Kristine Haertl

Name and Contact

  • Kristine Haertl
    St. Catherine University
    Department of Occupational Therapy

  • Phone: (651) 690-6952

  • Email:

Training and Advanced Certifications

  • Ph.D.- Health Psychology

  • MS - Health Service Administration

  • B.S. – Occupational Therapy

  • ACE Gold Certified- Group Fitness Instructor (American Council on Exercise)

  • Several Group Fitness Certifications

  • Several areas of special training in mental health

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Developmental Disabilities

  • Occupational Science

  • Brain and Behavior

  • Health and Fitness

Awards and Honors

  • Make the Difference Outstanding Service Award (2019) Tasks Unlimited Inc.

  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation Meritorious Service Award (2018)

  • Marquis Who’s Who Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2017 & 2018)

  • Faculty of the Year- St. Catherine University (2008) - won several teaching/ mentor awards

  • Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Communication Award for “Outstanding Written and Verbal Contributions Advancing Occupational Therapy” (2015)

  • Leaders & Legacy Society - Nominated, Approved & Inducted in Inaugural American Occupational Therapy Association Leaders and Legacy Society (2015)

  • Marquis Who’s Who in the World – Multiple awards

  • Numerous Service Awards: SSO: USA Research Society (2003-Present)/ Tasks Unlimited (1987- Present)

  • Roster of Fellows: Awarded to Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (2012)

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, featured in publication on innovative occupational therapy visionaries in the Vision in Action (2008)

  • Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Research Award for "Excellence in Clinical Work, Teaching, and Research in Mental Health” (2005)

  • Invited Key Note/ Featured Speaker in over 25 Midwestern and National Conferences (2002-Present)

  • Psi Chi Honor Society

Leadership Accomplishments

  • Editor-in-Chief for the AOTA centennial OTArchive project.

  • Chairperson for the OT L&LS History Preservation Project.

  • Author and/or co-author of 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 50 book chapters and other professional publications.

  • Editor of ten books; several published for decades with multiple editions.

  • Author and/or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed and invited presentations on areas of expertise at occupational therapy and interdisciplinary international, national, and state conferences.

  • Editorial board member and/or peer reviewer for AJOT, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Journal of the Medical Library Association.

  • Peer reviewer for international, national, and state conferences and seminal professional and continuing education publications for over 30 years.

  • Founding member and recording secretary for the NYSOTA Political Action Committee

Leadership Passions

  • President - Tasks Unlimited Training Center Board

    • Executive Board - Tasks Unlimited

  • Board Member - Society for the Study of Occupation

  • Co-founder and Co-chair of Occupational Therapy for the Advancement of Minnesota Mental Health Services

  • Two books and over 45 publications

  • Over 125 presentations on 6 continents

  • Wife, mom, friend, athlete, bicyclist, runner, traveler, volunteer, adventurist

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