Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago | 1992 | M.S.
University of Wisconsin - Madison | 1984 | B.S.
Downers Grove, IL
Lisa Mahaffey, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA received a baccalaureate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a PhD in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Mahaffey has authored several book chapters, as well as peer reviewed articles, related to occupational therapy and mental health for adults and children and was a contributor to the third edition of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (AOTA, 2014). Dr. Mahaffey’s professional service includes 10 years on the board of directors for the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (ILOTA) where she served first as director of finance and most recently as president. She served the American Occupational Therapy Association as the chair for the mental health special interest section from 2006 to 2009 and as a member of the Commission on Practice from 2011-2014. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for AOTA and continues to lead the ILOTA initiative to develop a program for emerging occupational therapy leaders in Illinois.
Downers Grove, IL
College of Health Sciences - IL
Dr. Mahaffey teaches courses related to Occupation, disability and policy, group therapy and mental health practice. She is also serving as the project director for the Midwestern University Tiered Occupational Therapy training grant funded by the United States Department of Education. Through this grant Dr. Mahaffey has taught nearly 60 Midwestern students and 30 school based practitioners all over the country the additional knowledge they need to successfully serve on school and district wide mental health interdisciplinary intervention teams.
Dr. Mahaffey’s doctoral work utilized a participatory action research approach to explore ways to foster self-determination in community mental health setting. Dr. Mahaffey has also completed research considering the occupational needs of people transitioning from institutions to the community and disability, recovery and occupational identity.
Wasmuth, S., Leonhardt, B., Pritchard, K., Li, C.-Y., DeRolf, A., & Mahaffey, L. (2021). Supporting occupational justice for transgender and gender-nonconforming people through narrative-informed theater: A mixed-methods feasibility study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75, 7504180080. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2021.045161
Sheth, A. J., Kish, J., VanPuymbrouck, L. H., Heffron, J. L., Lee, D., & Mahaffey, L. (2021). “A legitimate place in the profession”: Author reflections on the 2005 disability studies special issue. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75, 7504180005. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2021.045294
Harrison, E. A., Sheth, A. J., Kish, J., VanPuymbrouck, L. H., Heffron, J. L., Lee, D., Mahaffey, L.; The Occupational Therapy and Disability Studies Network. (2021).Guest Editorial—Disability studies and occupational therapy: Renewing the call for change. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75, 7504170010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2021.754002
Mahaffey, L., & Januszewski, C., (2019). Chapter 30: The public policy environment. In Brown, C., Stoffel, V.C., & Munoz, J., (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation 2nd Ed. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.
Mahaffey, L & Dallis, J., (2019). Chapter 42: The continuum of care: Supporting people through crisis to living in the community. In C. Brown, V,C. Stoffel, & J. Munoz, (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation, 2nd ed. 41 Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.
Mahaffey, L., & Januszewski, C., (2019). Assessments Used with the Model of HumaOccupation. In B. Hemphill-Pearson & C. Urish (Eds.). Assessments in Occupational Therapy Mental Health, Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.
Mahaffey, L., (2019). Occupational profile and interviewing in occupational therapy. In B.Hemphill-Pearson, & C. Urish, (Eds.). Assessments in Occupational Therapy Mental Health, Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.
Lee, D. & Mahaffey, L., (2019) Community living and integration. Disability in American LifeAn Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO, Inc.
Mahaffey, L., (2019). Mental Health self-help and support group. Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO, Inc.
Sood, D., Fisher, G., Mahaffey L., Wong, S.R., Baum, C.,& Cada, E. (2018). Chapter 11: Occupation-focused models. In S.A. Dsouza, R. Galvaan & E. Ramugondo (Eds). Concepts in occupational therapy: Understanding southern perspectives. Manipal, India: Manipal University Press.
Mahaffey, L., Burson, K., Januszewski, C., Pitts, D., & Preissner, K., (2015). Role for occupational therapy in community mental health: Using policy to advance scholarship of practice. Occupational Therapy in Healthcare, 29, 397 – 410.
Mahaffey, L., (2015). Abigail. In S. Cahill & P. Bowyer (Eds.). Cases in pediatric occupational therapy: Assessment and intervention. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc.
Mahaffey, L., (2014). Occupational identity and recovery for people with psychiatric disabilities. Mental Health Special Interest Section Quarterly, 37, 1-3.
AOTA Commission on Practice, (2014). The occupational therapy practice framework, third edition. Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.
Illinois Occupational Therapy Association
American Occupational Therapy Association
World Federation of Occupational Therapy
Project Title: Tiered Occupational Therapy (TOT): Preparing Scholars to Work in School Mental Health.
Role: Project Director
Amount: 1.2 Million
Funding Source: The United States Department of Education.
Funding Period: 12/1/2015 – 11/30/2020
2019 Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Board Award of Merit
2019 Keynote Address: AOTA Mental Health and Opioid Specialty Conference -
Occupational Therapy in CommunityMental Health:"What's Stopping Us?"
2013 American Occupational Therapy Roster of Fellows
2009 Beatrice Wade Award for excellence in fieldwork education, University of Illinois Department of Occupational Therapy
2009 Occupational Therapist of the Year awarded by the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association
2008 Keynote Address: ILOTA 2008 State Conference – Supporting Occupations and Creating Opportunities through Advocacy