Faculty and Staff | Occupational Therapy

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Position: Professor/Chair, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-5915
E-Mail: scope@css.edu
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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) 723-6744
E-Mail: MDonovan@css.edu

Since 1995 Mary Lou has taught in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica. As an Assistant Professor, her teaching responsibilities include course work related to gerontology, leadership, documentation, research and the department’s capstone. 

Mary Lou graduated from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus with a Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy in 1978. Her early years of working as an OT were with the pediatric population. She taught in the OT Assistant Program at what is now known as Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN for portions of 1981-85, attaining a Minnesota Vocational Teaching License in 1984. Also during this time she transferred her practice focus to working with the adult population.

From 1985 to 1991 Mary Lou was hired as the Director of the Courage Center Duluth Sports and Recreation Programs, and was responsible for the day to day operations, development and administration of community based recreation programs for people with physical disabilities, speech, vision or hearing impairments.  During this time Mary Lou acquired a Master of Education degree from  University of Minnesota-Duluth with an emphasis in Exercise Science for People with Disabilities.  Mary Lou continued practicing as an occupational therapist in a variety of contexts from home health, hospital, and school settings until being hired by The College of St. Scholastica in 1995. In 2006 she acquired a  Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Post-secondary, and Adult Education from Capella University.  

Mary Lou's primary area of interest  for practice is gerontology, and the policy and procedural actions that support philosophies of healthy aging, older adults aging in place, and healthy communities supporting people throughout the entire age span. Mary Lou’s expertise is working with people who have dementia, and their caregivers, and she is trained to instruct other providers in the use of the Allen Cognitive Model tools. 

Mary Lou enjoys travelling and has had the opportunity to practice her OT skills in Haiti, as well as served as the faculty person for the Study Abroad Program in Cuernavaca, Mexico during Fall Semester, 2008. 

She's a beekeeper, fly fisher, gardener, and loves the outdoors.


Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6256
E-Mail: KErickso@css.edu
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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 Biomechanics for Occupational Therapy Practice, Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy Practice, and research courses including advising research projects.  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 has been serving on The College of Saint Scholastica Alumni Board of Directors since 2012.
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.   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 a faculty liaison with AOTA’s Evidence Exchange and is an approved Critically Appraised Paper (CAP) reviewer with AOTA.  She is also a Board Member with the AOTA Test Prep Editorial Board, which includes outline and test item writing, reviewing the online test prep product, and responding to product users comments and questions about test items. 
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.  
Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6713
E-Mail: Ngabres@css.edu
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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: Admin. Asst. II, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-6099
E-Mail: KHatfiel@css.edu

First line of contact and manager of the day-to-day activities of the Department of Occupational Therapy, which has 6 faculty, 64 students and clients involved in an on-site OT clinic.   

Fax: (218)-723-6698.

alternate email: otclinic@css.edu (for on-site clinic clients and observers).

Position: Asst Professor, OTH
Department: Occupational Therapy
Phone: (218) 723-5967
E-Mail: rwarfel@css.edu
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