Kimberly Erler, PhD, OTR/L

Kimberly Erler, PhD, OT
Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy
(617) 724-0563
Office Location: 
B39 - 135

Kimberly Erler, OTR, PhD, HEC-C is an Associate Professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.  

Dr. Erler earned her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Studies and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Boston University, College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. Dr. Erler earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2017. 

In addition to her faculty role, Dr. Erler is an advanced clinician occupational therapist and clinical ethicist at Massachusetts General Hospital in the acute care setting. 

She has presented and published at the state and national level on a variety of clinically relevant topics including her research in participation following traumatic brain injury and stroke, and ethical decision-making in clinical practice.  

2018 Alumni Emerging Leader Award, Boston University
2019 Award for Teaching Excellence, MGH Institute of Health Professions
2019 Fletcher H. McDowell Award Finalist, American Society of Neurorehabilitation
2020 New Investigator Award, MGH Institute of Health Professions
2020 Service Commendation, American Occupational Therapy Association
2020 Visiting Scholar, University of Texas Medical Branch Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation
2020 Herbert Hall Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Occupational Therapy, Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy

Research Interests

Participation after neurological injury
Patient reported outcomes
Ethics in clinical practice


Bachelor of Science, Therapeutic Studies, Boston University
Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Boston University
PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions


Select Recent Publications

Erler, K.S., Klew, C.L., Juegnst, S.B. (2020). Participation differences by age and depression five years after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. International Review of Psychiatry, 32(1),12-21. PMID: 31533497. 

Eckberg Zylstra, S., Erler, K., Nakamura, W., & Kennell, B. (2020). Social media as occupation: Implications for occupational therapy practice. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 8(2), 1-6.  

Tinkham, L., Guyton, K., Eddy, E., Erler, K. (in press). Examining moral distress among occupational therapy practitioners caring for clients with traumatic brain injury. Annals of International Occupational Therapy.   


Select Recent Presentations

Erler, K., Chou, L., & Al Snih, S. (2020, October 22). The impact of care partner characteristics on the healthcare utilization of Mexican American older adults. [Virtual Conference]. ACRM 97th Annual Conference.  

DiCarlo, J., Erler, K., Cloutier, A., Sloane, K., Ranford, J., & Parlman, K., Hochberg, L., Lin, D. (2020, October 23). Acute predictors of post-stroke depression for patients with arm weakness. [Virtual Conference]. ACRM 97th Annual Conference.  

Taubert, A. M., Giacino, J., Bergin, M., Thomas, A., & Erler, K. (2020, October 23). Socioeconomic disparities in participation after traumatic brain injury.  [Virtual Conference]. ACRM 97th Annual Conference.  

Sullivan, V., Macone, A., Lucey, J., & Erler, K. presented a live webinar titled "An Occupation-based Approach to Treatment of Substance Use Disorder: An Interactive Panel Discussion" on April 20, 2020 as a part of the American Occupational Therapy Association Virtual Conference Series.  

Tinkham, L. and Erler, K. presented a live webinar titled "Addressing Moral Distress Among OT Practitioners Caring for Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury" on May 1, 2020 as a part of the American Occupational Therapy Association Virtual Conference Series.  

Curriculum Vitae