Sarah McKinnon, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, MPA,

Sarah McKinnon
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Post-Professional OTD Program
Occupational Therapy
(617) 643-7153
Office Location: 
Shouse - 267

Sarah McKinnon, OTD, MPA, is an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Department of Occupational Therapy's newly developed Post-Professional OTD program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Dr. McKinnon comes to the Institute from Boston University where she received her Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees and served as faculty in both the entry-level and post-professional OTD programs. Dr. McKinnon earned a Master of Public Administration from Roger Williams University with a specialization in health care administration, and has an AOTA Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation.

As a member of the Mass General Brigham Healthcare system since 2011, Dr. McKinnon continues to be involved in clinical practice and scholarship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She served on the Board of Directors for the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (AOTPAC) from 2014-2020 and is the current Government Representative for the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy (MAOT).

Research Interests

  • Public Policy
  • Advocacy
  • Virtual Education Delivery and Outcomes
  • Acute Care


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


Select Publications

Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S., McKinnon, S., Eddy, E. Z., Fanuele, J., Starodub, R. (in press). A CLIMATE: A tool for assessment of climate-change-related health consequences in the emergency department. Journal of Emergency Nursing.

McKinnon, S., Breakey, S., Kelly, D., Fanuele, J., Tarbet, A., & Nicholas, P. (2020, April). Roles of health professionals in addressing health consequences of climate change. Poster session at Climate Change and Health Symposium, Boston, MA. (Conference postponed).

Blaney, L. & McKinnon, S. Extending the scope of occupational therapy beyond traditional roles. American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference & Expo; March 28, 2020; Boston, MA.

McKinnon, S. (2019, November). Linking occupational therapy, political action and policy – What can we do? Short Course at MeOTA Conference, Orono, ME.

McKinnon, S. (2019). Interprofessional Practice. In K. Jacobs (Eds), Occupational Therapy Manager. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

McKinnon, S. (2019). Public Policy. In K. Jacobs (Eds), Occupational Therapy Manager. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Erler, K., McKinnon, S., Sullivan, V., & Inzana, R. (2019, April). Examining social support and participation after stroke. Poster session at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Doyle, N., Lachter, L., Duddy, K., Neimeyer, L., McKinnon, S., & Jacobs, K. (2019, April). Practical strategies for advancing online education in occupational therapy. Poster session at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Kaldenberg, J., McKinnon, S., & Berger, S. (2018, October). Integrative clinical experience: An innovative teaching method. Poster session at American Occupational Therapy Association: Education Summit, Louisville, KY.

McKinnon, S. & Jacobs, K. (2018, May). Advocacy activities to promote the distinct value of occupational therapy. WFOT Congress. Poster session at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Cape Town, South Africa.

McKinnon, S. (2017, October). Strengthening OT through political action: How to stay informed and LEAP into action. Presented as keynote speaker at Maine Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Bangor, ME.













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