Erin R. Foster, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Erin R. Foster, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Psychiatry

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Erin Foster, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and rehabilitation scientist with expertise in the cognitive and functional effects of Parkinson disease. She earned her clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) in 2005 and PhD in Rehabilitation and Participation Science in 2018 from Washington University School of Medicine. She has completed postdoctoral training in neuroscience, neuropsychology, and clinical investigation. Her current primary research goal is to develop cognitive rehabilitation approaches that improve daily function for people with Parkinson disease. She receives federal and foundation funding for her research. 

Foster directs the Cognitive and Occupational Performance Laboratory, which aims to understand everyday cognitive function among people with chronic neurological conditions and develop more comprehensive and effective rehabilitation programs for people with neurological conditions and cognitive dysfunction. 

Foster is on the Board of Directors of the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association.