Mansha Mirza

Mansha Mirza

Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

Associate Professor, Disability and Human Development

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1919 W. Taylor St., 346 AHSB

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By appointment


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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

Administration for Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, Promoting Obesity Prevention among Latino Children with Developmental Disabilities and their Families through Engaged Research, Site Co Principal Investigator

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Service to the Community

Dr. Mirza's scholarship builds on her collaborations with community organizations in the Chicago area, such as the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Marjorie Kovler Center for torture survivors. Dr. Mirza also serves on the Illinois Refugee Health Task Force, a coalition of refugee resettlement agencies, health centers, and other community-based agencies in Chicago.

Leadership in the Profession

American Occupational Therapy Association, Member

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine - International Networking Group Executive Committee, Member at large

American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Scientific Advisory Council , Member, Scientific Review Group

Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans, Member

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