University of Nebraska Medical Center

Nancy E. Krusen, PhD, OTR/L

Program Director


Nancy E. Krusen, PhD, OTR/L

Dr. Krusen is founding program director for the entry-level occupational therapy clinical doctorate at UNMC. Her primary interests surround Occupational Adaptation, the ways in which people adapt to life challenges and the ways in which the environment contributes to adaptation. She is developing the program, creating a dynamic faculty team, building curriculum, and creating processes for student admission and progression. A primary focus throughout her career has been the application of the Occupational Adaptation model of practice for education, professional development, and research.

  • PhD, Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, 2001
  • MA, Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, 1982
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University, 1979
Research Interests

Dr. Krusen’s research interests center around the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), the Occupational Adaptation (OA) theoretical frame of reference, and research methods and methodology. She and her research partners collaborate in exploring teaching and learning outcomes, and the Relative Mastery Scale (RMS) as an effective, theoretically-founded assessment of effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction to self and others.