Kathleen earned her baccalaureate in occupational therapy from the University of Minnesota in 1977. In 1990 she earned her masters in Public Health (MPH) also from the University of Minnesota. In 2010 she completed her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the School of Education, University of Minnesota.
Kathleen has extensive clinical experience in the area of physical rehabilitation, with a special interest in working to encourage healthy living and life balance for all persons. She started teaching at St. Kates in 1992 as an instructor; became an assistant professor in 1994; and associate professor in 2000. She is currently the Chair of the Occupational Science and Occupational therapy department and Program Director of the MAOT Program.
Primary areas of interest and research for Kathleen include life balance, fatigue management, multiple sclerosis, and healthy aging. She has a personal interest in running or anything active and enjoyment of nature.