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About Kitsum Li

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Li was the 6th year Hong Kong-trained graduate into the profession of Occupational Therapy. She furthered her education in the University of New York at Buffalo. In 2005, she earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
Dr. Li immigrated to the United States in 1991 and since then, she has worked in a variety of settings from traditional hospital-based in- and out-patient rehabilitations; skilled nursing facilities; community-based home health care to non-traditional onsite therapy for Lifescan and American Licorice; ergonomic consultations for Bank of America and community-reintegration programs for individuals with acquired brain injury.
Being a strong supporter of the evidence-based practice, she firmly believes that this is an exciting time for all practicing healthcare professionals to excel their clinical practices, through the best evidence available, for the benefit of our clients. Dr. Li has been actively involved in the implementation of the “ integrated fall prevention” program in both the homecare and hospital settings and she is in the steering committee of the San Mateo County Fall Prevention Taskforce. In addition, she also provides multiple post-graduate training courses on Evidence-based Fall Prevention to allied health professionals. She is a certified FallProof instructor and has been providing the FallProof community programs in the San Mateo County for the past 8 years.
Dr. Li also actively supports the initiative from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She was one of the contributors to test items in the Board Examination Review Modules. Through her contributions and leadership in Critically Appraised Papers, she was invited to administer the Evidence Exchange Program in AOTA.
Apart from fall prevention, Dr. Li, is passionate about working with the individuals with cerebral vascular accident and traumatic brain injury. She embraces the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) in her practice. It provides a high definition to the professional identity and enriches her clinical practices working with adults and seniors. She believes the secrets of successful rehabilitation are three-folded: the ability to understand your clients through the telescope of OTPF; the commitment in lifelong learning and continuous expansion of your “bag of tricks”; and the ability to coach your clients through the many layers of contexts and environments.

Positions

2017 Present Associate Professor, Dominican University of California Department of Occupational Therapy
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2016 Present Co-administrator, The American Occupational Therapy Association ‐ Evidence Exchange
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2012 Present Evidence-Based project Critically Appraised papers reviewer and faculty liaison, American Occupational Therapy Association
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2007 Present Steering Committee Member, San Mateo County ‐ Fall Prevention Task Force
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20092017 Assistant Professor, Dominican University of California Department of Occupational Therapy
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20122016 NBCOT exam test preparation, member of Editorial Board, American Occupational Therapy Association ‐ AOTA Press
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20072010 Instructor, California Education Connection ‐ An Evidence-Based Fall Risks Reduction Program
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December 2001September 2005 Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Tender Loving Care
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May 1999October 2003 Occupational Therapist, Argosy Health
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January 1995November 2001 Occupational Therapist, Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Northern California
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1992June 1995 Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice Director, NovaCare ‐ Area 74
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June 1993February 1994 Occupational Therapy Clinical Coordinator, NovaCare
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August 1992May 1993 Director of Occupational Therapy, NovaCare
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19901992 Senior Occupational Therapist, Western Neuro Care Center / Tustin Rehabilitation Hospital
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19891990 Occupational Therapist, Private Practice (Hong Kong)
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2015 - Present Co-Administrator, AOTA Evidence Exchange Project
2017 Invited Reviewer, American Journal of Occupational Therapy
2017 Invited Reviewer, California Foundation of Occupational Therapy Grant Proposal
2017 Invited Reviewer, Journal of Applied Gerontology
2016 Invited Reviewer, BioMed Researcher International
2016 Invited Reviewer, Journal of Applied Gerontology
2016 Invited Reviewer, Journal of Applied Gerontology
2015 Invited Reviewer, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
2012 - 2015 Papers reviewer and Faculty Liaison, AOTA Evidence Exchange Project
2012 - 2014 Editorial Board Member, AOTA Press: NBCOT exam test preparation
2012 - 2014 Board Member, Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area
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Education

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2005 Ph.D., Rocky Mountain University of Health Professional ‐ Occupational Therapy
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1988 B.Sc., State University of New York at Buffalo ‐ Occupational Therapy
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1986 Professional Diploma, Hong Kong Polytechnic University ‐ Occupational Therapy
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Contact Information

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901

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Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (4)

Crtically Appraised Papers (26)