Kimberly Erler, PhD, OTR/L

Kimberly Erler, PhD, OT
Assistant Professor
Occupational Therapy
(617) 724-0563

Kimberly Erler, PhD, OTR/L is Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Erler is also a clinical ethicist in acute care at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Research Interests

Examining participation after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, neurorehabilitation, patient reported outcomes, and ethical decision-making in clinical practice. Read more about Dr. Erler's research for her PhD.


BS, Therapeutic Studies, Boston University
MS, Occupational Therapy, Boston University
PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions


Peer-reviewed articles
Robinson, E. M., Cage, W., Erler, K., Brackett, S., Bandini, J., Cist, A., ... & Courtwright, A. (2017). Structure, Operation, and Experience of Clinical Ethics Consultation 2007-2013: A Report from the Massachusetts General Hospital Optimum Care Committee. The Journal of Clinical Ethics, 28(2), 137.  Pub Med.

Book Chapters
Slater,D.Y,, Doherty, R. F., & Erler, K. S. (2017). Ethical reasoning. In B.A.B. Schell & J.W. Schell (eds.) Clinical and professional reasoning in occupational therapy, 2nd Ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Erler, K. (2016). Shared Decision Making. In D. Slater (Ed.), Reference Guide to the Code of Ethics, 2015 Edition. AOTA Press.

Erler, K. (2015). Ethics. In K. Jacobs (Ed.), Management and Administrations of the OTA: Leadership and Application Skills. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK.


McKinnon, S. & Erler, K. (2017). Optimizing Leadership Capacity by Addressing Ethics in Occupational Therapy Practice: An interactive discussion using case studies and simulations. Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy annual conference.

Erler, K.S., Juengst, S.B., Whiteneck, G.G., Locascio, J.J., Bogner, J.A., Kaminski, J., & Giacino, J.T. (2017). The Influence of Sustained Poor Health on Social Participation after Traumatic Brain Injury. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) annual meeting. Poster presentation

Winistorfer, W., Erler, K., McCracken, K., Howard, B. (2016) Everyday Ethics: Ethical Decision Making on the Fly!. American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference.

Erler, K., Locascio, J., Whiteneck, G., Bogner, J., Juengst, S., Kaminski, J., & Giacino, J. (2016). Predicting the Trajectories of Social Participation After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Longitudinal Analysis. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) annual meeting. Poster presentation

Curriculum Vitae