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Brad Egan

  • ​​​​He/Him/His
  • Associate Professor
  • OTD, PhD, CADC, OTR/L​

  • Occupational Therapy

Dr. Egan joined DePaul University in Spring of 2022 as an Associate Professor within the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program.  Prior to joining DePaul, Dr. Egan was the founding site coordinator for the second occupational therapy program in South Carolina at Lenoir-Rhyne University's Columbia campus. 

His primary areas of interest include addressing the occupational needs of clients experiencing  or at risk for homelessness, addictions, and trauma.  He is also interested in using occupation to support mental health in schools.  Dr. Egan is also credentialed as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in Illinois.

He has previously served as the Editor of AOTA's Mental Health Special Interest Section Quarterly.  Additionally, Dr. Egan acted as the chair of the ILOTA MHSIS Section (2015-2016) and the SCOTA MHSIS section (2018-2019).

He is excited to be returning to Chicago!  Some of his favorite occupations include drinking coffee, jogging, watching foreign films, collecting faux taxidermy, and traveling. 


  • BA (Spanish), University of South Carolina, 1999
  • OTD (Occuaptional Therapy), Creighton University, 2002
  • MA (Health Studies), University of Alabama, 2009
  • Certificate (Addiction Studies), College of DuPage, 2014
  • PhD (Education), Northcentral University, 2018

Professional Memberships

  • AOTA

Licenses and Certifications

  • IL OT License
  • SC OT License
  • NC OT License
  • IL CADC Certified
  • NBCOT Certified

Selected Publications

  • Egan, B., Sears, C., & Keener, A. (in progress; anticipated release 2022). Occupational Therapy Groups for Addressing Mental Health Challenges in School-Aged Populations. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc.
  • Sears, C. & Egan, B. (2022).  A qualitative study on occupational therapy students' perceptions of using keyform maps.  Journal of Education and Training Studies, 10(2), 29-34. doi:10.11114/jets.v10i2.5430
  • Mahoney, W. & Egan, B. (2021).  Focus on the Mental and Spiritual: Idealism and Occupational Therapy.  In S. Taff, Philosophy and Occupational Therapy:  Informing Education, Research, and Practice.  (Chapter 3). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc. ISBN:978-1-63091-676-3
  • Cahill, S., Egan, B., & Bazyk, S. (2020). Chapter 14: Mental Health Disorders.  In J. Solomon & J. O'Brien, Pediatric Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, 5th ed., St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Health Sciences. ISBN: 978-0-323-59713-5
  • Cahill, S., Egan, B., & Seber, J. (2020).  Activity- and occupation-based interventions to support mental health, positive behavior, and social participation for children and youth: A systematic review.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(2), 7402180020. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2020.038687
  • Brown, C. & Egan, B. (2019).  Introduction to the Person.  In C. Brown, V. Stoffel, & J. Munoz, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation, 2nd ed., (pp. 85-95).
  • Egan, B.E. & Cahill, S. (2017).  National survey to identify mental health topics in entry-level OT and OTA curricula: Implications for occupational therapy education.  Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 1(1), Article 6 1-14.
  • Cahill, S. & Egan, B.E. (2017).  Identifying youth with mental health conditions at school. OT Practice (CE Article), 22(5), CE1-CE8
  • Cahill, S. & Egan, B.E. (2017).  Perceptions of Occupational Therapy Involvement in School Mental Health: A Pilot Study.  Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 5(1), 1-10.
  • Cahill, S., Polo, K., Egan, B., & Marasti, N. (2016). Interventions to promote diabetes self-management in children & youth: A scoping review.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70 (5), 70-77.
  • Egan, B., Cahill, S., Huber Lee, C., & Wallingford, M. (2016). The use of an evidence-based practice online module to increase occupational therapy practitioners' knowledge and skills. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 14(2), 10.
  • Knecht-Sabres, L., Egan, B., Wallingford, M., & Kovic, M. (2015). Instructional strategies used to improve students' comfort and skill in addressing the occupational therapy process.  Journal of Education and Training Studies, 5(3), 18-25.  
  • Egan, B.E., Huber-Lee, C., Dess-McGuire, M., Wallingford, M., & Cahill, S. (2015). An intervention to promote the adoption of evidence-based practice (EBP) behaviors.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69 (Suppl), PO5087.