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About Stephanie de Sam Lazaro, OTD, MA, OTR/L

Stephanie de Sam Lazaro is Director of the Graduate Occupational Therapy (Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy and Doctor of Occupational Therapy) Programs. She primarily teaches courses on occupational therapy's role and process with children, adolescents, and their families. In addition, she teaches courses in human occupation, doctoral orientation, master's projects, and capstone projects. Her scholarship focus is on equitable practices for children, adolescents, and their families with a particular focus on primary care settings and the relationship of oral health to participation in daily activities. An additional scholarship focus is on best practices in intra- and interprofessional teaching and learning strategies. This second scholarship focus areas aligns with her role as IPE Director for the Institute of Simulation and Interprofessional Learning (I-SAIL).


2022 - Present IPE Director for the Institute of Simulation and Interprofessional Learning, St. Catherine University I-SAIL
Present Director Graduate Occupational Therapy Programs, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, St. Catherine University Occupational Therapy Department

Curriculum Vitae



2022 - Present Family-Centered Oral Health Education: An Interprofessional Approach to Addressing Oral Health Equity Issues
Delta Dental Foundation of Minnesota
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Megan Baumler, Co-PI; Ready Set Smile
2021 - 2022 Interprofessional Teaming to Address Child and Family Oral Health Inequities
Internal St. Kate's funded through the GHR Foundation
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Julie Mumm, Co-PI; Ready Set Smile
2019 - 2020 Using an Interdisciplinary Health Care Team Approach to Support Oral Health Outcomes
Delta Dental of Minnesota
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Ready, Set, Smile
2017 - 2018 Improving Professional and Child Outcomes Through use of Integrated Pediatric Primary Care Teams
St. Catherine University GHR Innovative Scholarship Grant
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Bonnie Riley
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2022 - Present Advisory Board Member, MN Maternal and Child Health Advisory Board to the MN Commissioner of Health
2021 - Present Grad Representative Faculty Senate, St. Catherine University
2020 - Present HSSH Simulation Task Force, Chair HS Subgroup, Member Sim Operations Subgroup
2019 - Present Leadership Team Member, Pre-Service Subcomponent Facilitator, Minnesota Intensive Technical Assistance CSPD through Early Childhood Personnel Center
2015 - Present Co-Chair MOTA Pediatric Special Interest Group, Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
2005 - Present Member, Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
2004 - Present Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
2019 - 2021 HSSH Representative to Faculty Senate, St. Catherine University
2016 - 2019 Community Partner, Federal OSEP Programs Grant, Preparing Special Educators to Service & Succeed in Diverse Communities
2015 - 2019 HSSH SCC Member and Co-chair, St. Catherine University
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Honors and Awards

  • Summer Scholars Recipient, St. Catherine University, Summer 2021
  • Minnesota Occupational Therapist of the Month, March 2021
  • Semester Sabbatical Awarded by St. Catherine University on Exploring the Occupational Therapy Role in Addressing Oral Health, Spring Term 2021
  • American Occupational Therapy Association Credential Leader in Academia, March 2019
  • Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Award for Leadership in Promoting Evidence-Based Practice in Pediatrics, Fall 2017
  • St. Catherine University Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award, May 2022


  • OCTH 8300 Doctoral Capstone Footprint
  • OCTH 8250 Doctoral Capstone Project
  • OCTH 8080 Doctoral Capstone Project Proposal
  • OCTH 7200 Critical Issues
  • OCTH 6310 Evidence-Based Practice
  • OCTH 7900 Doctoral Orientation Camp
  • OCTH 7500 Master's Project
  • OCTH 7000 Master's Project Seminar
  • OCTH 5450 Children, Adolescents, and Families: The OT Process
  • OCTH 5410 Children, Adolescents, and Families
  • OCTH 5010 Human Occupation


2014 OTD, St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, Minnesota ‐ Occupational Therapy Doctorate
2006 MA, College of St. Catherine, Saint Paul, Minnesota ‐ Master of Arts, Occupational Therapy
2005 BS, College of St. Catherine, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Summa Cum Laude ‐ Bachelor of Science, Occupational Science

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