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Patty Coker-Bolt

Patty Coker-Bolt, PhD, OTR/L

Patty Coker-Bolt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor
Division of Occupational Therapy
Department of Health Professions
151-B Rutledge Avenue, MSC 962
Charleston, SC 29425

Office: B313
Phone: (843) 792-7491
Fax: (843) 792-0710

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  • PhD, Capella University (2009)
  • MHS Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina (1999)
  • BS Occupational Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina (1998)
  • BA Special Education, Pennsylvania State University (1989)

Areas of Teaching

Research Interests

  • Infant Motor Development
  • Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) for children with hemiplegic type cerebral palsy
  • Play and playfulness in children with autism
  • Feeding intervention for infants with congenital heart defects


Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Bentzley J, Coker-Bolt, P., Moreau N, Hope K, Ramakrishnan V, Brown T, Mulvihill D, Jenkins D. (2015). Kinematic measurement of 12-week head control correlates with 12-month neurodevelopment in preterm infants. Early Human Development. Early Human Development, 91, 159-174.

  • Coker-Bolt, P., Woodbury, M., Perkel, J., Moreau, N., Hope, K., Ramakrishnan, V., Mulvihill, D. & Jenkins, D. (2014). Identifying premature infant at high and low risk for motor delays using motor performance testing and MRS. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 7, 219-232. DOI 10.3233/PRM-140291.

  • Seif GA, Coker-Bolt, P., Kraft S, Gonsalves W, Simpson K, Johnson E. (2014). The development of clinical reasoning and interprofessional behaviors: service-learning at a student-run free clinic. Journal of Interprofessional Care

  • Martin, A., Johnson, L. Coker-Bolt, P., Moreau, N., Perkel, J., & Jenkins, D. (2013). A case exploration of earlymotor delays in an extremely premature infant. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 6(1); 14-22.

  • Coker-Bolt, P., Jarrard, C., Woodard-Kline, F., & Merrill, P. (2012). The effects of oral motor stimulation on feeding behaviors of infants born with single ventricle anatomy. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2012.03.024.

  • Coker, P. (2010). The effects of an experiential learning program on the clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills of occupational therapy students. Journal of Allied Health, 39(4); 280-286.

  • Coker, P., Karakostas, T., Dodds, C., & Hsiang, S. (2010). Gait characteristics of children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy before and after modified constraint-induced movement therapy. Disability and Rehabilitation; 32(5), 402-408.

  • Coker, P., Lebkicker, C, & Harris, L. (2009). The effects of constraint-induced movement therapy for a child less than one year of age. Neurorehabilition, 24, 199-208.

Edited Book

  • Ramey, S., Coker-Bolt, P., & DeLuca, S. (2013). A Handbook of Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (P-CIMT): A Guide for Occupational and Physical Therapists, Researchers, and Clinicians. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association Press.


Book Chapters:

  • Coker-Bolt, P., Garcia, T., & Nabor, E. (2014). Neuromotor: Cerebral Palsy. In Case-Smith & O’Brien, Occupational Therapy for Children (7th Ed). St. Louis, Mo: Mosby-Elsevier.

  • Coker-Bolt, P. & Early, M.B. (2012). Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation and Intervention in Physical Dysfunction. In Early, M.B., Physical Dysfunction Practice Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, (3rd Ed). St. Louis, Mo.: Mosby-Elsevier.

  • Coker, P., Garcia, T., & Nabor, E. (2011). Cerebral Palsy. In Soloman & O’Brien, Pediatric Skills for Occupational Therapy Assistants (3rd Ed.). St. Louis, Mo.: Mosby-Elsevier.


Grant Activity

Coker-Bolt, P. (PI), DeLuca, S., Ramey, S., & Woodbury, M. (Co-I) (2013-2014) MUSC Global Health MUSC Center for Global Health (CGH) pilot grant “Building Global Capacity for Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Low-Income Countries” The overarching aim of this proposal is to translate our established P-CIMT programs into a model appropriate for implementation in Ethiopia potentially improving the lives of children throughout the country.

Gretchen Seif (PI), Patty Coker-Bolt (Co-I), Sara Kraft (Co-I),Dusti- Annan-Coultas (Co-I), and Karen Wager (Co-I): iPad Therefore I Can”: Assessment of iPads Technology at the CARES Therapy Clinic.

Coker-Bolt, P. (2011-2016). Core Faculty (10% effort). South Carolina Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (SC LEND). HRSA Grant, Co-Directors M. Macias, MD and K. Desmond, MD.

Coker-Bolt, P. (7/2012 to 6/2013). Principal Investigator, “Camp Hand to Hands”. The Charles Web/Ed Croft Endowment, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Seif, G., Coker-Bolt, P., Kraft, S., Annan-Coulta, D., (2013). Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy CARES Clinic Pilot Project. CHP Becky A. Trickey Educational Enhancement Fund.

Coker-Bolt (PI) 5/01/2013 to 4/31/2014) MUSC Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) Pilot Project

“The STEP: The Specific Test of Early infant motor Performance” Grant Number: SCTR UL1TR000062.

Goal Statement: The goal of the STEP research program is to develop a rating scale for a shortened infant motor screening tool that requires minimal training and time to administer, correlates with the concurrent gold standard tests, has good reliability when used by usual neonatal care providers, and is sensitive enough to reasonably predict longer term outcome of preterm infants at risk for developmental delay.

Coker-Bolt, P., Gonsalves, W., Kraft, S., Seif, G., & Simpson, K. (2011-2012). Co-PI. Interprofessional Education at the MUSC: Community Aid, Relief, Education and Support Clinic (CARES) clinic. MUSC Interprofessional Collaboration Grant Opportunity Pilot Project Program.

Coker-Bolt, P., Jenkins, D., & Moreau, N. (2010 to 2012). Principal Investigator. Early gender related motor skill differences in female and male preterm infants. MUSC Specialized Center of Research (SCOR).


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