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About Jennifer Hutson MS, OTR/L, ATP

I have been employed as assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Saint Catherine University since 2010.  I teach courses primarily in assistive technology and adult rehabilitation in both day and hybrid formats.  I facilitate problem based learning sessions and advise students on research based Master's projects, covering topics of twenty-four hour postural care, seating and positioning for wheeled mobility as well as nighttime positioning.   Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare has been the site of my clinical practice
since 2002 in the area of assistive technology, primarily seating and positioning.  While employed at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare I have participated in research and
developed staff competency based tutorials. In June of 2014 I began work as a PhD seeking student at University of Minnesota in the program of Rehabilitation Science.
My research is focused on the impact of sleep and sleep positioning for persons with cerebral palsy. I'm specifically examining the effects of night time postural care interventions on factors such as quality of life, sleep, pain and body shape.


Present Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University Occupational Therapy Department


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Honors and Awards

  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. (2009). Certificate of Appreciation for contributions to Assistive Technology Practitioner exam Item Writing Ad Hoc Workgroup.
  • Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. (2005). Program Sponsored Research Award received from Neuromuscular Planning Team for investigation and presentation related to seating and positioning for clients diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


1998 MS, Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago
1990 BA, Psychology, Northern Illinois University

Contact Information

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105



Presentations (7)

Publications (3)