Marianne Christiansen, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor Emerita, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Marianne has a Master's Degree in Human Services and Health Administration from St. Mary's University. Her undergraduate degree is from Metropolitan State University and she has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from Hertfordshire College of Art and Design in St. Albans, England.
She came to the OTA Program in 1981 as a faculty member and became the Program Director in 1988. She served in this role until 2012. She taught couses in aging, psychosocial issues, clinical conditions and professional issues. She retired in May 2013 and is a Professor Emerita in the program.
Marianne has practiced as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings including: adult physical rehabilitation; long term care; mental health and with adults and adolescents in chemical dependency. Her current areas of interest include: the provision of occupational therapy services to immigrants and refugees with a focus on torture survivors; curriculum; and assessment initiatives in both practice and education.
Marianne has served on the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Board (MOTA) and was a member and Vice Chair of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). She served as an accreditation evaluator for 12 years, taught the workshops to train new evaluators and was a member of the ACOTE Appeals Panel as well as an ACOTE Emeritus member. Marianne received the Fellow Award (FAOTA) from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2004 and the Occupational Therapist of the Year Award from the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association in 2009.