Nancy Krusen, PhD, OTR

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503-352-7349

Nancy has developed a wide range of educational and clinical skills in roughly 30 years of practice as an occupational therapist and educator. She has taught students at technical, professional and post-professional levels and is an innovator in online course development. As an evaluator for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), she has developed skills in program evaluation that helps us assure our program is meeting its goals effectively. Nancy brings these experiences to the School of Occupational Therapy to teach a wide range of courses in the curriculum, in both the traditional residence and virtual classrooms where she loves to stimulate learning through highly interactive lecture-discussions and engaging learning activities.

Dr. Krusen’s research interests revolve primarily around students’ adaptation to challenges presented during fieldwork education. She has primarily used qualitative research methods to explore the concepts of the occupational adaptation frame of reference as applied to the professional development of occupational therapy students. She is particularly interested in negative relative mastery, a phenomenon that she has identified, learning from life challenges that do not go as planned and in the contribution the human environment in occupational adaptation. 

Dr. Krusen’s current innovative practice projects include work with Forward Stride addressing equine assisted therapy; home accessibility and caregiver support with the Washington County Disabled, Aging and Veteran’s Services; and the development of an AgrAbility program in Oregon. AgrAbility is a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded program to support ill or injured farmers and ranchers continue their farming and ranching lifestyle. Dr.  Krusen is working with a group of stakeholders in Oregon to develop this program, sorely needed in our agrarian state.

Nancy practices what she teaches about occupation — that a well-occupied life leads to health and life satisfaction. She has a wide range of leisure occupational pursuits including indoor and outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, swimming, cooking, reading and music performance. This variety of interests supports her teaching about occupation and how it contributes to our ability to meet occupational life challenges. 

Areas of Research

My research interests revolve primarily around students’ adaptation to challenges presented during fieldwork education.  I have primarily used qualitative research methods to explore the concepts of the Occupational Adaptation frame of reference as applied to the professional development of occupational therapy students. I am particularly interested in negative relative mastery, a phenomenon that I have identified, learning from life challenges that do not go as planned and in the contribution the human environment in occupational adaptation.

Education

2001, PhD (Occupational Therapy) Texas Woman’s University

1982, MA (Occupational Therapy) Texas Woman’s University

1979, BS (Occupational Therapy)  Colorado State University

Recent Publications

Krusen, N. (2012). Technology, culture, family: Influences on home life. [Book review]. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 19, 83.

Krusen, N. 2011. The influence of environment on clinical practice: Unspoken rules. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(12), 546-553.

Krusen, N. 2011.  Improvisational leadership as an adaptive strategy for leadership and practiceOccupational Therapy in HealthCare Early Online: 1–10, 2011. C_2011 by Informa Healthcare USA, Inc. DOI: 10.3109/07380577.2011.637609

Krusen, N. (2010).  Organizational ethnography. [Book review].  Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 2(17), 127-128.

Krusen, N. 2010. Home lighting: Understanding what, where and how much. OT Practice,15(19), p.8-9.

Krusen N. 2010. Putting the garden to bed. OT Practice, 15(12), p.41.

Presentations

Krusen, N., Marcus, K., & Von, Mary. 2013 (Mar). Gendered Body. Pacific University. (Interprofessional Case Conference, accepted)

Krusen, N., 2012 (Oct). First person failure: Adaptive strategies of students following unsuccessful fieldwork. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference. (paper)

Krusen, N. 2012 (Sept). Team-Based Learning with distance technology is a good fit. Oregon Technology in Education Network Annual Conference (paper)

Bannigan, K., Howlett, F., Krusen, N., Hunt, L., Wolverson, C., & Boggis, T. 2012 (Jun). Engaging students in the global community: An example of a partnership approach. British Association of Occupational Therapy College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. (paper)

Krusen, N., 2012 (Jun). AgrAbility: What is it and how can I help? British Association of Occupational Therapy College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. (paper)

Krusen, N., 2012. (Jun). Breast Friends ©: Developing interprofessional care in a community organization. British Association of Occupational Therapy College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. (workshop)

Krusen, N., 2012 (Jun). First person failure: Adaptive strategies of students following unsuccessful fieldwork. British Association of Occupational Therapy College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. (roundtable)

Krusen, N., 2012 (Apr). First person failure: Adaptive strategies of students following unsuccessful fieldwork. American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference. (poster)

Krusen, N., Cicirello, N., Cheng, E., Widen, D. 2012 (Jan). Interprofessional Care of the Person with Breast Cancer. Interprofessional Case Conference, Pacific University. (Interprofessional case conference)

Krusen, N., 2011 (Oct). Lighting and home assessment: How much is enough? Mountain Central Conference/Texas Occupational Therapy Association. (accepted)

Krusen, N. 2011 (Oct). Imaginary walls: The power of unspoken rules and clinical education. Paper presented at Mountain Central Conference/Texas Occupational Therapy Association. (accepted)

Krusen, N., 2011 (Oct). AgrAbility: What is it and how can I help? Oregon Occupational Therapy Association State Conference. (paper)

Krusen, N., 2011 (Oct). AgrAbility: What is it and how can I help? Washington Occupational Therapy Association State Conference. (paper)

Krusen, N., 2011 (Oct). Interprofessional program development in an established organization. Washington Occupational Therapy Association State Conference. (workshop)

Krusen, N and Perlmutter, M. 2011 (Sept). Home lighting assessment and modifications. Envision Conference 2011. (paper)

Krusen, N. 2011 (Aug). Unspoken rules: An examination of the influence of environment on clinical practice through institutional ethnography. Society for the Study of Social Problems. (accepted)

Krusen, N. 2011 (Apr). Lighting and home assessment: How much is enough? All Ireland Occupational Therapy Conference. (workshop) 

Farrell, M.K., Hunt, L., & Krusen, N. 2011 (Apr). Preventing falls: a proactive approach to help older adults age in place. Aging in America Conference. (accepted)

Personal website

http://sites.google.com/site/nancykrusen

Office Location: 
Health Professions Building 2 368
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