Allen Keener

Allen Keener, OTD, MS, OTR/L, ATP

Associate Professor


  • B.S. Education University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S. Occupational Therapy University of Alabama at Birmingham School
  • OTD Eastern Kentucky University
  • Graduate Certificate, Low Vision University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Graduate Certificate, Telehealth University of Kentucky
  • Ph.D. (in progress) Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Kentucky

Research/Academic Interests

  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Occupation-based practice
  • Effective OT-OTA collaboration models
  • Innovation in teaching and learning
  • Use of technology to enhance occupational performance across the lifespan


Dr. Keener’s work can be found in several journals including:
  • Keener, A. S., Hayden, C. L., & Howell, D. M. (2021). Impacting Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Knowledge about Occupation and Occupation-Based Practice. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 9(2), 1- 14.
  • Spira, Geela and Keener, Allen S., Tacit to Explicit Knowledge Transfer in a University Health Care Program: Use of Student-Professor and Professor-Professor Collaboration (2021). Pedagogicon Conference Proceedings. 1.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History

  • AOTA
  • KOTA
  • Member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
  • Certified Assistive Technology Professional
  • Former OTA program director/department chair


  • 2019 NISOD Award of Excellence for Teaching and Leadership