Jean Koketsu, MS, OTR/L graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a B.A. in psychology and from San Jose State University with an M.S. in Occupational Therapy (OT) in the U.S. Most of her career has been working with adults who have physical disabilities in inpatient, outpatient and community settings. She was a lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University where she taught the clinical OT practice and professional development classes.
Throughout her career, she was aware that many of her clients had sleep issues, but in the first decade of OT practice when she worked at a large rehabilitation hospital, she assumed that other healthcare professionals were helping clients with sleep. In 2009 when she started working in community settings, she found many of her clients had severe sleep issues. She was no longer surrounded by “other healthcare professionals” whom she thought “took care of sleep” for her clients, so she started researching the topic of sleep and rest more. Her research proved that sleep was vital to functioning and was neglected by herself, her profession and society at large. Jean found success in helping clients make simple changes to improve sleep in her regular OT practice. She believes that OTs, in all practice settings and across the lifespan, need to be more educated on the topic of the restorative occupations to help improve quality of life.
She is passionate about sharing what she knows about sleep with her clients, students, community groups and others in her profession. She currently works as an OT with older adults in the community and is working on her clinical OT doctorate with a focus on sleep.
Foti, D. & Koketsu, J. (2013). Activities of daily living. In H. M. Pendleton and W. Schultz-Krohn (Eds.), Pedretti’s occupational therapy: Practice skills for physical dysfunction (7th ed, pp.157-232). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
Koketsu, J. S. (2013). Sleep and rest. In H. M. Pendleton and W. Schultz-Krohn (Eds.), Pedretti’s occupational therapy: Practice skills for physical dysfunction (7th ed, pp. 313-336). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby. (online preview)