Education and Additional Information


Ph.D.  Health Psychology, Harold Abel School of Psychology,  Capella University, Minneapolis, MN  (2003)

M.S. Degree in Health Service Administration, Cardinal Stritch University,            Milwaukee, Wisconsin  (1994)

B.S. Degree in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,         Minnesota  (1987)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Action research, Qualitative Methodology, and Emerging areas of Practice 
  • Heuristic Inquiry
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation- Efficacy of Mental Health Housing Models
  • Psychosocial Occupational Therapy and Community Practice
  • Sensory Integration (theory & treatment approaches)
  • Therapeutic Properties of Personal Poetry & Journal Writing
  • Occupation Based Evaluation & Intervention
  • Neurocognitive Approaches to Treatment

  Certifications/ Registration

 Registered/ Licensed Occupational Therapist (State of MN and NBCOT)

  • Minnesota Medical Assistance Provider
  • Gold Certified Aerobics and Group Fitness Instructor (American Council of Exercise)
  • Certification in Pilates Method
  • Numerous special group fitness certifications (LIFT, Cardio-Box, Yoga-Ball etc.)
  • CPR/ First Aid Certificate, American Red Cross

Professional Organization Memberships and Involvement

American Occupational Therapy Association

  • Mental Health Evidenced Based Practice Work Group 2007
  • Consulted to Psychosocial and Cognitive specialty areas for certification 2005-06
  • Commission on Education Representative, 1986
  • Committee for Development of Fieldwork Evaluation 1985-1987

World Federation of Occupational Therapy

Society for the Study of Occupation (National/International Organization)

  • Member Board of Directors, 2007-2009
  • Legal Committee Chair, 2007-2009
  • Acting Legal Committee Chair and SSO Board Member (2006-2007)
  • Legal Committee Member and Secretary (2003-Present)

Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association

  • Past Involvement with Mental Health Special Interest Group & Periodic Presenter

Consultant to the National Coalition on Community Living (2002-Present)

International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services

United States Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services

National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression

Dana Neuroscience Foundation

American Council on Exercise

Former MNDAK representative and participant 1986-1998



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