Associate Professor, Clinical
Interim Program Director

Division of Occupational Therapy

406 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: 614-292-8167

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Pediatric occupational therapy
  • Aquatic intervention and drowning prevention
  • Capstone education


Erika Kemp is a board certified pediatric occupational therapist with expertise in sensory integration, feeding and aquatics.  She has a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Ohio State, a post-professional master’s from Boston University and post-professional doctorate from Indiana University.  Erika worked in school, community and medical pediatric settings before moving into academia.  She has worked in both OTA and OT academic programs as a fieldwork coordinator, capstone coordinator and now serves as the interim program director of the OTD program at The Ohio State University.  Her primary professional area of interest is supporting students and educators in the use of evidence-based practice as well as innovative ways to push occupational therapy into the community. She has an active line of research looking at how aquatic therapy increases participation in daily life and prevents drowning for children with disabilities. 

Recent Research

Kemp, E. L., Woodson, R. & Baldino, M. (Mar 2023).  Addressing swim safety in children with autism: A pilot feasibility study.  International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 14(1). 

Kemp, E. L., Domina, A., Stephenson, S. & Start, A. (July 2022). Perceived Value & Usefulness of the Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctoral Capstone.  Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.

Stephenson, S., Kemp, E., Kiraly-Alvarez, A., Costello, P., Parkhill, B. (Mar 2022).  Self-Assessments of Mentoring Skills in Healthcare Professions Applicable to Occupational Therapy: A Scoping Review.  Occupational Therapy in Health Care. 

Kemp, E. L, Juckett, L. A., Darragh, A. R., Weaver, L. L., Robinson, M. L., DiGiovine, C. P., DeMott, L. (July 2021).  Advancing the entry-level practitioner: A curricular model of the professional occupational therapy doctoral degree.  Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 5(3).  Retrieved from 



Recent Presentations

Kemp, EL, Domina, . Darragh, AR, & Mu, K. (April 2019). The Doctoral Capstone Experience.  Academic Leadership Council, Program Directors Meeting, AOTA National Conference, New Orleans. 

Kemp, E. L., Reifenberg, G., Schmidt, E.  (2019, April).  Collaborative Practitioner-Student Partnerships for Implementing Evidence Based Practice During Level II Fieldwork.  AOTA National Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Kemp, EL, Stahr, K, & Clutter, J (2018, April).  Para-adaptive Rowing: An Innovative Community Partnership, AOTA National Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.


2022 – Model Practice Award, Ohio Occupational Therapy Association

2021 – Service Award, Ohio Occupational Therapy Association


  • 2017: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, post-professional, Indiana University
  • 2007: Master’s in Occupational Therapy, post-professional, Boston University
  • 2000: Bachelor’s of Allied Medical Professions, Occupational Therapy, The Ohio State University

My Links

AquOTic: Aquatic Occupational Therapy

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Research Gate