BETH CARDELL, PhD portrait
  • Adjunct Instructor, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), Occupational & Recreational Therapies

Research Summary

Research areas have focused on improving the lives of people with neurological and cognitive disabilities by exploring topics such as: cognitive rehabilitation, the use of technology, perceptions of health, healthy lifestyles education, and resilience characteristics. As second area of interest is pedagogy in occupational therapy and health sciences.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, Misericordia University
  • Masters of Science, Health Promotion and Education, University of Utah
  • PhD, Health Promotion and Education, University of utah. Project: Addressing health inequities in people with intellectual disabilities through community based participatory research

Biography

The focus of Beth's clinical practice has been mainly in the treatment of adults with neurological injuries. For most of her career she has worked in community-based practice and has a specific interest in people with acquired brain injury and the affects chronic disabilities have on participation and health. After many years as a clinician Beth found her passion for teaching by volunteering at Division of Occupational Therapy program during the first year. After a few years of balancing clinical work and teaching she took a full time faculty position. Beth is involved in community service including the Board of Executive Directors for the Brain Injury Association of Utah, the Utah Association for Intellectual Disabilities, the Task Force for Veterans with Brain Injury, and facilitates a social support group for adults with acquired brain injury. Beth currently treats clients with high functioning cogntiive deficits at the Life Skills Clinic