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Karen Bibbins, Ed.D.

Dr. Bibbins is a professional with over 20 years of experience in health care and higher education. Most recent position include: Member Engagement and Education Consultant with Compass Rose Benefits Group. Electronic Medical Record Trainer at Sunrise Senior Living and she also served as the Director of Recreation Therapy Services at Genesis HealthCare Potomac Center in Arlington, Virginia. Among Dr. Bibbins’ other notable positions are serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia; Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator and Recreation Therapist at the Henry Ford Health System Center for Senior Independence in Detroit, Michigan; Lead Recreation Therapist at the Detroit Medical Center, Surgery Hospital; Adjunct Professor of Therapeutic Recreation at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan; Recreational Therapist at St. John Riverview Hospital in Detroit; Lecturer in Recreation and Leisure Studies Department of Brockport College State University of New York in Brockport, New York; Associate Faculty Member of the University of Phoenix School of Education in Detroit; and Dissertation Mentor for the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Bibbins is very experienced in providing doctoral, masters and undergraduate teaching both in-person and online via virtual platforms; designing courses, lectures, student assignments and assessments that support the achievement of competencies and outcomes; developing coursework to improve overall curriculum design; and conducting and teaching research in higher education. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate coursework on a wide range of topics including research in health, recreation and kinesiology; program planning in leisure services; children with disabilities; professional skills assessment and evaluation; continuous quality improvement methodology in health care; philosophy and theory of therapeutic recreation; foundations of adult education and training; and technology for the adult learner among many others. In addition, Dr. Bibbins has specialized knowledge in health information technology and survey research methodology and analysis, including Cerner EMR, Citrix, PCC, GIS, SPSS, and SQL. As an expert in recreation therapy, she has extensive leadership experience in designing and organizing therapeutic programs as well as developing and implementing quality improvement processes for a variety of populations including older adults and adults with mental health disorders and physical disabilities. Among Dr. Bibbins’ notable professional affiliations are the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development where she served on executive committee as the Midwest Regional Representative from 2005-2013 and as a member and the American Counseling Association where she served as a program reviewer for the annual convention program. Furthermore, Dr. Bibbins has delivered multiple presentations on the topics of health care equity, therapeutic recreation, cultural competence, and professionalism in human services for academic and professional audiences. Moreover, she has coauthored articles and book reviews which have appeared in Counseling Today, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, and Illuminare: A Student Journal in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies. Dr. Bibbins received her Doctor of Education in higher education leadership from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She completed her Master of Science in therapeutic recreation from the Pennsylvania State University and her Bachelor of Science in therapeutic recreation in Wayne State University. Dr. Bibbins further completed her graduate fellowship in health information technology for clinicians and public health leaders from George Washington University and holds a certification from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation.

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School of Advanced Studies