St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently Principle Investigator of the Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory, where she conducts research focusing on the influence of the environment on the occupational performance and participation of community-dwelling older adults with chronic conditions. The goal of her work is to support aging in place and to prevent falls. With this goal, Dr. Stark conducts community-based clinical trials and interventions, focusing on the implementation of evidence into clinical practice. These nationally recognized interventions, including home modification and fall-prevention programs, have been adopted by multiple organizations where she has held voluntary leadership positions. Through evidence-based research and innovative community collaborations, Stark has developed a variety of educational and therapeutic strategies that serve to enhance safety and improve the overall quality of life for older adults.