Allison Naber

Allison Naber

Assistant Professor



Phone: (605) 658-6458



I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southwest State University, Marshall, MN in 2002. In 2004, I received my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Dakota. I received my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree through the post-professional program at the University of South Dakota in 2016. I have clinical experience in the areas of hand to elbow rehabilitation, occupational health, and lymphedema therapy. I am a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), and I am also certified through the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA).

Teaching Interests:

I teach course content in the areas of upper extremity rehabilitation, preparatory methods and splinting, agriculture, occupational health and ergonomics, and professional identity. I coordinate the Level I fieldwork experiences. I have participated in the Course Design Fellowship through the Centers for Teaching and Learning at USD, and I continue to pull from this experience to engage students through collaborative learning techniques and active learning strategies.

Research Interests:

My scholarship interests include occupational health and injury prevention in rural, office and industrial settings, and the role of occupational therapy in lymphedema therapy. I also have a scholarship interest in determining the most effective teaching and learning strategies to aid in the transition to clinical practice and to promote lifelong learning.


  • Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy, University of South Dakota, 2016
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, University of South Dakota, 2004
  • BA, Psychology, Southwest State University, 2002

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Minnesota OT Licensure, State of Minnesota Department of Health
  • Adult CPR/AED and Infant CPR, American Red Cross
  • South Dakota OT License, South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist-LANA, Lymphology Association of North America
  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Academy of Lymphatic Studies
  • Functional Movement Screen, FMS
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation, Functional Job Analysis, Prework Screen Certifications, WorkWell


  • MCI Grant, Center for Teaching & Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2018 - 2019)
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness: An Interprofessional Cultural Encounter, USD SHS Diversity, Inclusivity and Cultural Awareness (DICA) Committee. Grant Role: Principal. (2018 - Present)
  • Mobile Computing Initiative Grant, USD- Center for Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal.


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Naber, Allison, Berg-Poppe, Patti, Lucas Molitor, Whitney, MacCabe, Angela, and Nissen, Ranelle. USD Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Service Learning. In Heathcare Workforce Collaborative..

Awards and Honors:

  • Board of Director Service Award, Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association, 2017


  • Naber, Allison, Warfel, R. Michelle, Jones, Terrianne, Fleming, John, Hanson, Debra. Changing expectations for experiential learning in OT education: Implications for student learning during Level I fieldwork and practice/education partnerships. Presented at the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, St. Paul, MN. (October 28, 2018)
  • Lucas Molitor, Whitney, Johnson, Julie, MacCabe, Angela, Naber, Allison. Increasing interprofessional collaborative competency through curriculum development and knowledge translation. Presented at the Nexus Summit, Minneapolis, MN. (July 31, 2018)