Michelle McCann

Assistant Clinical Professor/ Capstone Coordinator
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy

Rangos 224
Phone: 412-396-4216


OTD, Chatham University, 2017
B.S., Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh 1995
Bio and Expertise


Dr. Michelle McCann received a B.S in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation. She completed a Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at Chatham University. Dr. McCann also has earned the credentials of Certified Brain Injury Specialist from the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists, is NDT Certified with the Neuro-developmental Treatment Association, and holds the credentials of Prospective Payment Specialist through Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation.

Clinical Background:

Across her 25+ year career as an occupational therapist, Dr. McCann has remained active in clinical practice and has participated in advocacy through promotion of several local support groups for persons with acute and chronic neurological injury, amputation, or the caregivers of persons with chronic disease. Dr. McCann wide-ranging clinical expertise working within the adults and geriatric clients throughout the lifespan, particularly post neurological disease or injury, amputation, and chronic disease management. Dr. McCann also has experience working in quality assurance and risk management with various stakeholders and regulatory agencies.


Homer C. Hetrick, MD Award for Excellence in Promoting Healthcare (1991)
Jostens Foundation Top Ten Students Entering Rehabilitation Award (1995)
Pennsylvania Acute Rehabilitation Leadership Award Recipient (2011)
HealthSouth Corporation Therapy Leadership Co-Director of the Year (2012)
Community Servant Leadership Award Duquesne University (2013)
The Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania Achievement Award (2013)
American Occupational Therapy Association Leadership Institute/Service Commendations (2014, 2016, 2017)


Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA)
Member, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Member, Neurodevelopment Treatment Association (NDTA)
Member, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Preferred Provider
Keystone Chapter of the National MS HealthCare Advisory Council
Powerful Tools for Caregivers Instructor


Current Teaching (2022):
OCCT 520 Neurological &Sensorimotor Function II - Lab Assistant
OCCT 537 Human Motion and Movement - Lab Assistant
OCCT 310 Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan
OCCT 548 Medical Conditions in Occupational Therapy


Informal and formal caregiver wellness and advocacy; chronic neurological injury (stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease); telehealth interventions and mobile health initiatives improving participation and health in community settings; behavioral health services across the lifespan; quality improvement/quality care initiatives impacting public safety; technology and rehabilitation, cultural competency in healthcare settings addressing health disparities.


Uniform Data Systems for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr®) National Conference Guest Speaker User Group Conferences - March 2013 and May 2013 - Using Outcome Measurement in Program Development

Uniform Data Systems for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSmr®) National Annual Conference Guest Speaker August 2013 - Building Upon and Sustaining Best Practices Using Disease Specific Programs

POTA Conference Speaker (Fall 2013/ presentation with Dr. DeIuliis Duquesne University)

Using the Colloborative Fieldwork Experience in Level II Fieldwork Experience

HealthSouth Corporation Annual Director of Therapy and Chief Nursing Meeting July 2014 for Program Outcomes

POTA Conference Speaker October 2017 for Caregiver Health and Wellness

AOTA Conference Speaker April 2018 for Caring for Individual's With Chronic Neurological Needs

HealthSouth Corporation Annual Director of Quality and Risk Management June 2018 Clinical Research Promoting Caregiver Needs

Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Poster Presentation October 2018 Providing for Acute Inpatient Caregiver Needs

American Heart and Stroke Association November 2020 Caregiver Social Media Series

American Heart and Stroke Association May 2021 Caring for Those with Stroke Series