Sarah Doerrer Sarah Doerrer
Assistant Professor of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences

Office Phone: 202-994-2773
Email: Email
Department: Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences


  • Bachelors in Health Sciences, Misericordia University, 2001
  • Masters in OT, Misericordia University, 2001
  • PhD in OT, Nova Southeastern University, 2019


Sarah Doerrer has been a practicing clinician since 2001. Her clinical experience includes working with adults with physical disabilities in the practice areas of inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, home health, and outpatient rehabilitation. Most of her career has been focused in the area of hand and upper extremity orthopedic rehabilitation. She is a certified hand therapist and certified lymphedema therapist.


As a researcher, Dr. Doerrer’s interests are in rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity. She serves on the research division of the American Hand Therapy Association and is the Chair of their journal club.


Professor Doerrer received two grants for her dissertation research “The Impact of Shoulder Pathology on Individuals with Distal Radius Fracture,” The Benjamin Shaffer Research Endowment Fund in 2018 and The Burkhalter New Investigator Award from the American Hand Therapy Foundation was awarded in 2017. In 2021 and 2022, The American Society of Hand Therapists awarded Doerrer with the Outstanding Service Award.


Dr. Doerrer teaches graduate programs in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD) and Doctor of Health Science Programs. She has taught in both the Masters in OT and COTA programs at Trinity Washington University and has taught in the Masters in OT program at Shenandoah University.

  • OT 8101: Human Occupation I
  • OT 8001: Movement Science
  • OT 8501: Research in Occupational Therapy Practice I
  • OT 8502: Research in Occupational Practice II


  • Occupational Therapy


Ivy, C. C., Doerrer, S., Naughton, N., & Priganc, V. (2021). The impact of COVID-19 on hand therapy practice. Journal of Hand Therapy. Advance online publication.

Priganc, V., Naughton, N., Doerrer, S., Ivy, C. C. (2021). A follow up survey on the impact of COVID-19 on hand therapy practice. Journal of Hand Therapy. Advance online publication.

Doerrer, S., Reese Walter, J., Priganc, V., Barth, R., & Moss, D. (2021). The Impact of Shoulder Pathology on Individuals with Distal Radius Fracture. Journal of Hand Therapy.

Winkler, S. L., Cooper, R., Kraiger, K., Ludwig, A., Kreuger, A., Gaunaurd, I., Fisher, A. Kairalla, J., Elliott, J., Wilson, S., Esquenazi, A. (2016). Self-management intervention for amputees in a virtual world environment. Recent Advances on Using Virtual Reality Technology for Rehabilitation, PM Sharkey and J Merrick (Eds.). In Merrick, J (ed.) Disability Studies. NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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