Catherine Killian

Catherine Killian

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Office Phone



1919 W. Taylor St., 348 AHSB

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Office Hours

By appointment


Dr. Killian has expertise as a healthcare manager and a clinician in acute care, sub-acute care, skilled nursing, acute rehabilitation, outpatient and home health settings. Her role at the University of Illinois at Chicago is as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, overseeing clinical fieldwork experiences. She is also the lead instructor for OT 564: Leadership and Management in OT and a facilitator for Synthesis I and III. Additionally, she serves as guest lecturer for several courses.

Dr. Killian is a member of the Illinois Occupational Therapy Licensure Board and the Chicago Area Council of Occupational Therapy Directors. She has appointments on two American Occupational Therapy Association committees. Her scholarly work focuses on leadership skill development, fieldwork education, performance improvement and program development.

Dr. Killian received her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy at UIC, her Master of Education degree at Marshall University and completed her post-professional doctoral degree in occupational therapy at UIC in May, 2017 with a focus on occupational therapy leadership development.

Selected Grants

American Occupational Therapy Association, Validation of the Revised AOTA Fieldwork Performance Evaluations, Research faculty

Selected Publications

“Transitioning from Clinician to Manager”, AMSIS Quarterly newsletter

“Primary Care: A New Context for Applied Scholarship”, Occupational Therapy in Healthcare

“Trends and Current Issues in Fieldwork Education, 2018”, Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Communique


Service to the Community

Dr. Killian serves on the Department of Occupational Therapy committees for: Faculty Clinical Practice, Clinical-Academic Collaboration, Fieldwork Subcommittee, Archives and Library, OT Primary Care, and OT Clinical Opportunities. She is also on the College of Applied Health Sciences Clinical Education Committee.

Leadership in the Profession

State of Illinois, Illinois Occupational Therapy Licensure Board, Appointed member

American Occupational Therapy Association, Leadership Community of Practice appointed facilitator, Special Interest Sections (SIS)

American Occupational Therapy Association, Advocacy and Policy Coordinator, Appointed member, Academic/Education Special Interest Group (AESIS)

Chicago Area Occupational Therapy Directors Group, Executive committee member


Doctorate, Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017
Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Exam
Master of Education, Adult Education and Counseling, Marshall University
Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago