College of Allied Health Professions

Dr. Krusen named founding director of occupational therapy education

Nancy Krusen, Ph.D.

by Kalani Simpson, UNMC public relations | January 09, 2019

Nancy Krusen, Ph.D., founding director of occupational therapy education, in the College of Allied Health Professions, didn’t have far to look to find her profession. You might say she inherited it.

Both of her parents were physiatrists — physicians that specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation (UNMC created a PM&R department, then a PM&R residency program, in 2016 and 2017).

As a young girl, Dr. Krusen would accompany her mom, asking questions, interacting with patients. Even then, people said she’d make a great occupational therapist.

“I seem to have the gift of seeing the person rather than the disability,” she said.
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