Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Degrees and Certifications
- Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
- Master of Occupational Therapy, Wayne State University
- Bachelor of Health Science, Wayne State University
- State of MI OT License: 03/2011 – Present
Positions and Employment
- Wayne State University, Assistant Professor (Clinical), 10/2018 – Present
- Lenoir Rhyne University, Assistant Professor, 08/2017 – 10/2018
- Ithaca College, Assistant Professor, 08/2015 – 08/2017
- American International College, Instructor & Fieldwork Coordinator, 08/2014 – 08/2015
Awards and Honors
- Wayne State University Online Course Quality Faculty Fellows program, 2023
- WSU Applebaum Health Sciences Division Clinical Award, 3/2023
- WSU Applebaum Faculty Research Award Program funding, 6/2023
- Phi Kappa Phi, 01/2018 – Present
- Schlomer Endowed Scholarship, 4/2011
- President of WSU Occupation Therapy Class, 9/2009 – 12/2011
- American Occupational Therapy Association
- Michigan Occupational Therapy Association
- International Society of Anthrozoology (ISAZ)
- Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII)
- Pi Theta Epsilon, Eta Chapter
- Pi Kappa Phi
Primary Research Interest
- STELLA lab (STudent Education: Learning aLongside Animals): Drop-in therapy dog clinic open to students at posted days and times in room 1336 of the Applebaum Building
- Dissertation: Effects of Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) on College Graduate Students: An Occupational Therapy Perspective
- Kivlen, C. (2021, September 22). Therapy dogs help students cope with the stress of college life. The Conversation.
- Kivlen, C., Chargo, A., & DiZazzo-Miller, R. (2023). Animal-assisted intervention on college campuses: Graduate student perspectives regarding the need, benefits, and availability of programming. American Journal of Health Education, 54(5) doi:10.1080/19325037.2023.2232836
- Stewart, B., Saad., Schiller., Abbasi, H., Nigma, E., Kivlen, C.* (2023). A qualitative analysis of community participants’ experiences with a virtual interprofessional team visit (vIPTV) with healthcare students. Journal of Patient Experience. doi:10.1177/23743735231179
- White R, Walczybock A, Mendez, J, Reed, A., Maloney, S., Malik, M., & Kivlen, C.* (2023). Retrospective study of healthcare resources developed for patients by interprofessional teams. Cureus 15(1): e33840. doi:10.7759/cureus.33840
- Kivlen, C., Winston, K., Mills, D., DiZazzo-Miller, R., Davenport, R., & Binfet, J.-T. (2022). Canine-assisted intervention effects on the well-being of health science graduate students: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(6), doi:10.5014/ajot.2022.049508
- Howell, T. J., Nieforth, L., Thomas-Pino, C., Samet, L., Agbonika, S., Cuevas-Pavincich, F., Fry, N. E., et al. (2022). Defining terms used for animals working in support roles for people with support needs. Animals, 12(15), 1975. MDPI AG. Retrieved from doi:10.3390/ani12151975
- Kivlen, C., Quevillon, A., & Pasquarelli, D. (2022). Should dogs have a aeat in the classroom? The effects of canine assisted education on college student Mental health. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 10(1), 1-14. doi:10.15453/2168-6408.1816
- Kivlen, C. & Heffron, J. (2023). Tier 2 Elementary School Case #5: Amena. In occupational therapy groups for addressing mental health challenges in school-aged populations. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc.
- Kivlen, C. & Heffron, J. (2023). Group #9: Spreading our wings: Caterpillars to CAN-DO-pillars. In occupational therapy groups for addressing mental health challenges in school-aged populations. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc.
- Winkle, M. & Kivlen, C. (2020). Canine online training. In Alternatives to traditional animal assisted interventions: Expanding our Toolkit: E-Book ISBN: 978100522943
- Johnson, C., Maher, S., & DiZazzo-Miller, R. (2016). Sensation, range of motion, strength, and coordination. In R. DiZazzo-Miller & F. D. Pociask (Eds.), Preparing for the occupational therapy national board exam, (pp. 51-64). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers
- Kivlen, C. (2022). College students’ perceptions of the impact of pets on their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic [Conference Presentation]. International Society of Anthrozoology Conference.
- Kivlen, C., Binfet, J. T. (2021). Graduate students’ perceptions of a canine-assisted stress-reduction intervention [Conference Presentation]. International Society of Anthrozoology Conference.
- Kivlen, C., Winston, K., Mills, D., DiZazzo-Miller, R., Davenport, R., Binfet, J. T. (2020). The effect of an animal assisted intervention (AAI) on graduate students’ wellbeing: Insights from occupational therapy [Conference Presentation]. International Society of Anthrozoology Conference.
- Kivlen, C. & DiZazzo-Miller, R. (2020). Animal assisted intervention programming on a college campus: Insights from graduate students [Conference Presentation]. American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference.
- Winchester, E., Shannahan, A., Williamson, E., Wenderlich, E., Samuel, S., Johnson, C., Mendez, J., Malek, M. (2020). Impact of interprofessional exposure [Conference Presentation]. Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center (MIPERC) Conference
- Allen, N., Kivlen, C., Mendez, J. (2020). Applying an Interprofessional lens to Veteran’s Health Care [Conference Presentation]. Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center (MIPERC) Conference:
- Reightler, L. & Johnson, C. (2019). The effects of guide dog use on occupational performance: A qualitative study [Conference Presentation]. American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference.
- Egan, B. E., Friguglietti, S., Johnson, C., Oakes, T., James, L., Sears, C. (2018). Developing a distance cohort: Lessons learned [Conference Presentation]. American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference
- Johnson, C. (2016). Animal assisted therapy: A practical demonstration [Conference Presentation]. Occupational Therapy Student Conclave Conference
- Johnson, C. (2015). The occupational benefits associated with persons caring for a pet [Conference Presentation]. Society for the Study of Occupation (SSO) Conference
- Johnson, C., Musgrove, H., Walt, M., Ross, E., Bamford, S., Kotoor, J., Cagle, M., Dziurda, P. (2014). Interprofessional approach to early mobility in a medical progressive care unit [Conference Presentation]. Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Center Conference.