Caroline Harkins McCarty

Caroline Harkins McCarty

Occupational Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brian Boyd


  • BA, University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2007
  • MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011


  • OTR/L (occupational therapist, registered and licensed)

Awards and Honors

  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Golden Quill Award, 2015
  • Student Research Grant, Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, 2015
  • US Dept. of Education Translational Doctoral Leadership Grant, 2011-2015
  • US Dept. of Education Autism Training Grant, 2009-2011

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • R. Aldrich, C. H. McCarty, B. Boyd, C. Balentine, C. Bunch. (2014.) Empirical lessons about occupational categorization from case studies of unemployment. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • B.A. Boyd, C. H. McCarty, & C. Sethi (2014). Families of children with autism: A synthesis of family routines literature. Journal of Occupational Science.
  • The politics and practice of sustainable living. C. Harkins McCarty. Presented to the Society for the Study of Occupation; Portland, Oregon, 2012.
  • Occupation, spirituality and religion. C. Harkins McCarty. Presented to the Society for the Study of Occupation, Lexington, KY, 2013.
  • Facilitating Inquiry: Surprising Lessons from a Doctoral Seminar in Occupational Science. V. Dickie, A. Kirby, V. Fox, C. McCarty, C. Sethi, L. Holahan, A. Miao & K. Johnson. Presented to the Society for the Study of Occupation, Lexington, Kentucky, 2013.
  • Coding Joint Engagement Live in School-based Research: Reliability and Psychometric Considerations. Dykstra, J., Boyd, B., Watson, R., McCarty, C., Baranek, G., & Crais, B. Presented at The International Meeting for Autism Research, 2012.
  • Using Child Interviews to Enhance Our Understanding of the Perceived Occupational Barriers of Individuals with ASD. Kirby, A., McCarty, C., Dickie, V., & Baranek, G. Poster Presented to the Society for the Study of Occupation, Portland, Oregon, October 2012.

Research Interests

  • Occupations and routines of foster and adoptive families
  • Adoption and foster care supports
  • School based occupational therapy practice
  • Autism and Developmental Disability

Affiliated Groups

  • Occupational therapist, Durham Public Schools, 2014-Present
  • Graduate research assistant, ASAP Study (Advancing Social-communication and Play), 2011-2014
  • Occt 842: History of Occupational Therapy, Instructor, Spring 2014
  • Occt 750: Problem Based Learning, Facilitator, Spring 2013
  • Occupational Therapy Management, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2011

Career Goals

Academic teaching in occupational therapy, scholarly and clinical research relative to foster care and adoption, clinical practice with children with disabilities.