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Olson
Linda
M.
PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Acting Department Chairperson
Occupational Therapy
College of Health Sciences
600 S. Paulina St.
Armour Academic Center
Suite 1011
Chicago, IL 60612

(312) 942-7109
(312) 942-6989
linda_m_olson@rush.edu
PhD in Health Related Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University

MS in occupational therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago

BS in occupational therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Behavioral Disciplines and Activities

Linda Olson, Ph.D, OTR/L, has been an occupational therapist for 25 years. Her practice area is mental health and she is responsible for teaching the mental health courses within the occupational therapy curriculum. Her research interests are associated with exploring sensory modulation in individuals with mental illness; depression and older adults; and strategies to increase the OT workforce in the area of mental health. Olson is currently the editor of the American Occupational Therapy Mental Health Special Interest Section Quarterly Newsletter. She also serves as the representative for the Coalition of Rehabilitation Therapy Organizations for The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Professional Technical Advisory Committee. The following is a list of Olson’s publications:
 
 
Olson, L.M. (2012, March). Self-Determination and Mental Illness. American Occupational Therapy Mental Health Special Interest Section Quarterly,   35(1), 1-4.
 
Olson, L.M. (2010, March). Examining Schizophrenia and Sensory Modulation Disorder: A Review of the Literature. American Occupational Therapy Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly33(1), 1-4.
 
Champagne, T., Koomar, J., & Olson, L. (2010). Sensory processing evaluation and intervention in mental health. OT Practice, 15(5), CE-1-CE-8.
 
Olson, L.M. (2009). Review of Foundations of the Vocational Rehabilitation Process (6th ed.). Available:http://www.doody.com.
 
Olson, L.M. (2009). Review of Assessments in Occupational Therapy Mental Health: An Integrative Approach (2nd ed.). Available: http://www.doody.com.
 
Kielhofner, G.; Forsyth, K.; Clay, C. Ekbladt, E.; Haglund, L.; Hemmingson, H.; Keponen, R. & Olson, L. (2008). Talking with clients: Assessments that collect information through interviews. In G. Kielhofner (Ed.), A model of human occupation: Theory and application (4th ed.). Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. 
 
Olson, L.M., Skinner, S.T., Hill, J.F., Pietkiewicz, L., Mahaffey, F. & Cunix, J. (2007). Integrating evidence into Practice: Experiences of an evidence based practice workgroup. American Occupational Therapy Mental Health Special Interest Section Quarterly, 30(4), 1-4.
 
Aponte-Soto, L.; Olson, L.; Viernes, A.; Parisi, M.; & Krause, M.K. (2005). Best practices in nursing staff retention for hospice care organizations. Caring Magazine, 14(11), 34-41.
 
Deshpande, S.; Kielhofner, G.; Henriksson, C.; Haglund, L.; Olson, L.; & Forsyth, K. (2003). A user’s manual for the occupational circumstances assessment and interview rating scale (version 2.0). Chicago: Model of Human Occupation Clearinghouse, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Occupational Therapy.
 
Kielhofner, G.; Forsyth, K.; Ekbladt, E.; Haglund, L.; Hemmingson, H.; Keponen, R. & Olson, L. (2002). Talking with clients: Assessments that collect information through interviews. In G. Kielhofner (Ed.), A model of human occupation: Theory and application (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins. 
 
Kielhofner, G; Lai, J.S.; Olson, L.; Haglund, L.; Ekbladt, E. & Hedlund, M. (1999). Psychometric properties of the work environment impact scale: a cross cultural study. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 12(1) 71-77.
 
Olson, L. M. (1998). Construct validity of the work environment impact scale with a psychiatric population. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
 
Olson, L. & Kielhofner, G. (1998). Work readiness: Day treatment for persons with chronic disabilities. Chicago: Model of Human Occupation Clearinghouse, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Occupational Therapy.
 
Moore-Corner, R.A.; Kielhofner, G. & Olson, L. (1998). A user's guide to the work environment impact scale (WEIS). Chicago: Model of Human Occupation Clearinghouse, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Occupational Therapy.
 
Olson, L. (1993). Dual diagnosis: A new frontier. Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Communique.
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