventions for stroke, the role of occupational therapy in sleep, ethics in research, and fostering professional behaviors through mission integration.
Dr. Emery 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. Her scholarly contributions include numerous presentations on Integration of Mission to Foster Professional Development, publication on the Use of Assignments to Achieve the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; a chapter on balance in the textbook; Functional Neurorehabilitation Through the Lifespan and several course related workbooks.
Alvernia University established the Gamma Rho chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society in 2011; to which Dr. Emery serves as advisor. She has also advised the Student Occupational Therapy Association and continues to mentor students in completion of their Master's level research. She has served on several University committees and currently serves on the Institutional Review Board for all University research. With the start of the MSOT Program in January 2014, she assumed the leadership role as Coordinator.