Brenda M. Coppard, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Brenda M. Coppard, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Brenda M. Coppard, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor
Associate Dean, SPAHP Office of Assessment
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Occupational Therapy

Position

  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Graduate School

Teaching Activity

  • OTD 401 Research Project Implementation II
  • OTD 574, Professional Competency
  • POTD 500, Introduction to Clinical Doctoral Studies
  • POTD 531, American Professoriate (elective)
  • POTD 565, Instructional Methods & Evaluation

Biography

Dr. Coppard is a Professor of Occupational Therapy and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Assessment in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.  She also serves as a Special Assistant to the Provost.  Dr. Coppard is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and the American Council on Education.  Dr. Coppard holds a BA from Creighton University, a MS in Occupational Therapy from Rush University and a PhD in Higher Educational Administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Coppard teaches courses in the entry-level and post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctoral program.  Her research interests include educational outcomes and issues related to the American professoriate and academic chair role.
 

Education

  • 2000 PhD in Higher Educational Administration, University of NE, Lincoln
  • 1991 MS in Occupational Therapy, Rush University, Chicago
  • 1989 BA in Psychology, Creighton University, Omaha

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • , Vol. 1, Iss. 2, online, 2017
  • Mu, K., Coppard, B.M., Bracciano, A., & Bradberry, J.C.  (2014).  Comparison on on-campus and hybrid student outcomes in occupational therapy doctoral education.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68 (Supplement 2), S51-S56, Vol. 68, Supp. 2, S51-S56, 2014
  • Assessing and Improving the Teaching and Learning Processes in Academic Settings.  In GM Jensen * E Mostrom (Eds), Handbook of Teaching and Learning for Physical Therapists, 83-96, 2013
  • Strategies for planning and implementing interprofessional education. In G.M. Jensen & E. Mostrom (Eds.), Handbook of Teaching and Learning for Physical Therapists (3rd Ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier., 100-121, 2013
  • Coppard, B.M., Coover, K., & Faulkner, M. (2012). Use of medications by elders. In R.L. Padilla, S. Byers-Connon, & H.L. Lohman (Eds.). Occupational Therapy with Elders (3rd Ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier, 169-181, 2012

  • Coppard, B.M., Higgins, T., Harvey, K.D., & Padilla, R. (2012). Working with elders who have orthopedic conditions. In R.L. Padilla, S. Byers-Connon, & H.L. Lohman (Eds.), Occupational Therapy with Elders (3rd Ed.). St. Louis:  Elsevier.
     , 299-311, 2012
  • Bracciano, A., Lohman, H., Coppard, B.M., Bradberry, J.C., & Easley, C. (2011). Development of a hybrid distance occupational therapy program in Alaska. Journal of Allied Health, 40(2), 90-95., Vol. 40, Iss. 2, 90-95, 2011
  • Mu, K., Lohman, H., Scheirton, L.S., Cochran, T., Coppard, B.M., & Kokesh, S.R. (2011). Improving client safety: Strategies to prevent and reduce practice errors in occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(6), 69-76., Vol. 65, Iss. 6, 69-76, 2011

  • Doll, J., Bracciano, A., Coppard, B.M., Mu, K., & Matthews, A. (2010). Fostering cultural competency, clinical reasoning and leadership through international outreach. Occupational Therapy in Healthcare 24(1), 74-85.
     , Vol. 24, Iss. 1, 74-85, 2010

Editing and Reviews

  • Introduction to Orthotics: A Clinical-Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach (4th Ed)., 2015
  • Introducting to Splinting: A Clinical-Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach (3rd Ed), 2008
  • Introduction to Splinting: A Clinical-Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach (2nd Ed), 2001
  • Introduction to Splinting: A Critical-Thinking and Problem-Solving Approach, 1996

Presentations

  • Comparison of On-Campus & Hybrid Student Outcomes in Doctoral Occupational Therapy Education, 2017

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Educational Outcomes and Assessment, Interprofessional Education, Higher Educational Administration, Program Development, Academic Chair Role

Current Research Projects

  • Creighton Student and Alumni Experiences via a partnership with Gallup; Private Practice in Occupational Therapy: Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions; Why OT practitioners lose their licensure