Celeste Januszewski

Celeste Januszewski

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

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1919 W. Taylor St., 329 AHSB

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By appointment


Celeste Januszewski, OTD, OTR/L, CPRP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is the lead instructor for Development of a Therapeutic Self, OT Practice: Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Performance, and Introduction to OT Practice. She is the co-instructor of the Performance Skills Analysis workshop, where she supports occupational therapy students to foster their observation skills, focusing on the quality of occupational performance. Dr. Januszewski coordinates the Level I fieldwork experience where students run therapeutic groups at community sites.

Dr. Januszewski has presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference, International Institute on the Model of Human Occupation, American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association's Recovery Workforce Summit, Consortium of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Educators, and the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association conference. As a clinician, she collaborates with adults with serious mental illness to support their recovery in community settings.

Selected Publications

“Filling the gaps: Occupational therapy services in community mental health”, AOTA SIS Quarterly

“Occupational therapy’s distinct value: Mental health promotion, prevention and intervention across the lifespan. ”, AOTA Fact Sheet

“Assessments Used Within the Model of Human Occupation”, Occupational Therapy Assessments in Mental Health

“Role for occupational therapy in community mental health: Using policy to advance scholarship of practice”, Occupational Therapy in Health Care

Service to the Community

State of Illinois Department of Human Services / Williams Consent Decree Evaluations, 2014-current, Program Coordinator. Coordinate program to evaluate supports needed for individuals who are currently living in IMDs (Institutes of Mental Disease) to transition to community living. MADO Healthcare, 2015-current. Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator.

Notable Honors

2017 - Invited speaker, AOTA Mental Health Summit, Performance-based assessment process for independent living skills, American Occupational Therapy Association

2018 - Invited speaker, Webinar: Occupational Therapy in Community Mental Health, Department of Human Services, State of Illinois


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, 2015. University of Illinois at Chicago
Advisors: Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Katherine Burson, MS, OTR/L; Virginia Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA
Project: Building a community mental health occupational therapy workforce in Illinois