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Social Work Extended Studies
OTH Asst Prof/Coor Acad Fldwrk
Phone: (218) 723-6744
Office: HSC 318
Phone: (218) 723-6744
Kelly Erickson, PhD, OTR/L
Dr. Kelly Erickson is serving as Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the rank of Associate Professor. She has been practicing as an occupational therapist for over 20 years with emphasis in occupation-based assessments, evidence-based practice, policy and reimbursement, behavior management, and sensory processing across the lifespan. Her teaching roles include Basic Tenets in OT, Occupational Performance II: Integrated Capacities and Abilities, and Evidence-Based OT courses as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion content throughout the Program.
Dr. Erickson has a Master's of Arts degree in occupational therapy and received her Doctorate in psychology from Walden University with a dissertation titled “Perception of Stressors and Resources for Managing the Deployment Process as Predictors of Reservist Spouse’s General Wellbeing." She is a calibrated rater of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) through the Center for Innovative OT Solutions. Dr. Erickson is a member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and maintains certification with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). She is also a Credentialed Leader in Academia by completing AOTA's Academic Leadership Institute.
She has research interests that include use of everyday technology as assistive devices for occupational performance and as therapeutic media in the occupational therapy process. Ongoing research projects include long-term outcomes of an on-campus teaching-learning clinic in occupational therapy curriculum. She is currently completing a publication titled A Framework for Addressing DEI in Everyday Practice for AOTA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Occupational Therapy toolkit. She has presented at various occupational therapy conferences, the Minnesota e-Health Summit, the American Association of University Professors Conference on the State of Higher Education, and Assistive Technology Industry Association conference.
Erickson, K. (2018). On-Campus Occupational Therapy Clinic Enhances Student Professional Development and Understanding. Journal of OT Education, 2(2). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2018.020202
Erickson, K. (2017). Evidence-based uses of mobile devices: Assessment, intervention, and outcomes: CE article. OT Practice. AOTA, Inc.
Erickson, K. (2015). Evidence considerations for mobile devices in the occupational therapy process. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1132
Dr. Erickson recently served as the Editor-in-Chief of the AOTA Exam Prep Board, which included overseeing item writing, establishing and completing timelines for product review, reviewing the online exam prep product, and coordinating the writing of editorial board members. Dr. Erickson served as Co-Administrator of AOTA's Evidence-Based Practice Evidence Exchange and remains an approved Critically Appraised Paper (CAP) reviewer with AOTA. She served on The College of Saint Scholastica Alumni Board of Directors.
Dr. Erickson is continuously involved with civic community service. She is currently a hospital advocate with Programs for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA). She was the co-founder of the Duluth Area Special and Sled Hockey organization, which has been in operation since 2011 providing community hockey opportunities in both competitive and casual experiences for individuals of all abilities and needs. She also takes on frequent volunteer roles within the Hermantown Youth Hockey Association and her church organization.
Nancy Gabres, MS, OTR/L
Nancy has been an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastica for 27 years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and her Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to working at St. Scholastica, Nancy worked for 12 years as an occupational therapist with the Duluth Public Schools. From 2000 - 2008 Nancy worked as a consultant to a Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Program and worked for Pathways to Achievement as a home-based therapist from 2015-2017. Nancy’s teaching responsibilities include assessment of occupational performance, occupation-based practice and advanced practice in pediatrics. Nancy’s scholarship and research interests include: the role of occupational therapy in facilitating social participation in children with diverse cognitive and behavioral needs, the effectiveness of video modeling for children with ASD and the scholarship of teaching.
Jamie Hunter, MA, OTR/L
Position: OTH Assistant Professor & Level II Fieldwork Specialist
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6281
Level II Fieldwork Specialist and Assistant Professor: Jamie Hunter joined The College of St. Scholastica Department of Occupational Therapy as full-time faculty, Assistant Professor, in August 2021. Prior to her current role, she taught for CSS in an adjunct capacity and as a Level II Fieldwork Specialist. Jamie practiced as an Occupational Therapist in Superior, WI for 23 years prior to her start with the college. Her experience has included school-based practice, pediatrics, leadership, and fieldwork education.
Jamie is an alumnus of The College of Saint Scholastica and earned her Masters of Arts in Occupational Therapy in 1997. Jamie is currently working toward her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Jamie is a member of The American Occupational Therapy Association.
Michele Johnson, OTD, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor: Michele Karen Johnson joined The College of St. Scholastica Department of Occupational Therapy as an Assistant Professor in January 2016. She practiced as an Occupational Therapist in the Duluth area for 16 years prior to her start with the college. She is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and has taught many courses throughout the curriculum in the OT Department at the College of St. Scholastica.
Michele earned her Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in August of 2015. In 1999, Michele received her first degree of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota. Michele is a member of both The American Occupational Therapy Association and the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association.
Michele brings a broad knowledge base to the occupational therapy department. Her first eight years of practice she developed her generalist skills in both hospital-based settings and skilled nursing facilities. During this time, she developed a skill set specifically in treatment of the adult and elderly populations. In 2007, Michele took on a role as School Occupational Therapist for a local Duluth School district. She practiced in this setting through December 2016, while solidifying her skills as a pediatric occupational therapist.
Michele is a member of the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Michele is involved with the Duluth Alzheimer’s Association as a volunteer coordinator for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She also is dedicated to number of service opportunities within the college.
Christine McConnell, DC, OTR/L
Adrianne Osmundson, MA, OTR/L
Adrianne Osmundson graduated from the CSS OT program with a Master of Arts Degree in 2006 and has practiced in a variety of settings in the Twin Cities and Duluth areas since then. Her primary practice areas have been acute and critical care and long term acute care; she also has experience in long term care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Adrianne joined the OT program as a core full time faculty in August of 2021. Adrianne's teaching responsibilities include Basic Tenets of OT, Occupational Performance II and Occupational Performance III. She is also an instructor in Assessment I, Occupational Performance I, and Optimizing Occupational Performance and is a Clinical Practice Educator in the Maurice's Community Clinic. Adrianne worked as an adjunct faculty with the CSS OT department from 2019-2021 in the classroom and was a Clinical Practice Educator for first and second year students through maurice's Community Clinic for 5 semesters. She continues clinical work in acute care at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth.
She is a member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and is certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Adrianne will begin a doctoral program within the year, with research interests in the short and long term rehabilitation of ICU survivors as well as in occupational therapy based community programming.
Kaisa Syvaoja, OTD, OTR/L
Dr. Kaisa Syvaoja joined The College of St. Scholastica Occupational Therapy Program full-time faculty in 2020. Prior to her current role, she taught for CSS in an adjunct capacity. She has been practicing occupational therapy in a variety of settings from outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and school and early intervention programs. Her primary focus and areas of expertise has been in pain management, visual integration, and hypermobility.
Kaisa holds her OTD from Creighton University. She is an active member of the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), member of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD), and certified with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). She serves as a peer reviewer and patient expert for the International Ehlers Danlos Society and is active within the community.
Her research interests include addressing hypermobility related concerns and their impact on functional outcomes, chronic pain and functional limitations, and addressing health literacy across the lifespan. She is a contributing author in the textbook Occupational Therapy with Elders: Strategies for the COTA (4th ed.) and has presented at various occupational therapy conferences.