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Portrait of Dana Washburn

Dana Washburn, MS, OTR/L

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Programs in Occupational Therapy Science, Technology & Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology


MS Occupational Therapy Rush University 1998
BS Communications studies and in economics Northwestern University 1990

Speaker Topics

  • Shoulder treatment
  • OT inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation

Interests & Expertise

Dana Washburn has 16 years of experience as an occupational therapist, three years as an occupational therapy educator and now as clinical assistant professor for the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences & Technology.

Her focus is adult rehabilitation, having worked in a variety of practice settings, including acute care, sub-acute rehabilitation, home health and outpatient therapy. She has significant clinical expertise in the area of shoulder rehabilitation.

In addition, Washburn completed her master's thesis in the area of patient compliance with occupational therapy treatment programs. She has a strong interest in occupational therapy fieldwork, as well. Lastly, she remains active in the field working part time at a local skilled nursing facility.

Professional Memberships

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association (WOTA)

Honors & Awards

James C. Fisher Adult Education Scholarship (2021, August) UW-Milwaukee School of Education.
UWM Individual Professional Development Award (2021, June) UW-Milwaukee.
Byoung Kim Excellence in Teaching Award (2020) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Chancellor's Graduate Student Award (2020, June) UW-Milwaukee.

Courses Taught

  • OT in Physical Rehabilitation I and II
  • Overview of Medical Conditions
  • Physical Agents in Rehabilitation
  • Enhancing Health II (lab)