Mansha Mirza

Mansha Mirza

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Assistant Professor, Disability and Human Development

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1919 W. Taylor St., 346 AHSB

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By appointment


CV 2018


Dr. Mirza’s scholarly interests address health and social service disparities among low-income, underserved communities, with a special focus on immigrant and refugee newcomers. She is currently working on research projects that seek to enhance healthcare services for these communities using interventions such as community capacity building, information and communication technology applications, trained language interpreters and para professionals. In her work, Dr. Mirza collaborates with various community organizations. Dr. Mirza is also the lead instructor of Research Methods in Occupational Therapy, a required course in the MS program.

Selected Grants

Administration for Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, Partners of Refugees in Illinois Disability Employment, Co Principal Investigator

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Applied Health Sciences, Walking the talk: Language access in rehabilitation services, Principal Investigator

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation, Promoting Language Equity for Medicaid Beneficiaries in Illinois, Principal Investigator

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Piloting an Occupational Therapy Intervention in a Primary Care Clinic, Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

“Making sense of three-way conversations: A qualitative study of cross-cultural counseling with refugee men.”, International Journal of Intercultural Relations

“Insurance coverage for rehabilitation therapies and association with social participation outcomes among low-income children”, Journal of Healthcare for Poor and Underserved

“Working With Clients With Limited English Proficiency: Mapping Language Access in Occupational Therapy”, Occupational Therapy in Healthcare


Service to the Community

Dr. Mirza's scholarship builds on her long-term and ongoing collaborations with community organizations in the Chicago area, such as the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Asian Human Services. Dr. Mirza also serves on the Illinois Refugee Health Task Force, which is a coalition of refugee resettlement agencies, health centers, and other community-based agencies in Chicago.

Leadership in the Profession

American Occupational Therapy Association, Member

Illinois Refugee Health Task Force, Member

Illinois Refugee Mental Health Task Force, Chair, Working Group on Language Access in Services

Notable Honors

2015-16 - Faculty Fellow, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago


BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, 2002
M., Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004
PhD, Disability Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
Postdoctoral MS, Health Services and Outcomes Research, Northwestern University, Chicago, 2012