Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work
Washington University School of Medicine
Dr. Carolyn Baum is an occupational therapist and rehabilitation scientist with expertise in functional cognition, activity participation and self management in persons with stroke. Her work has the objective to link neuroscience to everyday life and involves neuroscientists, psychologists, neurologists and rehabilitation scientists. Her work has focused on activity participation and executive dysfunction and more recently developing cognitive strategies, action plans and self-management programs for the mild stroke population. She was an investigator on an NIH-R34 and an NIH-RO1 to develop and test the feasibility and efficacy of an enhanced rehabilitation program based on client-centered, goal-focused care. She also served as a co-investigator with Dr. Joy Hammel on a multi-site study to design and test the IPASS self-management intervention based on the Stanford Chronic Disease and Self-Management Program for individuals with stroke. A recent project, Better Living after Stroke through Technology (BLAST), uses the SBIR mechanism to develop and determine the effectiveness of a product to help stroke survivors and family members return to their productive and meaningful lives. She is the recipient of awards for her research, teaching and leadership. She was admitted to the AOTF Academy of Research in 2006. In 2009 she received the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award for Distinguished Education for Graduate Student Teaching. In 2010 she received the Stanley J. Coulter Lecture Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and was also named a Fellow of the Academy of Science of St. Louis and received the Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Leadership Award. She has been recognized for being a translational scholar, receiving the Outstanding Public Health Transdisciplinary Scholar award from the Institute for Public Health at Washington University School of Medicine in 2012 and in 2017 was given a Distinguished Faculty Award, Washington University's highest academic honor.