Gail Fisher

Gail Fisher

Clinical 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


Dr. 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 25 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. Dr. Fisher completed 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 in primary care and hospital 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. Dr. 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

Dr. 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 of Directors 2009-2013

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

Notable Honors

2019 - UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois at Chicago, Teaching Excellence Committee

2017 - Excalibur Award for Teaching Excellence in Occupational Therapy, UIC College of Applied Health Sciences, selected by graduating MS Occupational Therapy students

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

2012 - Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association


PhD in Public Health Sciences, Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017
MPA, Master of Public Administration, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1988
BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1980