Danbi Lee, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Title: Assistant Professor
Division: Occupational Therapy

Danbi Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and core faculty in the Disability Studies Program. Her research focuses on supporting community living and participation of people with disabilities through socio-ecological and self-management interventions. Her work in disability studies advocates for greater integration of disability studies perspectives into rehabilitation research and education. She has a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Yonsei University in South Korea and a doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) and PhD in Disability Studies from University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Education and Training

  • Yonsei University Bachelor in Occupational Therapy, 2005 
  • University of Illinois at Chicago Doctor of Occupational Therapy, 2009 
  • University of Illinois at Chicago PhD in Disability Studies, 2016 
  • Northwestern University Post-doctoral fellowship, 2017

Board Certifications

  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist Registered

Teaching Interests

Her teaching responsibilities include foundational courses of the Master of Occupational Therapy program, including Domain and Process I, Introduction to Research in Rehabilitation, and Application of Measurement Systems. In her teaching, she focuses on making course content and activities relevant and applicable with opportunities for crticial reflections. She also strives to create an engaging and supportive learning environment for different learning needs.

Research Interests

Her research focuses on supporting self-management skills and behaviors that help enable adults with stroke to manage a healthy and active life in the community. Another line of research includes research addressing disability-related diversity, inclusion, and equity issues within healthcare and health workforce education.


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