Areas of Expertise: Aging in Place, Falls Prevention, Home Modifications
Practice Associate at the American Occupational Therapy Association
Location: Bethesda, MD
Karen Smith, OT/L, CAPS, is the approved provider program manager and practice associate at AOTA. She is AOTA’s contact regarding home modifications, fall prevention, and aging-in-place issues with internal and external audiences, including AARP, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the National Council on Aging (NCOA), Veterans Affairs, and Rebuilding Together. In her tenure since joining AOTA staff in 1994, Smith also worked in the State Affairs division for 7 years.
Smith received her BS in occupational therapy from Howard University in Washington, DC, and also holds a BS in textiles and apparel from the University of Maryland. Her clinical practice focused on adult rehabilitation as staff therapist and OT supervisor at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, from 1981 to 1985, serving acute care, trauma, and outpatient patients; and at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC, from 1985 to 1994 as staff therapist, clinical specialist, and clinical supervisor on stroke, orthopedic, and general rehabilitation units.
Smith has been a long-time advocate of Rebuilding Together and the natural fit of occupational therapy practitioners and students with this national nonprofit home repair organization. Since 1996 she has been encouraging AOTA members to share their expertise in home modifications with their local Rebuilding Together affiliates. She volunteered and served on the Rebuilding Together DC Board for more than 10 years and for the RT Montgomery County, MD, Board for 7 years.