Sarah McKinnon, OT, OTD, OTR, BCPR, MPA, FAOTA, FNAP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and is the founding Program Director for the Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. The curriculum is the first Post-Professional OTD program to offer programming related to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and is the first PP-OTD program with an interprofessional focus as it shares curriculum with the Institute’s SLP-D program.

Dr. McKinnon received her doctoral degree from Boston University, earning an additional Master of Public Administration from Roger Williams University with a specialization in health care administration. She obtained her Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation from the American Occupational Therapy Association. In 2022, she was awarded her Fellow distinction from the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA).

A member of Mass General Brigham HealthCare since 2011, Dr. McKinnon continues to be involved in clinical practice and scholarship at Massachusetts General Brigham organization. She currently serves as Government Representative for the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy (MAOT) and has also served on the Board of Directors for the American Occupational Therapy Association Political Action Committee (AOTPAC).

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA), Certificate in Health Administration, Roger Williams University, Providence, RI
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT), Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Studies (BS), Minor in Business Administration, Boston University School of Management, Boston, MA
  • Public Policy
  • Advocacy
  • Virtual Education Delivery and Outcomes
  • Acute Care

Dr. McKinnon has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. McKinnon's publications in her CV. 

Roles of health professionals in addressing health consequences of climate change in interprofessional education

Advocating for change to meet the developmental needs of young children experiencing homelessness. 

Effective interventions within the scope of occupational therapy practice to address participation for adults with aphasia: A systematic review. 

Section XII: Public Policy. 


In addition, Dr. McKinnon regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

Outcomes of state grassroots advocacy campaign at increasing federal advocacy, knowledge and confidence at Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Annual Conference. 

Building responsive and inclusive practitioners: Evaluating a PP-OTD curriculum’s alignment with diversity, equity, and inclusion standards at AOTA Education Summit. 

Practitioners who are online doctoral students: Experiences from an interprofessional curriculum between OTD and SLP-D clinical doctoral programs in the United States at World Federation of Occupational Therapy.

Implementing strategies in professional practice and education to address justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion: Results from an online educational offering for practitioners at World Federation of Occupational Therapy.

Interprofessional collaborations between OT and SLP practitioners in online education: Strategies for professional development and practice at American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) INSPIRE National Conference.

Awards and Honors

Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2022

The AOTA Fellowship Program cultivates, promotes, and recognizes post-professional training programs that advance the knowledge and skills of licensed occupational therapists in various focused areas of practice.

Distinguished Scholar and Fellow, 2022

National Academies of Practice: Individuals with academic achievements such as significant and enduring educational and/or research contribution to practice. They are judged by distinguished peers to have made significant and enduring contributions in their profession.

Linda Savino Award for Outstanding Political Activism Excellence Award, 2021

Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy (MAOT)

AOTA Service Commendation, 2021 & 2018

American Occupational Therapy Association 

Pillars of Excellence Award, MGB, 2021

Mass General Brigham has a long-standing history of recognizing and celebrating the outstanding contributions of our talented employees from across the system. The program reflects our four-part mission pillars of patient care, research, teaching and service to the community, both locally and globally.