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Denise Chisholm is an occupational therapist with expertise in psychosocial rehabilitation, 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.


Department of Occupational Therapy


Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Post Professional Program in Occupational Therapy

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2000


  • Roster of Fellows, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • SHRS Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • President's Award, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
  • Academic Educator Award, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
  • OTR Award of Recognition, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
  • Provost's Faculty Diversity Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Health Sciences Fellowship, Jewish Healthcare Foundation/Coro Center for Civic Leadership