Kimberly Erler, PhD, OTR/L

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

Kimberly Erler, PhD, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She completed her BS in Therapeutic Studies and MS in Occupational Therapy at Boston University. In 2017, she earned her Phd in Rehabilitation Sciences from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. In addition to teaching in the Entry-level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program and her research, Dr. Erler continues to practice clinically on the inpatient service at Massachusetts General Hospital where she is also a Clinical Ethicist and leads Occupational Therapy Ethics Rounds. Dr. Erler is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has served as the Practice Representative on the American Occupational Therapy Association Ethics Commission since 2014. Dr. Erler was the 2018 recipient of the Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College Alumni Emerging Leader Award, recognizing her innovation and leadership in advancing health and rehabilitation sciences.

Research Interests

-Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation
-Traumatic Brain Injury
-Ethical Consultation and Decision-Making
-Social Participation 
-Caregiver Wellness


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


Peer-reviewed articles

Bandini, JI, Courtwright AM, Rubin ER, Erler KS, Zwirner M, Cremens MC, McCoy TH, Robinson EM. Ethics Consultation Related to Opioid Use Disorder. Psychosomatics. 2019.

Lin DJ, Cloutier AM, Erler KS, Cassidy JM, Snider SB, Ranford J, Parlman K, Giatsidis F, Burke JF, Schwamm LH, Finklestein SP, Hochberg LR, Cramer SC. Corticospinal Tract Injury Estimated from Acute Stroke Imaging Predicts Upper Extremity Motor Recovery After Stroke. Stroke. 2019. PMID: 31648631 

Erler KS, Sullivan V, Mckinnon S, Inzana R. Social support as a predictor of community participation after stroke. Frontiers in Neurology. 2019;10:1013. PMID: 31616364.

Erler KS, Klew CL, Juegnst SB. Participation differences by age and depression five years after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. International Review of Psychiatry. 2019; 18:1-10. PMID: 31533497.

Erler KS, Whiteneck GG, Juengst SB, Locascio JJ, Bogner JA, Kaminski J, Giacino JT. Predicting the trajectory of participation after traumatic brain injury: A longitudinal analysis. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2018;33(4):257-265. PMID: 29385019. 

Erler KS, Juengst SB, Smith DL, O'Neil-Pirozzi TM, Novack TA, Bogner JA, Kaminski J, Giacino JT, Whiteneck GG. Examining driving and participation 5 years after traumatic brain injury. OTJR. 2018;38(3):143-150. PMID: 29457535. 

Erler KS. Problems with potentiality: The uncertainties of prognostication and meaningful recovery. AJOB Neuroscience. 2018;9(1):16.

Erler KS, Juengst SB, Whiteneck GG, Locascio JJ, Bogner JA, Kaminski J, Giacino JT. The association of rehospitalization with participation 5 years after traumatic brain injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2018;33(6):E77-E84. PMID: 29601342. 

Juengst SB, Osborne CL, Erler KS, Raina KD. Effects of fatigue, driving status, cognition, and depression on participation in a chronic sample of adults with traumatic brain injury. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2017;1(1):4.

Robinson EM, Cage W, Erler K, Brackett S, Bandini J, Cist A, Cremens MC, Krakauer EL, Courtwright A. Structure, operation, and experience of clinical ethics consultation 2007-2013: A report from the Massachusetts General Hospital Optimum Care Committee. J Clin Ethics. 2017;28(2):137-152. PMID: 28614077. 

Curriculum Vitae