Kate Barlow, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy


Kate Barlow, OTD is an Associate 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 and swallowing, which she has presented on both nationally and internationally. Dr. Barlow’s passion is in global outreach. She founded the International Interprofessional Mentorship Program that currently provides mentorship to over 150 therapists in over 20 countries. She also started a webpage for occupational therapists to share resources and knowledge. https://libguides.aic.edu/OT_Resources.


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

Current Courses

OTR 5120 Evidence Based Practice
OTR5230 Psychosocial Occupations: Childhood and Adolescence
OTR5231 Physical Occupations I: Pediatrics
OTR5433 Fieldwork Service Delivery II: Pediatrics
OTR5531 Supervision/Management
OTR6030 The Occupational Therapy Process: Pediatrics

Certifications & Trainings

Teaching Blended & Online Format Certification from American International College

Fieldwork Educator Certification from AOTA

CPR Certified as Healthcare Provider

Vital Stim® Certified

Certification in Infant Massage

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training by CPI

Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Training for Feeding Therapy

Beckman Oral Motor Training

Talk Tools Oral Motor Training

SAFE PLACE Model for Complex Trauma

WFOT Disaster Management Certification

Professional Memberships

Member of Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH)

Member of Pi Theta Epsilon, AOTF, Lifetime Membership

Member of Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association (MAOT)

Member of World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT)

Member of American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Nationally Registered by National for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)



Barlow, K. & Gile, N. (2021). Post-secondary transitional services and the role of the occupational therapist. Global Journal of Pediatrics, 1(1), 1002. https://www.corpuspublishers.com/assets/articles/article-pdf-169.pdf

Barlow, K. & Sepulveda, A. (2020). The promotion of positive mental health for new mothers during Covid-19. World Federation of Occupational Therapy Bulletin, 76(2), 86-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/14473828.2020.1822577

Barlow, K., Lehr, T., Kenney, D., & Salemi, M. (2020). Examining the 2:1 Model of Fieldwork for Occupational and Physical Therapy Students. COJ Nursing and Healthcare. 6(5). 685-689. https://crimsonpublishers.com/cojnh/pdf/COJNH.000646.pdf

Barlow, K., Salemi, M., & Taylor, C. (2020). Implementing the Same Site Model in Occupational Therapy Fieldwork: Student and Fieldwork Educator Perspectives. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 4 (3). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol4/iss3/7

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. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1407&context=ojot


Szymczyk, A., Barlow, K., with Alochi, V. (2021, July). Occupational therapy in Africa. Occupational Therapy African Regional Group Newsletter, 7-9. https://www.otarg.org.za/

Barlow, K. & Sullivan, K. (2021, March). Evaluation of Feeding, Eating and Swallowing for Children with Cerebral Palsy. American Occupational Therapy Association OT Practice, 26(3), https://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Publications/CE-Articles/CE_March_2021.pdf

Barlow, K. (2020, September 29). “Utilizing Therapy Students to Educate Families on the Milestone Tracker App at Local WIC Centers”. Act Early Network News, Fall 2020 Issue.  https://www.aucd.org/template/news.cfm?news_id=15020&id=17

Sepulveda, A, Barlow, K., Demchick, B. & Flanagan, J. (2020). Children’s mental health: Promoting mental health through early screening and detection. American Occupational Therapy Association OT Practice, 25(4), 10-14. https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Membership/Tools/Periodicals/children-mental-health.aspx

Barlow, K., Pizur-Barnekow, K., Hughes, R., & Webber, D. (2019, November). Occupational therapists as ambassadors for the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” program. American Occupational Therapy Association OT Practice, 24(12), 30-31, 30-31. https://www.aota.org/publications-news/otp/archive/2019/learn-the-signs.aspx

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

Nafai, S., Barlow, K., & Stevens-Nafai, E. (2017). OT in Morocco: Sustaining service learning trips through telehealth. American Occupational Therapy Association OT Practice, 22(2), 20-22. https://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Secure/Publications/OTP/2017/OTP-Volume-22-Issue-2-autism.pdf


Barlow, K. (2021). An interdisciplinary approach to pediatric feeding using a decision tree. International Journal of Integrated Care, 21(S1): A169.  doi.org/10.5334/ijic.ICIC2023

Barlow, K. & Thomforde, D. (2021). International interprofessional mentorship for new clinicians. International Journal of Integrated Care, 21(S1): A 343. https://www.ijic.org/articles/abstract/10.5334/ijic.ICIC2023/

Barlow, K. (2021). Efficacy of using interprofessional WIC community visits to increase cultural competence. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75, 7512500006. https://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=2767813

Scott, L. & Barlow, K. (2021). Taking a community approach to developmental monitoring and screening for early identification of developmental delays and disabilities. 21st International Conference on Integrated Care, Virtual. Conference Program.  https://abbey.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/icic21-virtual/programme/Agenda/AgendaItemDetail?id=3ca95b93-f48d-49a5-9693-9abb5ac4b442

Barlow, K. & Rabaey, R. (2021). Investigation of Assessment Tools in the Area of Pediatric Feeding Evaluation. 8th International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference. Virtual. Conference Program. https://presentations.akamaized.net/FileLibrary/3718/19/2021_FM_Conference_Guide-04252021_v2.pdf

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

Sullivan, A. & Barlow, K. (2018, May). A proposal for a therapeutic intervention for ARFID. In Connected by Diversity Positioned for Impact: WFOT Congress 2018 Conference Programme. World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Cape Town, South Africa. https://congress2018.wfot.org/downloads/abstracts/SE%2087/A%20Proposal%20for%20a%20Therapeutic%20Intervention%20for%20ARFID.pdf


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