158 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210


Professional Areas of Interest

  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Implementation Science
  • Leadership Development

Research Focus

My research focus is centered largely around identifying and implementing evidence-based interventions to maximize sensorimotor recovery after neurological injury (e.g., stroke, spinal cord injury, etc.). I am especially passionate about translating research findings into clinical practice, and my most recent work has been on improving reporting of rehabilitation interventions in research publications to help bridge the gap between research and practice. I have a background in business administration and am particularly interested in identifying cost-effective, implementable interventions that fit into our current healthcare delivery systems to maximize recovery in adults with neurological injury. 

Recent Publications

Whyte, J., Dijkers, M. P., Fasoli, S. E., Ferraro, M., Katz, L. W., Norton, S., ... & Wengerd, L. (2021). Recommendations for reporting on rehabilitation interventions. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 100(1), 5-16.

Juckett, L. A., Wengerd, L. R., Faieta, J., & Griffin, C. E. (2020). Evidence-Based Practice Implementation in Stroke Rehabilitation: A Scoping Review of Barriers and Facilitators. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(1), 1-14.

Juckett, L. A., Robinson, M. L., & Wengerd, L. R. (2019). Narrowing the gap: An implementation science research agenda for the occupational therapy profession. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(5), 1-6.

Recent Presentations

Wengerd, L. (2020). Using the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System to Characterize Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adult Stroke Survivors. Symposium, 2020 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. 

Tanner, K., Juckett, L., Schmidt, E., Sagester, G., Wengerd, L. (2020). Development of a Knowledge Translation Toolkit: Current Models & Future Implications for High-Quality Care. Short Course, 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference, Boston, MA. 

Wengerd, L. (2019). Clinical Implications of Using a Myoelectric Orthosis to Improve Functional Outcomes in Adults with Severe Upper Extremity Motor Impairment. Technology Lab (Short Course), 2019 AOTA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Major Awards

  • 2019 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Gary Kielhofner Emerging Leader Award, highest national honor for an early career OT practitioner
  • 2019 AOTA Service Commendation, Emerging Leaders Development Committee (Chairperson)
  • 2019 AOTA Service Commendation, Volunteer Leadership Development Committee (Member)
  • 2019 AOTA Service Commendation, Leadership Programs Ad Hoc Committee (Member)

Course Taught

  • Occupational Therapy Intervention and Assessment for Physical Rehabilitation (OCCTHER 6210/6211)
  • Occupational Performance, Environment, and Context: Assessment and Intervention in Occupational Therapy (OCCTHER 7270/7271)
  • Mental and Cognitive Functions (OCCTHER 6220/6221) 
  • Advanced Neurorehabilitation Practice (OT 7780)
  • Application of Ethical Decision Making in Health Care (HTHRHSC 4000)
  • Case Studies in Health Sciences (HTHRHSC 5350)
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HTHRHSC 3400)


The Ohio State University Columbus, OH
PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Graduate Minor in Neuroscience - December 2019

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy - August 2013

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing - June 2010

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