Name and Contact
St. Catherine University
Department of Occupational Therapy
Phone: (651) 690-6952
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
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
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
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