Susan Magasi

Susan Magasi

Assistant Professor, Disability and Human Development

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Office Phone



1919 W. Taylor St., 327 AHSB

Mail Code


Office Hours

By appointment


Susan Magasi is an assistant professor in the Departments of Occupational Therapy and Disability Studies.

Dr. Magasi's research and teaching are focused on healthcare justice for people with disabilities. Specifically, she works closely with the disability community using an equity-focused, community-based participatory approach to help understand and address barriers to primary and cancer care (including access, quality and outcomes) for people with disabilities.

Dr. Magasi is currently the principal investigator on 3 intervention research studies (totally over $1 million dollars in external funding) that focus on the use of peer support to help promote healthcare justice for people with disabilities.

In recognition of innovative research, Susan Magasi was named 2016 Researcher of the Year - Rising Star in the Social Sciences.

Selected Grants

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, Peer Health Navigation for Medicaid Beneficiaries with Physical Disabilities: A Community-Based Participatory Research Intervention Development Study, Principal Investigator

National Cancer Institute, WeCanConnect: Using mHealth to Connect Cancer Patients with Disabilities with Matched Disabled Cancer Survivors, Principal Investigator

American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Negotiating the Healthcare System as a Person with a Disailbity: A Peer-OT Led Intervention, Principal Investigator

Leadership in the Profession

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Communications Committee, Chair

Notable Honors

2016 - Researcher of the Year, Rising Star in Social Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago

2016 - Best Paper Award, NARRTC

2016 - Acting Up Award, Chicago Community Trust

2014 - Humanitarian of the Year, UIC College of Applied Health Sciences


Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2006-2008
PhD, Disability Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006
MS, Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002
BS, Occupational Therapy with great distinction, McGill University, 1995
BS with distinction, University of New Brunswick, 1992