Gail Fisher

Gail Fisher

Clinical Professor Emerita, Occupational Therapy

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1919 W. Taylor St., 311 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 30 years. She designs resources that help students and therapists use theory to guide their practice. She also teaches a course covering health care and occupational therapy delivery systems, and the impact of policy and payment trends on practice. 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 policy and its impact on occupational therapy practice. She is an expert in the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO), and was involved in the creation and refinement of two assessments based on the MOHO, the Worker Role Interview and the Residential Environment Impact Scale. Dr. Fisher coordinates the department’s participation in the college’s Health and Diversity Academy, which includes community-based service learning experiences for MS students. She has published on occupational therapy acute care practice, and co-authored two papers on the role of occupational therapy with COVID-19 in acute care, and with quarantine restrictions.

Selected Publications

“Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic: Occupational Therapy on the Front Line ”,

The Environment and Human Occupation in R. Taylor (Ed.) Kielhofner's Model of Human Occupation: Theory and application (5th Ed.), Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

“Health Policy Perspectives—Policy and payment changes create new opportunities for occupational therapy in acute care”,

“Comparing and using occupation-focused models”,

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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

Illinois Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee, Interim Chair 2017-2019 and Treasurer 1985-2011

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