2015: Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

The 5th Annual Glen E. Gresham Lecture was presented by Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. Baum is the Elias Michael director and professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work at Washington University School of Medicine.

Topic: The Changing Face of Stroke: Opportunities for Rehabilitation

Baum is known for her interdisciplinary perspectives and has served in many policy initiatives which have been intended to develop rehabilitation science and improve care. She served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Assessing Rehabilitation Science and Engineering which resulted in the book Enabling America; the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research Advisory Committee of National Institutes of Health, which led to the development of rehabilitation science. She was president of the American Occupational Therapy Association where she led the development of the Centennial vision which included a major focus for occupational therapy to be science-driven and evidence-based. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis and on the board of directors and chairs the research commission of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. All of these efforts have been directed at improving the lives of people with disabling and chronic health conditions.

Baum's science has focused on people with neurological conditions, particularly in the areas of cognition, rehabilitation, and participation. Since 1996 she has been the principle investigator of the James S. Foundation project “Linking Neuroscience to Everyday life” where over 18,000 patients diagnosed with stroke have been evaluated to understand the issues faced with mild and moderate stroke. The data has been used to design interventions to extend rehabilitation to address cognitive and psychological issues in addition to motor recovery. Recently her work includes building a self management approach to extend community rehabilitation following stroke with Joy Hammel and as an investigator to validate cognitive and participation measures as a part of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes Project with Allen Heinemann and David Tulskey.