Megan  Carpenter
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor
School of Health Professions
Occupational Therapy
Office: 2A47 CHS Building 2
Phone: 205-726-4833

Dr. Carpenter graduated from the University of South Alabama with her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007 and her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2018. She has practiced in pediatrics for the past eight years with experience in early intervention, school-based, and outpatient settings with a focus on feeding, eating, and swallowing. She has been awarded the American Occupational Therapy Association's Specialty Certification for Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing and is currently the only occupational therapist in the state of Alabama with this certification. Her most recent research focused on the caregiver perspective of home training received to help treat their child's feeding delay/disorder. Dr. Carpenter is a long time resident of Birmingham and lives with her husband and twin daughters. They are active members with Briarwood Presbyterian Church.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Quinnipiac University
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT), University of South Alabama
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, University of South Alabama


  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Alabama Occupational Therapy Association


  • Pediatrics (early intervention, school based services, outpatient)
  • Feeding, eating, and swallowing
  • Sensory processing and use of Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environments

Recent Presentations

  • Carpenter, M. & Garfinkel, M. (2019, April). Home and Parent Training

    Strategies for Pediatric Feeding Disorders: The Caregiver Perspective.

    Research poster to be presented at the 2019 AOTA Conference and Expo in

    New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Carpenter, M. (2019, February) A Call to Advocacy: Expanding Parental Roles in

    Transition Services for Students with Disabilities. Poster to be presented at

    the 2019 UAB Institute’s Symposium on Disability Rights in Birmingham,


  • Carpenter, M. (2018, October). In the Beginning: The Importance of Early

    Detection of Feeding Delays in Children.  Presented at the Annual Alabama

    Early Intervention Conference. Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Carpenter, M., & Rollier, N. (2017, October). Early Detection and Basic

    Intervention for Feeding Difficulties in Kids with ASD. Presented at Annual

    Alabama Early Intervention Conference. Huntsville, Alabama.

  • Carpenter, M., & Rollier, N. (2016, February). Benefits of Interventions for

    Feeding and Swallowing Difficulties. Presented at Annual Districts 2 & 3

    Early Intervention Conference. Birmingham, Alabama.

Research Areas

  • Pediatric feeding, eating, and swallowing
  • Caregiver perspective of home training for feeding delays/disorders
  • Parent perspective on the use of Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environments

Awards and Honors

  • AOTA Specialty Certification for Feeding, Eating and Swallowing