Gail Fisher

Gail Fisher

Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Department Head for Administration, Occupational Therapy

Director of MS Admissions, Occupational Therapy

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1919 W. Taylor St., 317A AHSB

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By appointment


Ms. Fisher has had clinical and administrative roles in a variety of hospital, school and community settings. She has been a clinical faculty member at UIC for over 20 years. She teaches students about the theories used in occupational therapy practice, and a course covering health care and occupational therapy delivery systems, the impact of policy and payment trends on practice, and advocacy. Ms. Fisher represents occupational therapy on the faculty team teaching an interdisciplinary course preparing students to work with people with HIV or AIDS. Related to her interest in policy analysis, she is completing a PhD in Health Services Research in the UIC School of Public Health and is a nationally known expert on health care reform and its impact on occupational therapy practice. She was involved in the creation and refinement of two assessments based on the Model of Human Occupation, the Worker Role Interview and the Residential Environment Impact Scale. Ms. Fisher coordinates the department’s participation in the college’s Health & Diversity Academy, which includes community-based service learning experiences for MS students.

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Service to the Community

Ms. Fisher's community partners include El Valor Corp., a community-based agency in Pilsen serving adults with intellectual disabilities, and St. Leonard's Ministries, which provides a high school completion program for formerly incarcerated adults.

Leadership in the Profession

American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee, Chair, 2013-2015; Board Director 2009-2013

American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee, Member, Circle of Advisors, 2015 to present

Notable Honors

2016 - Applied Health Sciences Educator of the Year, UIC College of Applied Health Sciences

2015 - Alumni Loyalty Award, University of Illinios

2012 - Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association

2012 - American Occupational Therapy Foundation, founding member of the Leaders and Legacies Society


Completing Phd in Public Health, Health Services Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, anticipated graduation summer 2017
MPA, Master of Public Administration, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1988
BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1980