University of Nebraska Medical Center

McKenzie Behrendt, OTR/L, OTD



 McKenzie Behrendt, OTR/L, OTD

Dr. Behrendt is an instructor for the Occupational Therapy program. She received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

She worked clinically in various rural health settings, including home health, assistive living, skilled nursing home, inpatient care, neonatal intensive care, and outpatient care focusing on neurological and orthopedic conditions, driving evaluations, and seating and mobility evaluations.

Dr. Behrendt teaches content related to occupation-based practice with youth and young adults, middle and older adults, and foundational human movement concepts.

  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor, 2022
  • Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Adults, 2022
  • OTD, Creighton University, 2015
  • BS, Exercise Science with minor in Health Sciences, University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2012
  • Saebo Orthotics Certified, 2021
  • Neonatal Touch and Massage Certified, 2017
  • PAMS Certified, 2015
  • CarFit Certified, 2015
Research interests

Dr. Behrendt’s research interest is in the scholarship of teaching and learning, including Objective Standardized Competency Examinations (OSCEs) and assessing professional reasoning using eLearning and hybrid model strategies.