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Sara Lum

  • ​​​​She/Her/Hers
  • Adjunct Faculty

  • Occupational Therapy

Professor Lum joined DePaul University in Fall 2022 as an Adjunct Faculty member within the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program. Professor Lum is currently working as an inpatient rehabilitation OT at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, primarily with the traumatic brain injury population. Her clinical specialty is inpatient rehabilitation and neuro conditions. She is currently enrolled in a post-professional occupational therapy doctorate program through the Medical University of South Carolina, where she is a MSOT alum. 

Professor Lum has guest lectured at multiple MSOT and entry-level OTD programs regarding traumatic brain injury and other neurological conditions, posture and balance, etc. In Spring 2021, she was an adjunct faculty member at Winston Salem State University MSOT program. Her course instruction was for Neurological Basis of Occupation Lab. 

Some of her favorite occupations include walking her dog with her husband, eating at new restaurants, being a tourist in her new home of Chicago, baking, singing and playing music. She has considered moving to Chicago multiple times over the past 10 years, and finally landed in the windy city in 2021. 


  • BA in Biology and minor in Psychology, Coker College (now Coker University)
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina


  • Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Brain Injury Association of America
  • Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist

Professional Memberships:

  • AOTA

Selected Publications

  • Seo N, Crocher, V, Atkinson S, et al. “Capturing Upper Limb Gross Motor Categories Using the Kinect Sensor". Accepted and scheduled publication for American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Volume 73, Issue 3 

Selected Presentations

  • Feasibility of Virtual Reality as an OT intervention in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting. WFBMC. Poster presentation for NCOTA Virtual Fall Conference 2020
  • Atkinson, S., Krug, R., Kumar, D. (2015). "Lean Area and Intramuscular Fat Fraction of Hip Abductors in HIV-infected and Uninfected Older Men". Poster selected for presentation at the 2016 APTA conference
  • Atkinson, S., Humanitzki, E., Seo, N.J. (2015). “Capturing Patient's Upper Limb Gross Motor Categories Using Kinect". Poster session presented at the Medical University of South Carolina Student Research Day, Charleston, SC
  • Walsh J., Crabtree, O., Richardson, L., Perry, J., Lowe, K., Stoughton, S., Atkinson, S., Giles, A. (2015). “E-learning innovations: Developing and evaluating the effectiveness of an interactive e-learning module". Poster session presented at the Medical University of South Carolina Student Research Day, Charleston, SC