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Denise Chisholm, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapist with expertise in psychosocial rehabilitation of pediatric to adult populations, community-based services, and management of contracted services.

She is co-author of Version 4.1 of the Performance Assessment of Self-care Skills (PASS) and her scholarly publications focus on the occupational therapy process, occupation-based practice, practical aspects of the evaluation process, evaluating capacity for independent living, and integrating occupation in fieldwork and management. 

Chisholm is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); received the OTR Award of Recognition, the Academic Educator Award, and the President’s Award – all of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA); and was selected for the University of Pittsburgh’s Provost’s Faculty Diversity Fellowship and received the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Additionally, she currently serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of AOTA.


Department of Occupational Therapy


Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Master of Occupational Therapy
Post Professional Program in Occupational Therapy