Heidi Fischer

Heidi Fischer

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

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1919 W. Taylor St., 347 AHSB

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By appointment


Heidi C. Fischer received a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997 and M.S. and Doctoral degrees in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000 and 2015. From 2000 to 2004, she was clinical occupational therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). In 2003, she was a research occupational therapist in the Hand Rehabilitation Laboratory and the ARM Guide Laboratory at RIC until 2005, when she became Clinical Research Coordinator for the Hand Rehabilitation Laboratory and for a research project in the RIC Center for Outcomes Research. From 2009 to 2011, she served as Quality Consultant for the American Occupational Therapy Association. In 2014, she became Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is co-author of 20 articles, and presented at 15 national and international conferences. Her research interests include improving self-advocacy and participation following stroke through occupational therapy self-management interventions, the use of technology and task-oriented occupational therapy to promote upper extremity function following stroke.

Selected Publications