Sarah Zera, OTR/L


Midwestern University College
College Of Health Sciences - Illinois
Occupational Therapy
Alumni Hall 324

555 31st St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Office: (630) 515-7223


OTD Occupational Therapy University of Illinois at Chicago 2018
B.S. Occupational Therapy Eastern Michigan University 2001


Improving Occupational Performance through Strategy Use
Engagement in occupational performance as a basic human need is a foundational tenet of occupational therapy however despite participation in traditional rehabilitation many people affected by acquired brain injury (ABI) such as stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI) do not return to their previous occupations. Cognition has been found to be a primary predictor of participation after stroke and TBI. Metacognitive strategy training has emerged as an effective approach to increase participation in clients affected by ABI. My work seeks to translate evidence based interventions into clinical practice.

Research projects

Within the day rehabilitation setting implementing metacognitive strategy training can be challenging for occupational therapists due to the group structure within the setting. The purpose of this project is to implement a metacognitive strategy training group for adults within the day rehabilitation setting and assess its feasibility. The integration of a metacognitive strategy training group into the occupational therapy program will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of occupational therapy services.

Selected Publications

Fischer, H., Zera, S., Robertson, R., Lee, D., Hammel, J. (2018). Implementing research into everyday occupational therapy practice: the IPASS-R program. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections. 3 (3), 26 - 28

Lee, D., Fisher, H., Zera, S., Robertson, R., & Hammel, J. (2017). Examining a participation-focused stroke self-management intervention in a day rehabilitation setting: A quasi-experimental pilot study. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation.