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OTD, MPH, OTR/L
Dr. Barrett joined DePaul University in the Fall of 2019 as the founding director of the Masters of Occupational Therapy program. Prior to joining DePaul, Dr. Barrett was a faculty member and program director of the post-professional doctorate program at St. Catherine University, and prior to that she was on faculty at Creighton University. She considers herself a general practitioner specializing in occupation based therapy across age groups and populations. She recently earned her Master’s degree in Global Health which she sees as a way to enhance her international occupational therapy work.
Her primary areas of interest include global health, immigrants & refugees, and integrating skills for cultural fluency into health care education. She serves on the Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation academic committee and has taught courses in the first occupational therapy baccalaureate program in Haiti at the Episcopal University of Haiti. Over the past 25 years, she has partnered with organizations in Peru, Ecuador, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic to develop learning experiences for occupational therapy students and to build relationships that support the growth of the profession globally.Some of her favorite occupations include walking with her partner and dog, mountain biking, biking along Lake Michigan, curling, traveling, skiing, cooking, and spending time with family in northern MN. Perhaps of most interest, her OT career started in Chicago - her first job as an OT was at Rush and her second was in the Chicago Public Schools. She is thrilled to be back in Chicago and at DePaul.