Catherine R. Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Catherine R. Hoyt

Catherine R. Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Washington University School of Medicine

Pediatric Occupational Therapist with a PhD focused in Rehabilitation and Participation Science from Washington University in St. Louis.


  • Academia
  • Early Intervention
  • Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Rare Diseases
  • CIMT

Languages in addition to English

  • Spanish


Dr. Hoyt is an early intervention (0-3 years) occupational therapist and Instructor at Washington University School of Medicine. A native of Silver Spring, Md., she earned her doctorate in occupational therapy in 2010 and PhD in rehabilitation and participation science in 2017 from Washington University in St. Louis.

She completed a postdoctoral externship at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hoyt is a co-founder of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) and served as its chair from its inception in 2014 through 2020. As a clinician, Dr. Hoyt recognized the gaps in assessment, particularly for early identification of disability among children with sickle cell disease, and the real and devastating impact delayed identification of disability can have on long-term outcomes for children, leading to the development of the Infant Toddler Activity Card Sort (ITACS).

She is a scholar in the Mentored Training in Implementation Science K12 Training Program and currently serves as site Co-PI for the I-ACQUIRE trial of constraint induced movement therapy for children 8-36 months of age.

See Catherine’s published works on her Google Scholar profile.

Listen to Catherine Hoyt on the OT Potential Podcast

  • CIMT and OT
  • Disparities in Supports for Autism in Latino Families

Read Catherine Hoyt’s Blog Posts

  • Which OT Degree? (OT, OTD, PPOTD & More!)