Barbara Elizabeth Milliken, Ed.D., OTR/L, CVW
 Title: Assistant Professor
Research Track
 Dept: Occupational Therapy
 Office: HS 106
 Phone: 216-687-2530
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. HS 106, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Veterans, Environment. Spirituality, Mental Health, OT in the Correctional System, Transitional Reintegration Programs, Empathy, Grief and Loss, Interprofessional Education
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Akron, 2018
MHS, Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, 2005
B.S., Occupational Therapy, The Ohio State University, 1985
Brief Bio:
Dr. Milliken's clinical specialties are in mental health and dementia care. However, her professional experiences have included veterans hospitals, inpatient rehab, inpatient adult and adolescent psych, dual diagnosis units, skilled nursing facilities, and community homeless shelters. She taught and served in administrative roles for 22 years. She joined the OT faculty at Cleveland State University in August 2018.
She is deeply invested in ensuring holistic, client-centered interventions, and is committed to helping students develop both personally and professionally, so that they can deliver exceptional health care services.
Creative and Activities:
Dr. Milliken has pursued specialty certification and training in the following areas:

2015 SoulCollage Facilitator

2009 Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI) Teacher Certification

2005 Certified Validation Worker through the George Leader Institute

2002 Certificate, Training Program for Hospital Artists through the National Institute for Hospital Artists-in-Residence, and The Creative Center for Women with Cancer
Research Interests:
Faculty professional development focused on serving veterans in the classroom environment.

Client perspectives of OT and spirituality.

OT and criminal justice.

Interprofessional education

Healthcare students and empathy.
Teaching Areas:
Dr. Milliken has taught in both occupational therapy assistant and occupational therapy programs since 1996. Assigned courses focused on the psychosocial aspects of occupational therapy, human lifespan development, and clinical supervision in traditional and nontraditional mental health facilities.
Professional Affiliations:
Ohio Occupational Therapy Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy