Kate Barlow, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy


Kate Barlow, OTD is an Assistant Professor at American International College. She is also the current ambassador for the CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program for the state of Massachusetts. Dr. Barlow received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, and her MS and OTD from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has over 20 years of clinical experience that includes public school practice, early intervention, a pediatric hospital-based outpatient clinic and management. Dr. Barlow’s area of clinical expertise is pediatric feeding, eating and swallowing, which she has presented on at the OT state conferences of CT, MA, NH and VA, as well as guest lectured on the topic at Western New England University, Shenandoah University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Barlow’s passion is in global outreach. She founded the International Interprofessional Mentorship Program that currently provides mentorship to over 100 therapists in developing countries in Africa and South America.


  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy, 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, 2015, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, 1997, Boston University

Certifications and Memberships

  • Nationally Registered by National for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
  • Member of World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT)
  • Member of American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Member of Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association (MAOTA)
  • Teaching Blended & Online Format Certification
  • Fieldwork Educator Certification
  • CPR Certified as Healthcare Provider
  • Certification in Infant Massage
  • Vital Stim® Certified
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training by CPI


  • OTR2900 International Interprofessional Service Learning to Peru
  • OTR 5060 Task & Activity Analysis
  • OTR 5120 Evidence Based Practice
  • OTR5230 Psychosocial Occupations: Childhood and Adolescence
  • OTR5231 Pediatric Physical Occupations
  • OTR5433 Pediatric Fieldwork Service Delivery
  • OTR 5531 Supervision/Management
  • OTR6030 The Occupational Therapy Process: Pediatrics
  • OTR 6130 Fieldwork Seminar
  • OTR 6139 Level II Fieldwork
  • OTR 6239 Level II Fieldwork
  • OTR 6240 Level II Fieldwork

Research Interests

  • Therapeutic Use of Self
  • Occupational Therapy in developing countries
  • Pediatric Feeding, Eating & Swallowing


Barlow, K., Pizur-Barnekow, K., Hughes, R., & Webber, D. (2019, December). Occupational therapists as ambassadors for the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” program. OT Practice, 24(12), 30-31, 30-31.

Barlow, K. & Salemi, M. (2019). Childhood occupations: The prevalence of childhood engagement in chores. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73, 7311500058. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO8025

Barlow, K. (2019, Summer). Act early. Know the signs. The Voice, Massachusetts Speech- Language Hearing Association, p.9

Barlow, K. & Reynolds, S. (2018). A mixed-methods study examining developmental milestones and parental experiences in Ghana. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 6(2), Article 5. doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1407

Nafai, S., Barlow, K., & Stevens-Nafai, E. (2017). OT in Morocco: Sustaining service learning trips through telehealth. OT Practice, 22(2), 20-22.


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