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Susan Cahill

​Dr. Cahill joined DePaul University in Fall 2023 as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program. Dr. Cahill is currently working as the Director of Evidence-based Practice and the staff liaison to the Commission on Practice at the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has been an occupational therapist for over 25 years and holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration and a PhD in Education.

Dr. Cahill was the founding program director for the MSOT program at Lewis University and has held faculty positions at Midwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to working in higher education, she was a special education administrator and a school-based OT. She also has experience in early intervention and private practice.

Some of her favorite occupations include going on adventures with her two teenage children and her husband, listening to audio books, and gardening. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs.


  • BA in Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Masters of Arts in Educational Administration, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
  • PhD in Education, University of Illinois at Chicago


  • Certificate in Educational Research Methodology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Memberships:

  • AOTA
  • WFOT

Selected Publications:

  • Cahill, S. (2023). Occupational therapy in educational settings. In G. Gillen & C. Brown (Eds.), Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy (14th ed.). Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
  • Cahill, S., & Richardson, H. (2022). Shared decision making and reducing the use of low value occupational therapy interventions. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76, 7603090010.
  • Cahill, S., & Beisbier, S. (2020). Occupational therapy practice guidelines for children and youth ages 5-21. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74 (4), 7404397010. doi:10.5014/ajot.2020.744001.

​Selected Presentations: 

  • White, S. & Cahill, S. (2023, April). Got Evidence? Practical Strategies for OTs & OTAs. Short course presented at the annual AOTA INSPIRE conference. Kansas City, MO.
  • Cahill, S., & Beisbier, S. (2021, October). Using the Practice Guidelines and Choosing Wisely Recommendations in Your Everyday Practice with Children and Youth. Presented at the annual Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association conference.

  • Lieberman, D., Dorsey, J., Boop, C., Synovec, C., Lannigan, L., Cahill, S., Gibbs, V., & Herr, B. (2019, April). The OT Practice Framework: Domain and Process Revision Update. Short course presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference. New Orleans, LA.