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About Alyssa Farrell MS, OTR/L

Alyssa Farrell works at St. Catherine University as an Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.

Alyssa has been a practicing OT since 2009. She graduated with a Master's of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009 from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.

For the first 7 years of her career, she worked in various acute care hospital settings focusing her research on early mobilization in the ICU. She transitioned into an outpatient pediatric clinic in December 2015 until December 2019 before accepting a full time Assistant Professor position at St. Catherine University in December 2019.

Prior to her full time position with St. Catherine, she was an adjunct professor for the OTA Online program from December 2015-December 2019. During that time, her passion for education and student interaction grew! She is now the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for both the MN and VA cohorts in the OTA Online Program. She enjoys supporting students as they transition from didactic course work into the clinical setting. She also enjoys establishing relationships and partnerships with various health systems and therapy clinics across the nation!

Alyssa's most recent research is focused on emotional intelligence and its impact on success during Level II FW. She serves on various committees at the university and also has a strong interest in incorporating simulation experiences into healthcare education. It is also Alyssa's desire to eventually focus research on student engagement via social organizations such as SOTAA as well as develop a further understanding of accommodation needs of students in educational, clinical and professional settings.

Alyssa resides in Montrose, MN and has 3 beautiful children- Kayden, Grayson, and Halyen. With her husband Adam, they enjoy taking their family camping and enjoy spending time in nature. She personally enjoy running, camping, cooking, and continually learning.


Present Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University Occupational Therapy

Curriculum Vitae



2021 - 2021 Student Emotional Intelligence and Fieldwork Success: Current Evidence, Practical Implications, and Student Trends in Occupational Therapy Education
Henrietta Schmoll School of Health received an $18 million Academic Excellence Grant (AEG) from the GHR Foundation in 2016
GHR Foundation Faculty/Staff Conference Awards
Role: Poster Presenter
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present Fundraising Chair, Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
2020 - Present Promotions Committee: Social Media, Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
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  • OTA 1290 Level I Fieldwork
  • OTA 1280 Level I Fieldwork
  • OTA 2365 Level II Fieldwork
  • OTA 2355 Level II Fieldwork


August 2007 - December 2009 Master of Science Occupational Therapy, Grand Valley State University
August 2003 - May 2007 Psychology, Concordia College - Moorhead

Contact Information

Cell: 651-356-2932
Fax: 651-846-6245