Mark Kovic, O.T.D., OTR/L

Associate Program Director
Downers Grove, IL

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Dr. Kovic received his Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate from the University of Illinois @ Chicago in 2008. He is currently the Associate Director and a Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program.

He has been awarded Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. He is a recipient of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Thelma Cardwell Research Award. He is on the Fulbright Specialist Roster Program. 

He has held a variety of leadership positions including the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group Chairperson, Therapy Missions Vice-President, and the American Heart Association Post-Stroke Writing Group.

Associate Program Director

Downers Grove, IL

College of Health Sciences - IL

Occupational Therapy

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University of Illinois @ Chicago | 2008 | O.T.D.
University of Illinois @ Chicago | 2006 | M.S.
Michigan State University | 1992 | B.S.

Courses Taught

OTHED 1505 Neuroscience for Occupation

OTHED 1614 Data-Based Decision Making

OTHED 1655 Occupational Therapy Leadership



(2021) To Dutka, J., Kovic, M., Mauk, K., Oliver, R.E. Global Certification: A Transformative Approach to Building the World’s Rehabilitation Health Workforce. Journal of Rehabilitation Therapy. 2021; 3 (1):21-30. DOI: 10.29245/2767-5122/2021/1.1126

(2021) Kovic, M., Omura, K. M., de Mesquita Chagas, J. N., de Souza, A.A., Larsen, A. E., & Cavaleiro Corrêa, V. A., An exploration of how people living in Belem, a city in the Amazon region of Brazil, perceive their occupational lives: considerations to identify potential implications for occupational therapy services, World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, DOI: 10.1080/14473828.2021.1949897

(2021) To Dutka, J., Oliver, R.E., Akinci, F., Beissner, K. Bharadwaj, S.V. Brandt, L.C., Curtis, C., Gunter, C.D., Henzi, D.L., Kovic, M., Winistorfer, W.L., Wong, M.S., Zipp, G.P. Global rehabilitation health worker certification: global agenda, local imperative. Journal of Allied Health. Spring 2021; 50(1):3–8.

(2020) Kovic M. & Algado S.S. Hope. Revista Interinstitucional Brasileira de Terapia Ocupacional. Rio de Janeiro. v.4(2): 131-136.

(2018) Kovic M. Metamorphosis. Revista Interinstitucional Brasileira de Terapia Ocupacional Rio de Janeiro. v.2(4): 127-148.

(2018) Scott, S., Burns, S., Schwartz, J., Kovic, M. Information/Education Page: Returning to Work After Mild Stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

(2018) Burns, S., Schwartz, J., Scott, S., Devos, H., Kovic, M., Hong, I. Akinwuntan, A. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Facilitate Return-to-Driving and Return-to-Work in Mild Stroke: A Position Paper, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. S0003-9993(18)30152-7. http://doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.01.032

(2017) Kovic, M. & Schultz-Krohn, W. Performance Skills: Definitions and Evaluation in the Context of the Occupational Therapy Framework. In H.M. Pendleton & W. Schultz-Krohn (Eds.), Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction, Eighth Edition. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

(2016) Kovic, M. Conscientização. Cadernos de Terapia Ocupacional da UFSCar, São Carlos, v. 24, n. 4, p. 659-661.

(2015) Kovic, M. Ivan: Status Post Burns and Left Lower Extremity Amputation/Village in Ecuador. In S.M. Cahill & P. Bowyer (Eds.), Cases in Pediatric Occupational Therapy-Assessment and Intervention (pp.163-166). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.


World Federation of Occupational Therapy

American Occupational Therapy Association

Illinois Occupational Therapy Association

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine


World Federation of Occupational Therapy Thelma Cardwell Research Award

"Impact of a contextual approach upon the performance capacity got the occupational and social engagement of persons with differing abilities in Northeastern Brasil"


Cincinnati State Technical & Community College Distinguished Alumni Award

ILOTA Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant of the Year Award

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CGFNS, International Global Healthcare Worker Certificate Program Team Leadperson