Erin Phillips, OTD

Associate Professor

Teaches within the Interventions series emphasizing occupation-based motor and sensory assessment and intervention, manual techniques, modalities, and splinting. She also teaches alternative therapies, health promotion and wellness content, and emerging practice areas. Her clinical practice is in UE orthopedics and hand therapy.

She is a certified life coach practitioner and a certified yoga teacher.

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Education and Training

  • OTD, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minn. Post-professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy
  • MSOT, Washington University
  • BA, Washington University Biology, Minor in Spanish


Interests and Projects


  • Occupational Therapy role in health promotion and wellness
  • Benefits and accessibility of yoga practice in community settings
  • Life balance principles; application to employee health and mentorship models
  • Yoga as intervention to impact life balance perception, occupational patterns, and stress


Impact of Yoga on Military Personnel Occupational Patterns and Quality of Life, 2016
Research mentor, St. Ambrose University Program in Occupational TherapyThe Impact of Yoga for Adults with Sedentary Behaviors, 2015
Research mentor, St. Ambrose University Program in Occupational TherapyEvaluation of a Health Promotion and Coaching Experiential Project on Occupational Therapy Student Abilities and Perceptions, 2014
Doctoral project, St. Catherine UniversityReducing the fear of falling and increasing self-efficacy in older adults: A multifactorial intervention approach, 2014
Research mentor, St. Ambrose University Program in Occupational TherapyCreation of a Sustainable Wellness Program for At-risk Youth, 2013
Research mentor, St. Ambrose University Program in Occupational Therapy


Phillips, Erin A. (2017). Evaluation of a coaching experiential learning project on OT student abilities and perceptions. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 5(1).

Phillips, E. (2011). Palms Up: Hand positions can affect our state of mind. UTNE Reader (July-Aug 2011)166. Ogden Publications: Topeka, KS.

Phillips, E. (2011, March). Mudras and the Mind: How we hold our hands can connect us with our psyche. Radish Magazine: Healthy Living from the Ground Up. March, p. 24.

Groth, G., Vandeven, K., Phillips, E., & Ehretsman, R. (2001). Goniometry of the Proximal and Distal Interphalangeal Joints, Part II: Placement Preference, Interrater Reliability, and Concurrent Validity. Journal of Hand Therapy (Jan-March). pp.23-29.

Groth, G., Guccione, J., Paynter, P., Phillips, E., Sopp, B., Wulf, M., Walker, E, Mantz, K. & Kraemer, B. (1998). Therapy Considerations Following Acute Hand Injuries. In D.S. Martin & E.D. Collins (Eds.); Manual of Acute Hand Injuries (1st ed.), pp.604-645. Mosby: St. Louis, MO.

Phillips, E. (2001). Curves in the Road. In Piepenburg (Ed.); Running for the Soul 2, pp.61-62. Road Runner Sports, Inc.

Phillips, E. & Siggelkow, W. (1995). A 12-month Internship Model of Level II Fieldwork. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 49 (2), 146-9.

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Courses Taught

Interventions IA, IB and IIB


American Occupational Therapy Association
Iowa Occupational Therapy Association
Walk with a Doc Steering Committee

Scholarly Contributions

Bortz, K. (2016). A natural connection: Stretching the boundaries of OT through yoga. Contributor: Phillips, E. ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, June 2016.

Cashion, C. (2014, October). A call to arms: The hows and whys of building upper body strength. Contributor: Phillips, E. Radish Magazine: Healthy Living from the Ground Up, October, p.14.

Greene, C. (2010, July). Roadside Reboot: Simple stretches get you from here to there. Collaboration on article. Contributor: Phillips, E. Radish Magazine: Healthy Living from the Ground Up, July, p. 26

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