Splinting lab (1996)

As program director, Carolyn Baum set many goals and objectives for the Program to insure its establishment as an integrated model of research, education and practice centered on the evolving knowledge of occupational performance. The term “occupational science” was coined during this time to describe the scientific discipline associated with the profession of occupational therapy.

Baum worked to integrate the academic and clinical service programs to best prepare clinicians to enhance occupational performance and determine treatment effectiveness. The master’s degree program was reinstated and began admitting students in the fall of 1990. A new post-professional master’s degree program launched in January 1991 to offer advanced study in the profession to those with baccalaureate degrees. In July of 1992, a new contractual relationship was established between Barnes Hospital and the Program that provided exchanges between faculty and staff for teaching, practice and research. Recruitment efforts continued to grow with a steady increase in both student enrollment and faculty appointments.

The Program celebrated its 75th anniversary in the spring of 1993. Alumni from across the country gathered for social and educational events that marked the occasion. In 1995, the Program relocated from 4567 Scott Avenue to 4444 Forest Park Boulevard and the Program admitted its last class of baccalaureate students and became a professional graduate school.

For the remainder of the decade, the Program recruited occupational scientists to further advance the field of rehabilitation and occupational science. There was an increase in external research funds.   New community health initiatives gave students the opportunity to work directly with populations across the continuum of care.