Position: Assistant Professor
Location: Scholar Plaza #216
Phone: (540) 542-6543
Employed Since: 2017
Sc.D. Occupational Science, Towson University (2012); M.S.Ed. Adult Learning/Higher Education, Johns Hopkins University (2002);B.S. Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University (1993)
Fields of Expertise:
- Therapeutic use of self in occupational therapy practice
- Recovery in severe and persistent mental illness
- Medication adherence for individuals with mental illness
- Family burden in mental illness
AOTA Recognition of Achievement Award (2014): Innovation in Mental Health Practice
Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS, 2003)
Integral Coaching Certification (New Ventures West, 2016)
Krutis, S. (2002, December 16). Consider doctoral education. OT Practice, 19-22, Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.
Krutis, S.D. “Medication adherence, social support, and recovery: Perspectives of individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and their families.” Doctoral dissertation, Towson University, 2012. https://mdsoar.org/handle/11603/2098
Krutis, S. & Victor, C. (2019, April 5). Selected for “Young Scientist Theater” presentation: American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Victor, C., & Krutis, S. (2019, April 5). “Perspectives of OTs Regarding Use of Standardized Assessments to Distinguish Levels of Evaluation in a Skilled-Nursing Facility” Poster: American Occupational Therapy Association; New Orleans, LA.
Krutis, S. Personality Types and Impact on Clinical Roles in Rehabilitation, INOVA Loudoun Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Department Inservice, 5/17.
Krutis, S. Occupational Therapy in Behavioral Health, 1hour presentation, Post-
baccalaureate IRTA program, National Institute of Mental Health, 11/29/12.
Krutis, S. Medication adherence, social support, and recovery: Perspectives of consumers with schizophrenia and their families, Dissertation Defense, Towson University, 6/28/12.
Krutis, S. Medication adherence, social support, and recovery: Development of an occupational therapy research focus, Friends of Loudoun Mental Health Board of Directors, Leesburg, VA, 7/14/10.
Krutis, S. Consumer and family perspectives of medication experiences for schizophrenia: Case study analysis, Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1/15/10.
Krutis, S., & Robertson, S.C. Occupational therapy in mental health: Promoting health and participation through engagement in occupation, 2-hour guest lecture, Neuropsychiatry Nurse Fellowship Program, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, 5/22/09.
Krutis, S. Design and implementation of an interdisciplinary, recovery-based medication
program: Empowering patients with schizophrenia to manage their own health, Rehabilitation Grand Rounds, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 9/30/06.
Klein, R., Krutis, S., Merryman, M.B., & Robertson, S.C. Weapons of mass empowerment: Transformative learning and occupational therapy, Maryland Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, 4-hour institute, Catonsville, MD, 11/5/04.
Krutis, S., & Tasoulis, S. Hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident: A case study, 3-hour guest lecture, Shenandoah University, Shenandoah, VA, 10/02.
Krutis, S. Bringing occupation back into your practice, Maryland General Hospital,1-hour presentation, Baltimore, MD, 3/02.
Krutis, S., & Tasoulis, S. Brain injury: The race toward recovery, Invited 3-hour guest lectures:Towson University, Towson, MD, 2/02, 10/01, 2/01, 10/00, 2/99, Community College of Baltimore, Catonsville, MD, 10/98.
Krutis, S. Multiple Intelligences, Invited 2–hour guest lecture, Towson University, Towson, MD, 11/01.
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI
I have enjoyed 23 years as a clinician, recently joining SU as full-time faculty in 2013. I have been fortunate to have had wonderful mentors in my career. In the spirit of “paying it forward,” I hope to serve as a guide to our prospective occupational therapists. Who could imagine a better career than preparing our future health providers to deliver excellent care?
I live in Northern Virginia with my wonderful husband, two active sons, and one lovely daughter. We have a yellow Labrador Retriever named Layla who is the apple of our eye!