Susan Magasi named 2023 fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Susan Magasi

Susan Magasi ’02 MS OT, ’05 PhD DS, associate professor of OT and DHD, was named a 2023 fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The honor is given to active members of the organization who have made contributions of national significance in medical rehabilitation.

A proponent of community-based participatory research, Magasi devises and tests smart-phone apps to help people with disabilities gain access to health care, including peer support and self-managed care.

She is principal investigator for a five-year National Institutes of Health-funded project, mENTER, that is developing a remote app for a peer navigator program that helps people with newly acquired physical disabilities transition to community living.

Previous projects include the WeCanManage app for cancer survivors, funded by the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative, and OP-ENS, a program for peer health navigators to help Illinois Medicaid beneficiaries access its medical and insurance system.

Magasi, who was named AHS Researcher of the Year in 2022, received a 2023 Meritorious Service Award from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. She is OT associate department head.