Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

The University of Puget Sound School of Occupational Therapy remains committed to bringing the students current best practice by employing local occupational therapy practitioners with specific content expertise as adjunct faculty members. Each adjunct is a crucial member of the faculty by bringing current clinical expertise into selected classes relevant to their content expertise. In addition, adjunct faculty serve as clinical instructors in our community-based and on-site clinics, thus providing students with a critical link to support their transition from classroom to internships and then into entry-level practice.


Lecture Adjunct Faculty

Kara Grosvenor, MOT, OTR/L, ATP graduated from the University of Washington in 2010 and has primarily worked with adults in a variety of physical rehabilitation settings. She currently works on a rehabilitation unit treating adults with spinal cord injuries. In 2017, she received her Assistive Technology Professional certification, with a primary focus on power wheelchairs, seating/positioning, and alternative drives, along with computer and cell phone access. Additionally, Kara is currently working as adjunct faculty at UPS and enjoys sharing her passion for assistive technology with students. 

Juli McGruder, PhD holds degrees in occupational therapy, health science education and cultural anthropology.  She began teaching at UPS-OT in fall of 1979 and taught full time there for nearly 30 years.  Juli’s primary teaching responsibilities were in mental health, neuro-rehabilitation, qualitative research, anti-bias training and sexuality and disability.  She achieved the rank of distinguished full professor.  She continues as a part time adjunct and sabbatical replacement instructor, co-directing with Kirsten Wilbur, the anti-bias curriculum she designed for the program and mentoring learners in their transition from student to mental health clinician.  Juli’s own research centered on the more benign prognosis of serious mental disorders in poorer (or developing) countries.  She did participant-observation research with families with members with schizophrenia in Zanzibar, Tanzania from 1988-2004.

Aimee Sidhu, OTD, MA, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years of experience, having worked in school-based practice, skilled nursing facilities, and academia at both the OT and OTA levels. She earned her bachelor's degree in OT from Pacific University, her master's in OT with an Advanced Pediatric Certification from Texas Woman's University, and most recently completed her post-professional doctoral degree with a focus on reflective practice with the supervisory process. She currently works as adjunct faculty at UPS, teaching across the curriculum to support student success, in addition to her distance learning role at Mount Mary University as the Post-Professional Program Coordinator. 


Adult Clinical Instructors

Christiane Buhl OTR/L is a graduate of the UPS OT program and focused in adult rehab. She worked in inpatient rehabilitation at Good Samaritan for 6 years and currently works with adults in home health. Christiane enjoys treatment of people with SCI, CVA’s and home modifications.

Cathryn Shaffer, OT/L graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2013 and has been working at Good Samaritan in the inpatient rehabilitation for 5 years. Cathryn was initially part of a therapy team, then transitioned into a lead therapist for the department and is currently the supervisor of all of the inpatient therapy staff including OT, PT, SLP and TR.  She has been a CI for multiple students completing their fieldwork level 2’s and is passionate about education and training of students and new employees in her department. In addition to program development and management of staff, Cathryn supports training of new therapists, collaboration with the nursing staff and continues to treat patients on the unit.  Cathryn is passionate about working with patients with head injuries specifically and supporting successful community discharges.


Pediatric Clinical Instructors

Jackie Brown, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since graduating from UPS with her B.S. degree in occupational therapy in 2000, and is currently working on her post-professional doctorate degree. She has worked primarily in outpatient pediatric clinics throughout her career and has advanced training in sensory integration (Certificate #1602), Certified Autism Specialist (Certification #ACAS172631), DIRFloortime® Provider: Certificate of Proficiency, Reiki Master, and craniosacral therapy techniques. Jackie enjoys working with clients with sensory processing disorders, autism, is passionate about incorporating a variety of techniques into her practice, and educating parents regarding their child’s specific needs. Jackie is also happy to announce the anticipated release of a children’s book Meet the Overs and the Unders: Making Sense of Sensory Processing currently scheduled for publication.

Denise Tremblay, M.Ed., OTR/L has had a long OT career in pediatrics, working in private practice and school settings, as well as, working abroad in early childhood programs. Over the years, Denise has enjoyed working at the School of Occupational Therapy at UPS as a clinical instructor.  Currently, Denise designs social and leisure programs for special populations for the parks districts in Gig Harbor.