Cathy Lysack

Faculty Profile


Office Location

EACPHS, Room 2202




 Occupational Therapy

Degrees and Certifications

  • 1997 PhD (Community Health Sciences) University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1992 MSc (Rehabilitation Therapy) Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
  • 1988 BMR (Occupational Therapy) University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1984 BA (Philosophy) University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Positions and Employment

 March 2018-July 2021 Interim Dean, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Awards and Honors

  • 2007 Academy of Research, American Occupational Therapy Foundation/American Occupational Therapy Association
  • 2007 Career Development Chair Award, Wayne State University
  • 2004 AOTA Service Award, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • 2000 College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions Teaching Excellence Award, Wayne State University
  • 1999 Appreciation Award, Detroit Occupational Therapy Association

Recent Publications

For more information on Dr. Lysack's current research and publications, please visit her website at the Institute of Gerontology.

Research website

Research Description

My research focuses on understanding the social and cultural forces that influence health and well-being in aging adults and people with disabilities. I have particular expertise in spinal cord injury and the process of adaptation and achieving community participation and integration into community life after injury. I also study late-life developmental disruptions in older adults related to mobility loss, depression and frailty. My overall goal is to improve clinical rehabilitation practices and to identify the strategies individuals use to achieve meaningful lives in the community despite significant health problems and functional loss.

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