Brenda Frie

Assistant Professor


Brenda joined the OSOT department at St. Catherine University in 2007 after twenty four years of clinical practice as an occupational therapist. She is responsible for teaching research, clinical kinesiology, biomechanical concepts, and masters project courses. She served on the University Faculty Council in 2012–2014 and participated in the 2012, 2013, 2014 Interprofessional Clinical Scholar Programs. Brenda is currently involved in research with the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota to determine the efficacy of a community based fatigue, physical activity, stress and pain self-management programing. Her clinical background includes experience with adult rehabilitation, hand therapy, work hardening, clinic administration and supervision.

Master of Arts, Post Professional Occupational Therapy
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2010

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1983

Association of Rheumatology Health Professional. (2014). Awarded the Health Professional Online Education Grant on October 2014.

St. Catherine University. (2013). Interprofessional Clinical Scholars: 2013 Outstanding Faculty Recognition

MOTA Award of Appreciation. (2011). Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Award of Appreciation 2011.

UTI prevention in patients with a neurogenic bladder (2014).

Health Professional Online Education Grant (2014).

Aroma therapy as adjunct treatment for acute pain in emergency department patients. (2012).

Aroma therapy as an adjunct treatment for acute pain in hospitalized patients. (2012).

Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (2011).

Casual Therapist, Fairview Hand Center, 2007–Present

Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University, 2007–Present

Occupational Therapist, Fairview Hand Center, 1996–2007

Adjunct Faculty, St. Catherine University, 1994–2007

Occupational Therapist, University Of Minnesota Hospital, 1994–1997

Occupational Therapist, Park Nicollet Medical Center, 1991–1993

Occupational Therapy Manager, Midsota Hand Center, 1987–1991

Occupational Therapist, St. Cloud Hospital, 1983–1987

Frie, B. & Matuska, K. (2012). "The Everyday Living Challenges of Adults with Lupus." Arthritis & Rheumatism. (64, October, 10118-10119)

Dawa, T., Randolph, M., Moyers, P., Finch-Guthrie, P., Frie, B. & Filer, D. (2015). "Preventing Urinary Tract Infection on a Rehabilitation Unit: Current Practice Trends." 2015 Interprofessional Education Summit

Frie, B. (2015). "Fatigue: Fact or Fiction." Lupus Foundation of Minnesota

Frie, B. (2013). "Fatigue Management: Empowering Adults With Lupus - A Pilot Study." 2013 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo

Frie, B. (2012). "The Gift: Community Based Services." 2012 Lupus Advancements in: Management, Treatment and Research

Frie, B. (2012). "The Everyday Challenge of Living with Lupus." American College of Rheumatology

Frie, B. (2012). "Fatigue Management: A Pilot Study Empowering Adults Living with Lupus." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association