Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

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Faculty and Staff

Email information is followed by @css.edu unless otherwise noted.

Position: Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-5915
E-Mail: scope@css.edu
Website: View

Steve joined the Occupational Therapy Program at CSS in the summer of 2013 and served as the Department Chair until August of 2018. He is currently a full-time faculty member in the Occupational Therapy Department. He earned his bachelor degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (1980), MOT degree from Western Michigan University (1983), and ScD from Boston University-Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (1997).  Prior to coming to CSS, Steve was a Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department and Director of the Rehabilitation Science Program at Concordia University Wisconsin.  Steve is teaching courses related to evidence-based practice in occupational therapy.  Steve‚Äôs research interests include motor control and motor learning basis of pediatric interventions including constraint-induced movement therapy, motor imagery, and intensive interventions for children with cerebral palsy.

Position: Administrative Assistant, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6099
E-Mail: edidlo@css.edu

Emily Didlo joined the Department of Occupational Therapy as the Administrative Assistant in 2017. Emily earned her associate degree from the Medical Administrative Specialist program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior in 2009 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicating Arts from the University of Wisconsin Superior in 2013. She was a Student Services Assistant at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior for four years before joining the College of St. Scholastica community. One fun fact about Emily is that she used to be a radio announcer in college and just out of college.

Emily is currently working towards her MBA in Leadership and Change at The College of St. Scholastica.

Emily enjoys anything musical and caffeinated. She has been playing piano for 20 years, likes to find old records at estate/yard sales, and always has music playing wherever she goes. Coffee and Christmas are her favorite things, and wishes she could sing Christmas carols all year long. Her growing book collection keeps her place nice and cluttered, and can't even let herself wander around a library for too long without taking home numerous books to add to her piles.

Position: Assoc Professor/Chair, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6256
E-Mail: KErickso@css.edu
Website: View

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 20 years with practice focus in occupational performance, 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; previous courses included Foundations in OT, Psychosocial OT Biomechanics for Occupational Therapy Practice, Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy Practice, and Level I Fieldwork On-Campus Clinic.  Occupation as the core of evaluation, task analysis, and intervention processes is a consistent thread throughout her courses.  

Dr. Erickson has a master's 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 recently became 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 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.

Publications:

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 is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the AOTA Knowledge Transfer Content Development Board, which includes 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. 

Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6713
E-Mail: Ngabres@css.edu
Website: View

Nancy has been an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at The College of St. Scholastica for 19 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. From 2000 – 2008 Nancy worked as a consultant for the Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Program in Duluth, MN. Prior to working at St. Scholastica, Nancy worked for 12 years as an occupational therapist with the Duluth Public Schools. Nancy’s teaching responsibilities have focused primarily on pediatric occupational therapy. In addition, Nancy has taught for four years in St. Scholastica’s Dignitas Program. Nancy’s scholarship and research interests include: the role of occupational therapy in addressing the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure, occupational therapy intervention for children with handwriting needs, and occupational therapy intervention for children with sensory processing disorders.

Position: OTH Assistant Professor
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6744
E-Mail: mjohnson27@css.edu
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 teaches courses in Documentation and Assessment, Intervention Skills for Occupational Therapy, Administration and Supervision in Occupational Therapy in the spring. In the fall, Michele teaches Gerontic Occupational Therapy, Leadership Skills in Occupational Therapy, and is a co-teacher in the Evidence Based Occupational Therapy class.
 
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. She is also a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Amberwing here in Duluth, MN. Michele has recently become involved with the Duluth Alzheimer’s Association as a volunteer coordinator for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. 
Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6697
E-Mail: cmcconnell@css.edu
Website: View
Christine recently joined The College of St. Scholastica Occupational Therapy Program faculty in 2015. Also new to Minnesota, Christine had been working and living for over 20 years in the far-west suburban Chicago area. Originally from central Illinois, Christine received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1985). Christine worked in a variety of service settings in midsized communities prior to relocating to Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (1997) and Doctor of Chiropractic (1999) from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. As part of her professional experience, Christine has directed several multidisciplinary clinics, provided consultative services for private and governmental agencies, and served on advisory boards for multiple national organizations. Initially, Christine’s teaching responsibilities have been focused in the areas of biomechanics, administration and leadership, and neurorehabilitation. She will be working with other faculty as she takes on direction of the on campus Occupational Therapy Clinic in 2015. Christine’s scholarship and research interests include assessment of vision for determining its impact on occupational performance, translating evidence-based practice for the current healthcare environment and development of the profession internationally.
Position: Asst Prof, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 625-4851
E-Mail: rrainelli@css.edu
Website: View

Gina practiced occupational therapist for 20 years before coming to The College of Saint Scholastica in 2018.  She moved from Minneapolis, MN where she served children in the public school setting since 2004.  Previously she worked as an OT in long term care and in school and home settings (birth to 5) in rural Iowa and Minnesota.  During her career, her passion for working with children with behavioral disorders and mental illness developed and she served students in schools with the highest behaviors in the district.  Gina graduated from The College of Saint Scholastica with a BA in Health sciences in 1995 and then an MA in occupational therapy in 1997.  She graduated with her doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in December of 2015 with a concentration in pediatrics.  Her area of focus for her capstone was creating a program to teach children with emotional-behavioral disorders social skills through occupation-based activities.  She has presented on the topic of social skills and creating calming spaces in a school environment nationally.  Currently, she is editing a chapter she wrote for a text book of occupation-based activities for children with mental illness and/or behavioral disorders.  Gina loves the outdoors and especially any activity by Lake Superior, such as swimming and hunting for agates or any other interesting looking rock.  She also likes to cook, grill, entertain, travel, see movies, and spend time with her family, friends and her dog. Gina is eager to share her love and knowledge of occupational therapy with the future generation of occupational therapists        

Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-5967
E-Mail: rwarfel@css.edu
Website: View
Michelle joined the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica in the fall of 2012. She started her career at the college as an adjunct professor working with students in the on-campus clinic. In addition, she served the community as an occupational therapy clinician practicing primarily in an out-patient therapy setting. She is currently a full time Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the OT Program in the School of Health Sciences. She loves to travel and is working on the development of an International Learning Experience for students.
 
Michelle graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. Her focus of study was Biology and Psychology. She completed her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is presently working on her doctoral degree at the University of St. Augustine with an emphasis on upper extremity rehab, teaching, and research.
 
Beyond her faculty responsibilities, Michelle enjoys hiking, biking, camping, boating, traveling, snow sports, dogsledding, photography, reading, art, and just being a Duluthian. She is also trying to learn how to play the ukulele and drums. Lake Superior is a draw for her to remain in the Northland indefinitely. She also loves the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and is passionate about protecting our fresh water and natural surroundings. She has two amazing dogs that she loves to take with her on adventures. She is also very enthusiastic about connecting individuals of all abilities with nature and it’s inherit healing of spirit. She hopes to empower people to reach their full potential whatever their dreams may be.


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