Lisa J Knecht-Sabres, DHS, OTR/L

Professor
Downers Grove, IL

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Dr. Knecht-Sabres earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and a post-professional Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She received her Doctor of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis.  Her primary areas of research have centered on enhancing students’ readiness for clinical practice, adult learning, experiential learning, inter-professional education, and enhancing occupational performance for adults and older adults.

Dr. Knecht-Sabres has more than 30 years of experience as occupational therapy practitioner. She has provided occupational therapy interventions for both children and adults, but has primarily specialized in e enhancing occupational performance for adults and older adults, with physical and neurological disabilities.  She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including, but not limited to: acute care, in-patient rehabilitation, day rehabilitation, out-patient community re-entry, adult day care, and home health.

Dr. Knecht-Sabres has provided numerous presentations at the local, state, national, and international levels on an array of topics, including but not limited to:  enhancing students’ readiness for clinical practice, clinical reasoning, adult learning, experiential learning, inter-professional education, client-centered assessment, and enhancing safety and occupational performance with older adults.  Dr. Knecht-Sabres has written several chapters in textbooks and has published her research findings in numerous peer-reviewed professional journals, including but not limited to: The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT), The Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (JOTE), Occupational Therapy in Health Care, Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice (IJAHSP), American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Journal of Education and Training Studies (JETS), Journal of Experiential Education (JEE), Open Access Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, Physical & Occupational Therapy In Geriatrics, and the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (ILOTA).

Dr. Knecht-Sabres is a professor at Midwestern University and has taught occupational therapy students for over 25 years. She primarily teaches content related to OT intervention for adults and older adults. She serves as a research advisor and has served a guest lecturer in several courses. She has been an item writer for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and has served on the Faculty Advising Board for the Illinois Board if Higher Education (IBHE).  She is currently serving on the editorial review board for The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT) and the Journal of Occupational Therapy Education (JOTE). Additionally, she has served as a guest editor for the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Journal of Experiential Education (JEE), The Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, and Disability and Rehabilitation. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for numerous occupational therapy textbook publishing companies, such as Slack Inc., Wolters Kluwer Health, and F.A. Davis Publishing Co. Dr. Knecht-Sabres has also been awarded several grants to support research related to interprofessional education and quality of life for older adults. 

Title
Professor

Campus
Downers Grove, IL

College
College of Health Sciences - IL

Department
Occupational Therapy

Program
Occupational Therapy

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Office

630-515-6188

Send Me
a Message

lknech@midwestern.edu

Education

University of Indianapolis | 2009 | D.H.S.
University of Illinois | 1993 | M.S.
University of Illinois | 1988 | B.S.

Courses Taught

OTHED 1647: OT Practice Adults

OTHED 1748: Gerontology Seminar

OTHED 1766: Competency Course

OTHED 1680: Educational Strategies in Occupational Therapy

OTHED 1510: Critical Evaluation of the Evidence, Research Mentor

OTHED 1512: Research Project Development, Research Mentor

OTHED 1610: Research Project Implementation, Research Mentor

OTHED 1612: Research Project Synthesis, Research Mentor

OTHED  1790: Capstone Development I, Capstone Mentor

OTHED 1792: Capstone Development II, Capstone Mentor

OTHED 1785: Doctoral Internship, Doctoral Internship Mentor

OTHED 1786: Doctoral Internship, Doctoral Internship

OTHED 1794: Capstone Completion, Capstone Mentor

 

Publications

Pastore, E., Ryan, D. & Knecht-Sabres, L. (In-Press). Occupational Therapist' Perspectives on Caregiver Education Stroke Survivors.  The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy

Wenzel, R. A., Zgoda, E. A., St. Clair, M. C., & Knecht-Sabres, L. J. (2021). A Qualitative Study Investigating Stroke Survivors’ Perceptions of their Psychosocial Needs Being Met During Rehabilitation. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 9(2), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1691

Zilyte G, McIlwain L, & Knecht-Sabres L. (2020). Occupational Participation and Quality of Life for Older Adults Residing in Assisted Living. Open Access Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, 5(4): 555-667. DOI: 10.19080/OAJGGM.2020.05.555667.

Leteria, A. & Knecht-Sabres, L. (2020). Are OT’s Addressing the Needs of Individuals, Groups, and Populations During the COVID Pandemic? The Illinois Occupational Therapy Association: The Communique, Issue 3.

Miller, E. & Knecht-Sabres, L. (2020). Are Occupational Therapy Practitioners Advocating Enough to Provide Interventions for Older Adults with Cancer?  The Illinois Occupational Therapy Association: The Communique, Issue 2.

Wenzel, R. & Knecht-Sabres, L. (2020). Enhancing Life Skills: One Student at a Time. The Illinois Occupational Therapy Association: The Communique, Issue 2.

Knecht-Sabres, L., Del Rosario, E., Erb, A., Rozko, M., & Guzman, R. (2019). Are the Leisure and Social Needs of Older Adults Residing in Assisted Living Facilities Being Met? Physical & Occupational Therapy In Geriatrics. DOI: 10.1080/02703181.2019.1702134https://doi.org/10.1080/02703181.2019.1702134

Christopher, T. & Knecht-Sabres, L. (2019). Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Role in Holistically Treating Patients Who Internalize Osteoarthritis as a “Natural Part of Aging”. The Illinois Occupational Therapy Association: The Communique, Issue 2.

Knecht-Sabres, L., Weppner, A., Powers, C., Siesel, B. (2018). Do Health-Care Professionals Really Understand the Role of Occupational Therapy in Hospice Care? American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/1049909118812858

Knecht-Sabres, L., Wallingford, M., Lee, M., Gunn, J., Anaya, E., Getch, S., Krumdick, N., & Workman, G. (2018). The impact of an interprofessional geriatric training experience: Investigating the attitudes of future healthcare providers regarding working with older adults and interprofessionalism.  Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.

Knecht-Sabres, L., Carlos, L., Iqbal, N., Mohammad-Ali, F. (2018).  Transitioning into an Assisted Living Facility: Being Sensitive to the Occupational and Social Participation Changes in Older Adults. Commuinque: Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Quarterly Newsletter, Issue 2.

Wallingford, M. & Knecht-Sabres, L. & (2018). Dementia: Activity 3.2 Enhancing Students’ Therapeutic Interaction Skills with Older Adults with Dementia. In Baker, H., Kruger, T., & Karasik, R. (Eds.), A Hands-On Approach to Teaching About Aging. New York: Springer Publishing Company. 

Knecht-Sabres, L., Shiffer, C., Krol, E., & Case, E. (2017). After a Stroke: Addressing the Needs of Caregivers. The American Occupational Therapy Association: SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 22-24.

Cusack, M., McDermott, A., Knecht-Sabres, L., Guzman, R. (2017). Engagement in Meaningful Occupations with Others Can Lead to a Happy Life at a Long-Term Care Facility. The Commuinque: Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Quarterly Newsletter, Issue 2.

Knecht-Sabres, L. (2017).  Evaluation of Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living.  In N. Mac Rae & K. Jacobs, (Eds.), Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence, 3rd Ed.  (249-264). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc.

Knecht-Sabres, L. Gunn, J., Conroy, C., Getch, S., Cahill, S., Lee, M., Ciancio, M., Jaskolski, J., Palmisano, L., Kristjansdottir, K. (2016). Effectiveness of an Optional Interprofessional Education Event. Internernet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice (IJAHSP). October, 21; 14(4), Article 2. 

Walligford, M., Knecht-Sabres, L., Lee, M., & St. Amand, L. OT Practitioners’ and OT Students’ Perceptions of Entry Level Competency for Occupational Therapy Practice (2016). The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Volume 4, Issue 4, Article 10.

Knecht-Sabres, L. & Guzman, R. (2016). Creative Ways to Decrease Occupational Deprivation in Skilled Nursing Facilities. The Commuinque: Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Quarterly Newsletter, Issue 2.

Knecht-Sabres, L., Kammer, K., Kilian, M., & Veverka, K. (2016). Caregivers of Stroke Surivors: Exploring the Role of Spousal Caregivers through an Occupational Lens. The Internernet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice (IJAHSP), Jul 02; 14(3), Article 4.  

Knecht-Sabres, L., Egan, B., Wallingford, M., Kovic, M. (2015). Instructional strategies used to improve students’ comfort and skill in addressing the occupational therapy process. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 3 (5), 18-25.

Knecht-Sabres, L. (2014).  Evaluation of Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living.  In K. Sladyk, K. Jacobs, & N. Mac Rae (Eds.), Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence.  Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc. 

Knecht-Sabres, L., Kovic, M., Wallingford, M., & St. Amand, L. (2013). Preparing Occupational Therapy Students for the Complexities of Clinical Practice.  The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1 (3), 1-14.

Knecht-Sabres, L. (2013). Experiential Learning in Occupational Therapy: Can it Enhance Readiness for Clinical Practice? Journal of Experiential Education, 36 (1), 22-36

Knecht-Sabres, L., Kovik, M., St. Amand, L., Wallingford, M. (2012).  OT Students:  Meeting the Demands of Practice.  The Communique: Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Quarterly Newsletter. 

Knecht-Sabres, L. (2011). The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM): An Outcome Measure. The Communique: Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Quarterly Newsletter. 

Knecht-Sabres, L. (2010).  The use of experiential learning in an occupational therapy program Can it  foster skills for clinical practice?  Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 24 (4), 320-334. 

Knecht-Sabres, L. (2010).  Evaluation of Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living.  In K. Sladyk, K. Jacobs, & N. Mac Rae (Eds.), Occupational Therapy Essentials for Clinical Competence.  Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc. 

Grants

Provencher, D., Knecht-Sabres, L., Luciano, K., Higgins, S., Higgins, P., Zera, S., & Lingle, D. (2018). The feasibility of using a modified version of the ICAR to evaluate communication and professional collaboration among students in different graduate healthcare disciplines. Midwestern University CHS Geriatric Research and Education Facilitation Grant..

Knecht-Sabres, L., Wallingford, M., Lee, M., Gunn, J., Getch, S., Krumdick, N., Anaya, E., & Workmam, G. (2015). The Impact of an Interprofessional Geriatric Training Experience on the Attitudes of Future Healthcare Providers Towards Work with Older Adults and Interprofessionalism.  Midwestern University CHS Geriatric Research and Education Facilitation Grant.

Gunn, J., Lee, M., Conroy, C., Knecht-Sabres, L., Cahill , S., Kristjansdottir, K., Arguinnes, C., Sinack, C., Ciancio, M., Van Kanegan, K. (2015).  Geriatric Case-Based Interprofessional Educational Activity to Help Prepare Future Healthcare Providers for Working Collaboratively to Care for a Growing Older Adult Patient Population. Midwestern University CHS Geriatric Research and Education Facilitation Grant.

Hanke, T., Elliot-Burke, T., Knecht-Sabres, L., Lee, M., Huntington-Alfano, K., Kemencic, S., Palmissano, , T., Wallingford, M., Getch, S. (2015). An Interdisciplinary Falls Screening Event for Community Dwelling Older Adults. Midwestern University CHS Geriatric Research and Education Facilitation Grant.