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

Steve joined the Occupational Therapy Program at CSS as Program Director in the summer of 2013.  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’s 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: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6256
E-Mail: KErickso@css.edu
Website: View
Kelly Erickson joined The College of Saint Scholastica Department of Occupational Therapy as an Assistant Professor in 2010.  She has been practicing as an occupational therapist for 17 years with experience in management and all levels of client care.  Her teaching roles include Foundations in OT, Evidence-Based OT I and II, and Psychosocial OT.  Previous teaching roles include 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.  Erickson is a calibrated rater of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) through the Center for Innovative OT Solutions.
 
Erickson has a master's degree in occupational therapy and recently completed a three-year term on The College of Saint Scholastica Alumni Board of Directors.  She 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."  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).
 
Erickson’s practice focus includes occupational performance with attention to role performance patterns, behavior management, and sensory processing across the lifespan.  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.  A recent publication "Evidence Considerations for Mobile Devices in the Occupational Therapy Process" appeared in The Open Journal for Occupational Therapy in April 2015.  Ongoing research projects include preparedness for interprofessional learning among graduate students and long-term outcomes of an on-campus teaching-learning clinic in occupational therapy curriculum.  She has presented at various occupational therapy 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 is currently serving as Co-Administrator of AOTA’s Evidence-Based Practice Evidence Exchange and is an approved Critically Appraised Paper (CAP) reviewer with AOTA.  She is also incomgin Editor-in-Chief of the AOTA Exam Prep Editorial Board, which includes overseeing item writing, establishing and completing timelines for product review, revewing the online exam prep product, and coordinating the writing of editorial board members.  
 
Erickson is the co-leader of the Duluth Area Special and Sled Hockey organization, which has been in operation since 2011.  The organization provides community hockey opportunities in both competitive and casual experiences for individuals of all abilities and needs.  She also serves as a member of the Visit Duluth Sports Advisory Council to advise accessiblity needs of sports programming and events in the Duluth area.
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 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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