Chi-Kwan Shea

Professor PhD, OTR/L

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

OT 701 Integrative Seminar for Occupational Therapy Practices One
OT 703 Integrative Seminar for Occupational Therapy Practices Three
OT 723 Capstone Exploration
OT 735 Capstone Development
OT 736 Advanced Clinical Practice - Adult
OT 750 Capstone Planning and Development
OT 754 Capstone Implementation
OT 755 Capstone Final Report

About Me

An occupational therapist for 40 years, I have also been an academician for over 22 years, a job I absolute love. My previous professional experiences included clinical practices serving clients who have various disabilities and life challenges across life span. I also served in management and leadership capacity at healthcare facilities and education institutes for 15 years. I am always passionate about discovering, developing, and expanding human capacity; therefore, being an occupational therapist and a teacher sufficiently challenges me on a daily basis. 


Joint Doctoral Education from University of California Berkeley and San Francisco State University, 2005
Master of Science from California State University, Los Angeles, 1988
Bachelor of Science from University of Texas Medical Branch, 1979

Teaching Interests

Innovative student-centered teaching and learning strategies to support students becoming compassionate and competent occupational therapists.

Scholarly Interests

Research in community-based occupational therapy services to the youth population who have been labeled as at-risk due to psychosocial challenges
Research teaching and learning strategies specific to occupational therapy education


Shea, C.-K. (2015). High-Fidelity Simulation: A Tool for Occupational Therapy Education. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(4). doi:
Shea, C.-K., & Giles, G. M. (2012). Occupational Therapists’ and Teachers’ Differing Beliefs About How They Can Assist Continuation High School Students’ Transition to Postsecondary Education. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 28(1), 88-105 118p. doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2012.651368
Shea, C.-K., & Giles, G. M. (2016). Goals and Expectation of Continuation High School Students Transitioning to Postsecondary Education. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 4(4). 
Shea, C.-K., & Jackson, N. (2015). Client perception of a client-centered and occupation-based intervention for at-risk youth. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 22(3), 173-180 178p. doi: 10.3109/11038128.2014.958873
Shea, C.-K., & Jackson, N. (in press). Serving at-risk youth in context: Perspectives from Hong Kong. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. 
Shea, C.-K., & Siu, A. M. H. (2016). Engagement in Play Activities as a Means for Youth in Detention to Acquire Life Skills. Occupational Therapy International, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1002/oti.1432
Shea, C.-K., & Wu, R. (2012). Examining the Sensory Profiles of At-Risk Youth Participating in a Pre-employment Program. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1(1). doi:
Shea, C.-K., & Wu, R. (2013). Finding the Key: Sensory Profiles of Youths Involved in the Justice System OT Practice, 18(18), 9-13. doi:
Wu, R., & Shea, C. (2009). Using simulations to prepare OT students for ICU practice. Education Special Interest Section Quarterly, 19(4), 1-4 4p. 

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Occupational Therapy Association
National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapy

Community Service

Volunteer and Advisory Board member of Occupational Therapy Training Program, San Francisco (OTTP-SF) since 2000, providing clinical consultation and research supports.
Volunteer for Ocean View elementary school in Albany, CA since 2016, supporting first graders developing writing skills
SMU Rank and Promotion Committee
SMU IRB Committee