Susan Magasi - smiling brown haired white women

Susan Magasi

Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

Associate Professor, Disability and Human Development

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1919 W. Taylor St., 327 AHSB

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Office Hours

By appointment


Susan Magasi is an associate professor in the Departments of Occupational Therapy and Disability Studies. She is passionate about issues of health and participation equity for people with disabilities.
She works closely with the disability community using an equity-focused, community-based participatory approach to help understand and break down barriers to primary and cancer care for people with disabilities via peer support and self-management-based interventions. She is increasingly adapting these interventions for remote delivery via smartphone-based apps.

She is deeply committed to mentoring the next generation of disability and occupational therapy researchers, with a commitment to students who have traditionally been under-represented in clinical practice, academia, and research. Her teaching focuses on evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, and qualitative methods.

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, WeCanManage - An mHealth self-management intervention for cancer survivors with known disabilities, Principal Investigator

Publication Aggregators

Google Scholar

Service to the Community

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Committee, Co-Chair Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, Human Functioning - Associate Editor American Psychological Association, Equity Flattens The Curve Task Force - Social Cohesion Working Group

Leadership in the Profession

American Occupational Therapy Foundation - Broad of Trustees, Member

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

2020 - Inaugural Most Cited Paper Award, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


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