Susan Skees Hermes

Susan Skees Hermes, OTD, OTR/L, BCP


  • Occupational Therapy degree (BS.) Eastern Kentucky University
  • Occupational Therapy (MS) Boston University
  • Occupational Therapy (OTD) Boston University

Research/Academic Interests

  • Telehealth
  • OT’s Role in Disaster Management
  • School Based Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Sensory Integration Across the Lifespan


Dr. Skees Hermes’s work can be found in several journals including:
  • Skees Hermes, S., Rauen, J., & O’Brien, S. (2021). Perceptions of School-Based Telehealth: Moving Forward after COVID-19. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 13(1).
  • Manning, M., Prince, A.T., Bassingthwaite, B., & Skees Hermes, S. (2021). Reflection, retrospection and revitalization: Promoting a dialogue for change. Rethinking Behavior, 4(3), 9-15.
  • Manning, M., Skees Hermes, S. & Baltisberger Duckart, J., Barnes, S., Boggs, H., & Manning, R. (2020). Student Voices: Engaging diverse learners through shared learning. EKU 2020 Pedigogicon Proceedings.
She has also co-authored books and book chapters including:
  • Carrasco, R.C., Skees Hermes, S. & Burgos, B. B. (2012). Supported and Alternative Employment: Developmental Disabilities and Work. In Brent Braveman and Jill J. Page (Eds.) Work: Occupational Therapy Intervention to Promote Participation and Productivity. F. A. Davis: Philadelphia, PA.
  • Carrasco, R., & Skees Hermes, S. (2007) Occupational Therapy Provision to Support Participation in Context. In Leslie Jackson (Ed.) Occupational Therapy Services for Children and Youth Under IDEA, 3rd ed. AOTA Press: Bethesda, MD.

Associations & Affiliations:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapy
  • Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD)
  • Society for the Study of Occupation: USA
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA)
  • Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA)
  • Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA)
  • Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy (MAOT)
  • Nevada Occupational Therapy Association (NOTA)
  • Kentucky Telehealth Program (KTP)Steering Committee, Co-chair School Based and Mental Health Practice Workgroup
  • National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC)Board Member Mount Dora, FL Chapter)
  • American Field Service (AFS – Regional Coordinator)

Work History:

  • Clark County School District
  • Adventist Health Systems and Health Science University
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Lake County School Systems
  • Vencor/ Kindred Healthcare
  • Humana Hospital Systems


  • 2021 First-Year Courses Outstanding College Specific Instructor Award - Nominee for HSO100
  • 2017 Award of Recognition, Florida Occupational Therapy Association