Academy of Research

M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Dr. Baum is Elias Michael Director and Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology, and Social Work, School of Medicine and Brown School, Washington University, St, Louis, Missouri. Her clinical interests are in the areas of aging, occupational performance assessment, and program development using a Person-Environment-Occupational Performance Model. Dr. Baum's research focuses on the role of cognition in everyday life and the enabling of everyday performance in people with chronic health conditions and disability. (Retrieved on Dec 19, 2014 from http://www.ot.wustl.edu/about/our-people/faculty/carolyn-m-baum-254.)

From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Baum was editor of the AOTF research journal, OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health.  Dr. Baum is one of the 100 Influential People in occupational therapy named by AOTA.

 

Q and A

Identify three words that others have used to describe you.  

Doer, Enabler, Futurist.

 

How do you hope to make a difference in the world through research?

By building collaborations to address questions that improve the human condition.

 

What is one piece of advice you have for individuals considering a career in science and research?

Choose an environment where you work with successful scientists in your entry level training.

 

Beside your own areas of inquiry, what is one research priority that you believe is important for the future of occupational science and occupational therapy?

Understanding how social supports (emotional, informational and instrumental) support daily life.

 

Describe the most important role that mentors played in your professional journey.

Challenging my ideas.

 

Identify a favorite occupation that renews you outside of your work.

Cooking for guests.

 

What has been the most surprising or rewarding aspects of a career in science and research?

The relationships that develop from shared ideas to friendships.

 

Selected References

Baum, C. M. (1980). Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship - 1980: Occupational therapists put care in the health system. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 34, 505-516.  

Baum, CM & Edwards, D. (2008). Activity Sort Card: ACS. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press. 

Morrison, MT, Giles, GM, Ryan, JD, Baum, CM, Dromerick, AW, Polatajko, HJ & Edwards, DF. (2013). Multiple Errands Test - Revised (MET - R): A performance-based measure of executive function in people with mild cerebrovascular accident. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 460-468.  

Polatajko, HJ, McEwen, SE, Ryan, JD & Baum, CM. (2012). Pilot randomized controlled trial investigating cognitive strategy use to improve goal performance after stroke. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 104-109.