Brenda M. Coppard, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Brenda M. Coppard, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Brenda M. Coppard, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Dean, SPAHP Office of Assessment
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Academic Appointments


  • Occupational Therapy


  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Graduate School

Teaching Activity

  • OTD 401 Research Project Implementation II
  • OTD 574, Professional Competency
  • POTD 500, Introduction to Clinical Doctoral Studies
  • POTD 531, American Professoriate (elective)
  • POTD 565, Instructional Methods & Evaluation


Dr. Coppard is a Professor of Occupational Therapy and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Assessment in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.   Dr. Coppard is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and the American Council on Education.  Dr. Coppard holds a BA from Creighton University, a MS in Occupational Therapy from Rush University and a PhD in Higher Educational Administration from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Coppard teaches courses in the entry-level and post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctoral program.  Her research interests include educational outcomes and issues related to the American professoriate and academic chair role.

Publications and Presentations


  • Spill, G.R., Vente, T., Frader, J., Smith, S., Giacino, J., Zafonte, R., Coppard, B., & Jensen, G.  (2019).  Futility in rehabilitation.  PM&R, 11(4), 420-428., American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 11, Issue 4, 420-428, 2019
  • , Vol. 1, Iss. 2, online, 2017
  • Mu, K., Coppard, B.M., Bracciano, A., & Bradberry, J.C.  (2014).  Comparison on on-campus and hybrid student outcomes in occupational therapy doctoral education.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68 (Supplement 2), S51-S56, Vol. 68, Supp. 2, S51-S56, 2014
  • Assessing and Improving the Teaching and Learning Processes in Academic Settings.  In GM Jensen * E Mostrom (Eds), Handbook of Teaching and Learning for Physical Therapists, 83-96, 2013
  • Strategies for planning and implementing interprofessional education. In G.M. Jensen & E. Mostrom (Eds.), Handbook of Teaching and Learning for Physical Therapists (3rd Ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier., 100-121, 2013
  • Coppard, B.M., Coover, K., & Faulkner, M. (2012). Use of medications by elders. In R.L. Padilla, S. Byers-Connon, & H.L. Lohman (Eds.). Occupational Therapy with Elders (3rd Ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier, 169-181, 2012

  • Coppard, B.M., Higgins, T., Harvey, K.D., & Padilla, R. (2012). Working with elders who have orthopedic conditions. In R.L. Padilla, S. Byers-Connon, & H.L. Lohman (Eds.), Occupational Therapy with Elders (3rd Ed.). St. Louis:  Elsevier.
     , 299-311, 2012
  • Bracciano, A., Lohman, H., Coppard, B.M., Bradberry, J.C., & Easley, C. (2011). Development of a hybrid distance occupational therapy program in Alaska. Journal of Allied Health, 40(2), 90-95., Vol. 40, Iss. 2, 90-95, 2011
  • Mu, K., Lohman, H., Scheirton, L.S., Cochran, T., Coppard, B.M., & Kokesh, S.R. (2011). Improving client safety: Strategies to prevent and reduce practice errors in occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(6), 69-76., Vol. 65, Iss. 6, 69-76, 2011

  • Doll, J., Bracciano, A., Coppard, B.M., Mu, K., & Matthews, A. (2010). Fostering cultural competency, clinical reasoning and leadership through international outreach. Occupational Therapy in Healthcare 24(1), 74-85.
     , Vol. 24, Iss. 1, 74-85, 2010


  • Henderson, Whitney; Coppard, Brenda; In: American Journal of Occupational Therapy; 2018 Supplement 1; v.72. 1-1. (1p) (Abstract) ISSN: 0272-9490 AN: 134729953, American Occupational Therapy Association, 72, 1, 2018

Editing and Reviews

  • 5th edition of Introduction to Orthotics - A Clinical Reasoning & Problem-Solving Approach with Helene L. Lohman., Elsevier, 519, 2019
  • Introduction to Orthotics: A Clinical-Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach (4th Ed)., 2015
  • Introducting to Splinting: A Clinical-Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach (3rd Ed), 2008
  • Introduction to Splinting: A Clinical-Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach (2nd Ed), 2001
  • Introduction to Splinting: A Critical-Thinking and Problem-Solving Approach, 1996


  • Presentation on behalf of the Teaching and Learninbg Center, Creating a Syllabus 101., 2018
  • Presented "Identifying Instructional Methods for Development of Clinical Reasoning in Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Education" with Whitney Henderson, Brenda M. Coppard, & Yongyue Qi at the 2018 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, UT, 2018
  • Occupational Therapy Private Practice: Essential Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions. 2018 AOTA Conference and Expo, Salt Lake City, UT, poster presentation with S. Troia, OTS., 2018
  • Tune Up Your Syllabus, then Supercharge It!, Creighton University TLC presentation with J.N. Font-Guzman, & B. Kokensparger., 2018
  • "Creighton Gallup Survey Results 2016: Helping CU Graduates Achieve Great Jobs and Great Lives", by Brenda M. Coppard, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Valerie Calderon, PhD., 2018
  • Creighton University - Gallup Surveys of Alumni and Students: Year Three Results, Findings and Recommendations; presented with Valerie Calderon, PhD, Sr. Consultant, Gallup, 2018
  • Comparison of On-Campus & Hybrid Student Outcomes in Doctoral Occupational Therapy Education, 2017

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Educational Outcomes and Assessment, Interprofessional Education, Higher Educational Administration, Program Development, Academic Chair Role

Current Research Projects

  • Emotional Intelligence in Campus vs. Hybrid-based Health Professional Programs; Paid Fieldwork in Occupational Therapy; Educational Outcomes & Team Teaching