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About Jennifer Hutson PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Jennifer Hutson is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at St. Catherine University.  She teaches courses primarily in assistive technology and adult rehabilitation in both day and hybrid formats.  She facilitates problem based learning sessions and advises students on evidence or research based Doctoral Capstone projects and Master's projects, covering a range of topics some of which include twenty-four hour postural care, seating and positioning for wheeled mobility, sleep and nighttime positioning.   From 2002-2021, Jennifer's clinical practice has been at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in the area of assistive technology, primarily seating and positioning.  While employed at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare she participated in research and developed staff competency-based tutorials. In February 2020, she was awarded a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Minnesota, after completing research focused on sleep and sleep positioning for persons with cerebral palsy. She specifically examined 1) assessments used to measure sleep-based intervention changes and 2) caregiver's perceived and observed competence to implement nighttime postural care after receiving online training. Next, she plans to investigate the health effects of nighttime postural care, examining factors such as quality of life, sleep, pain and body shape and experiences of sleep contexts for children with mobility impairments.


Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Occupational Therapy Department

Curriculum Vitae



2017 Nighttime postural care: Caregiver training and outcome measure feasibility
Academic Professional Development Committee (APDC), St. Catherine University
2011 Curriculum Development Grant
Academic Community Development Committee, St. Catherine University
2005 Program Sponsored Research Award
Neuromuscular Planning Team, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2022 Member, 24-PCM Position Paper Workgroup,, RESNA
2019 - 2021 Member, International Special Interest Group - 24 Hour PCM (Posture Care Management), RESNA
2017 - 2021 Member, World Federation of Occupational Therapy
1999 - 2021 Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
2019 - 2020 Member, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
2001 - 2020 Member, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America
2015 - 2015 Member, Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
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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.


2020 PhD, University of Minnesota ‐ Rehabilitation Science
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



Publications (9)

Dissertation (1)

Presentations (17)