Jennifer Hutson

Assistant Professor


I have been employed as an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Saint Catherine University since 2010. I teach courses in adult rehabilitation and management and leadership, facilitate problem based learning sessions and advise students on Master's projects on the topics of twenty-four hour postural care, seating positioning and wheeled mobility as well as cognitive behavioral management of Tourette's Syndrome.

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare has been the site of my clinical practice since 2002 in the area of assistive technology, primarily seating and positioning. In June 2014, I began work as a PhD seeking student at University of Minnesota in the program of Rehabilitation Science. My research focuses on the impact of sleep and sleep positioning for persons with cerebral palsy. I'm specifically examining the effects of the intervention of night time postural care on factors such as sleep, pain and body shape.

Master of Science, Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, 1998

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois, Cum Laude, 1990

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. (2009). Certificate of Appreciation for contributions to Assistive Technology Practitioner exam Item Writing Ad Hoc Workgroup.

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. (2005). Program Sponsored Research Award received from Neuromuscular Planning Team for investigation and presentation related to seating and positioning for clients diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

ACDC Curriculum Development Grant (2011).

Assistant Professor, Co-Director Program for Tic Disorders, St. Catherine University, 2010–Present

Seating and Adaptive Equipment Practitioner III, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, 2002–Present

Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota, 2008–2014

Senior Occupational Therapist, Evanston Northwestern Hospital, 1999–2002

Mental Health Worker, Group Therapist, MacNeal Hospital, 1991–1996

Book Chapter

Kielhoffner, G., Tham, K., Baz, T., & Hutson, J. (2002). Performance Capacity and the Lived Body. In Model of Human Occupation. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Magazine or Trade Publication

Jang, S.H. & Hutson, J.A. (2014). Techniques for treating idiopathic scoliosis. O&P Edge.

Jang, S.H. & Hutson, J.A. (2013). Current Key Biomechanical Principles in the Treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis. Academy Today 9(3), A9-12.

Hutson, J., (2016). "Nighttime Postural Management: Hands on Application of Positioning and Measurement". Saint Catherine University

Hutson, J., Beuch, K., Brough, C., Hanson, K., Johnson, A., Noah, K., Sanquist, A., Sohre, J., & Williamson, N. (2015). "Twenty-four Hour Postural Care: Positioning for Daytime and Nighttime." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Conference

Hutson, J. (2015). "Seating and Positioning: Biomechanical Considerations & Mat Assessment." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association, SIG

Hutson, J. (2013). "Seating and Positioning Evaluation, Aspects of the Mat Assessment and Understanding Postural Deficits." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association, Webinar

Hutson, J., Grabau, A. & Fairweather, A. (2012). "The Role of Occupational Therapy in Managing Tic Disorders." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association Conference

Jang, S. & Hutson, J. (2012). "Biomechanical Principles in Treating Idiopathic Scoliosis." 9th International Conference on Conservative Management of Spinal Deformities