Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA is a past president and vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She is a 2005 recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Akureyri in Akuryeri, Iceland; the 2009 recipient of the Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT); received the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2003; and the 2011 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award.
Jacobs is a clinical professor of occupational therapy and the program director of the online post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) program at Boston University. She has worked at Boston University for 33 years and has expertise in the development and instruction of online graduate courses.
Jacobs earned a doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science at Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
In addition to being an occupational therapist, Jacobs is also a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) and the founding editor-in-chief of the international, interprofessional journal WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (IOS Press, The Netherlands) and is a consultant in ergonomics, marketing and entrepreneurship.