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Kristine Haertl, Ph.D., ACE, OTR/L, FAOTA, has been with St. Catherine University since 1997.  Kristine is a graduate of Occupational Therapy from the University of Minnesota (1986) Department of Occupational Therapy.  She holds a Masters Degree in Health Service Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee (1994) and a Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Harold Abel School of Psychology at Capella University (2003).

Kristi is a full time faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. She loves teaching and outside of the department has taught additional courses in the psychology department and in the CORE. She too has served for a number of years on the CORE Lead committee.

Within the department, Kristi teaches masters and doctoral courses related to foundations of occupational science, educational methods and practice, sensory-perceptual-cognitive processing, and introductory and advanced mental health practice.

Kristi has been active in mental health research related to peer-supported mental health housing models and exploration of the nature and efficacy of services at a free standing psychiatric occupational therapy clinic.  Kristi’s research has lead to legislative changes regarding evidenced based mental health practice in Minnesota and has helped secure funding for the development of Fairweather housing units in Pennsylvania.  In addition to full time faculty work, Kristi has served as the Chair of a large mental health board in Minnesota, is a co-founder and co-chair of Occupational Therapy for the Advancement of Minnesota Mental Health Services, is currently the President of the Tasks Unlimited Training Center board and on the Executive board for Tasks Inc.,  and maintains a private practice serving persons with psychiatric disorders and developmental disabilities. Kristi was honored to receive the St. Catherine Univeristy Faculty of the Year Teaching and Advising Award in 2008, she was Awarded a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) in 2012 and she was inducted into the founding members of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Leaders and Legacy Society in 2015. 

Outside of occupational therapy, Kristi has taught group fitness/ aerobics for over 30 years and enjoys activities related to sports and exercise, church, and outdoors.  Kristi loves teaching in all venues and in addition to her 2008 Teaching Advising award at St. Catherine University she received Group Fitness Instructor of the Year Awards (2003) on a local, regional and national level.

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