Catherine Sullivan

Associate Professor


Ph.D., Developmental Psychology
University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1997

Master of Arts, Occupational Therapy
Tufts University, Boston School of Occupational Therapy, Medford, Massachusetts, 1985

Bachelor of Arts, Occupational Therapy
School of Social and Teaching Studies, School of Occupational Therapy, Lausanne, Other, 1980

DHS Live Well at Home Grant (2014).

Tenured Associate Professor, St. Catherine University, 2007–Present

Tenured Assistant Professor, College of St. Catherine, 2001–2007

Assistant Professor, College of St. Catherine, 1995–2000

Independent Study Instructor, University of Minnesota, 1986–1997

Instructor (adjunct), University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development, 1988

Occupational Therapist, Chelsea Jewish Nursing home, 1983–1985

Occupational Therapist, Braintree Manor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, 1983–1985

Occupational Therapist, EISEC, Boston University program for Developmentally Delayed children, 1981–1982

Magazine or Trade Publication

Gupta, J. & Sullivan, C. (2008). "Enabling immigrants to overcome participation challenges." AOTA

Sullivan, C. (2013). Mature drivers: Increasing safety behind the wheel. St. Paul, MN, Minnesota Physician Publishing

Journal Article

Gupta, J. & Sullivan, C. (2013). "The central role of occupation in the doing, being and belonging of immigrant women." Journal of Occupational Science. (1, 23-35)

Sullivan, C. (2015). "Benefits of art making for quality of life in aging: Current evidence and future directions." ArtSage Midwest Arts and Aging Conference, Chanhassen, MN

Sullivan, C., Suski, B., Oaks, M. & Krech, A. (2015). "Rebuilding Together Twin Cities and St. Catherine University, DHS CS/SD grant for home safety modification and outcome evaluation." Minnesota Age and Disability Odyssey Conference, Duluth, MN

Sullivan, C. (2015). "Teaching home safety modification for older adults through service learning: A partnership with Rebuilding Together." Association of Gerontology in Higher Education [AGHE] conference, Nashville, TN

Sullivan, C., Holmes, C., Wengler, T., Dutton, L., Genné, M. & Haertl, K. (2014). "The importance of a creative dance and story-telling program to the quality of life of older adults living in congregate senior housing." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Bloomington, MN

Fatehi, L., Sullivan, C., Morris, N. & Willshire, J. (2014). "Ethics, equity and access implications of autonomous vehicles." Autonomous Vehicles: The Legal and Policy Road Ahead Conference, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, MN

Sullivan, C. (2014). "Engaging in liberal arts for brain health." Careers in Aging Week, St. Catherine University

Sullivan, C. (2013). "Research-practice collaborations: Examples and possibilities." Webinar presented for the Minnesota Gerontological Society and the University of Minnesota Center on Aging

Sullivan, C., Suski, B. & Stafford-Gay, H. (2013). "A service-learning partnership modifying homes for safety." MN Age and Disability Odyssey of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Duluth Convention center, Duluth, MN.

Sullivan, C., Dutton, L. & Gene, M. (2012). "Meaning and impact of creative dance and story-telling in long term care: An interdisciplinary perspective." American Public Health Association Conference [APHA], San Francisco, California

Gupta, J., Nayar, G., Sullivan, C., Haertl, K. & Suto, M. (2012). "Diverse research methodologies for understanding occupational experiences across different sociocultural groups: Rewards, challenges and confluence." Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO), Portland Oregon

Sullivan, C., Kamp, L. & Millfelt, S. (2012). "Arts and quality of life in aging: Collaborative models of Outcome Evaluation." Minnesota Gerontological Society Conference, Brooklyn Center, MN.

Sullivan, C. (2011). "Invited Panelist presentation: Driving and transportation solutions for aging and active living." Active Living Hennepin Communities Partnership Group Meeting

Dutton, L., Gene, M., Sullivan, C., Haertl, K., Rydholm, S. & Shafer, K. (2011). "Poster: The meaning and impact of dance and storytelling in long term care: An Interdisciplinary perspective." Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Sullivan, C. (2011). "Invited Moderator: Old People Driving." Eldercare Rights Alliance Film Festival, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Gupta, J. & Sullivan, C. (2011). "Enhancing participation and health in new immigrants: Translating occupational science into occupational therapy practice." Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO - USA) Annual Research Conference

Sullivan, C., Haertl, K., Gene, M., Rydholm, S. & Shafer, K. (2011). "The meaning of creative dance and storytelling in long term care: An interdisciplinary perspective." Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO), Park City, Utah.

Sullivan, C. (2011). "Keynote Presentation: Cultivating our grey matters: Lessons from brain science on keeping our mind sharp." Annual Wellness Conference, St Paul, MN

Sullivan, C. (2011). ""Love of Car”: Conversation on driving and community mobility." St. Anthony Park Block Nurse’s Be Well as You Age series. St. Paul, MN.

Sullivan, C. & Gupta, J. (2010). "Using everyday occupations to bridge the cultural divide: The experience of immigrant women." American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado

Sullivan, C. & Simonson, D. (2010). "Workshop: Transportation as we age - A community collaboration with public television." National Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) Conference, St. Louis, Missouri

Sullivan, C. (2010). "“Love of Car, Transportation as We Age”: Using the DVD for older driver safety education." Minnesota Safety and Health Conference, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sullivan, C. (2010). "OT at the system’s level: Production and use of a television documentary on senior driving and community mobility." 15th World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Congress, Santiago, Chile.

Sullivan, C. & Gupta, J. (2010). "Using occupations to bridge the cultural divide: The experiences of immigrant women." Prime poster presented at the 15th World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Congress, Santiago, Chile

Gupta, J. & Sullivan, C. (2010). "The Living well program: An occupation-based wellness program to address health disparities in low-income African-American adults." American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida

Sullivan, C. (2010). "Translating mixed method research into a TV documentary educating mature drivers." Center for Transportation Studies (CTS), Humphrey Institute for Public Policy, Annual Research Conference. St. Paul Convention Center, St. Paul, MN