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Natalie Leland is an expert in stakeholder engagement, secondary data analysis, implementation science, and evaluating the impact of health services in post-acute and long-term care settings. Spanning her interests in occupational therapy, aging, and health services research; Leland is actively engaged with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Gerontological Society of America and AcademyHealth.


Department of Occupational Therapy


Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
Post Professional Program in Occupational Therapy


  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, 2018
  • Mid-Career Research Award, American Occupational Therapy Foundation, 2018
  • Lindy Boggs Award, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2017
  • Roster of Fellows, American Occupational Therapy Association, 2012

Research Interests

  • Understanding and Improving Care Quality for Older Adults
  • Examining Access, Outcomes, and Quality of Care for Vulnerable Older Adults

Research Grants

  • Optimizing Care for Patients with Dementia: A Comparison of Two Non-Pharmacological Treatment Strategies
  • Characterizing Contemporary Practice to Inform Quality Measure Development
  • HearCARE: Hearing for Communication and Resident Engagement