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Rachel Allen-McHugh

Title: Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Assistant Professor
(515) 271-2287

Began at Drake: 
BS Psychology, St. Ambrose University; BS Occupational Therapy, St. Ambrose University; MOT, Mount Mary University; OTD, Mount Mary University

Current classes I teach:

  • OTD 125: OBP - Health, Wellness & Well-Being
  • OTD 123: OBP - Pediatrics
  • OTD 153: Independent Study - Advanced Pediatrics


  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy - Drake University, 2018 - present
  • Occupational Therapy Learning Facilitator - Drake University, 2018 - 2019
  • Occupational Therapy Lab Manager - Drake University, 2016-2018

Professional Affiliations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI)
  • Council for Occupational Therapists for the European Countries (COTEC)
  • Iowa Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA)
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
  • Yoga Alliance

College Service

  • Student Affairs Committee, 2019-2020
  • Occupational Therapy Faculty Search Committee, 2019-2020
  • Occupational Therapy Staff Search Committee, 2019-2020
  • Occupational Therapy Curriculum Committee, 2019-2020

University Service

  • Embodied Learning Faculty Research Group

Certifications & Registrations

  • Licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Iowa August 2006-current
  • National Board Certification of Occupational Therapists-certified since 1999-current
  • Qualifications Verified by AOTI to practice in Ireland-received 2002; renewed 2018
  • CORU Registration to practice in Ireland-Renewal in process
  • CPR/First Aid- September 2000-current
  • Registered Yoga Teacher-200 hour- May 2015-current

Honors & Awards

  • American Occupational Therapy Association Leadership Institute Participant

Current Research Projects

  • Allen-McHugh, R., (2018). Facilitation of Therapeutic Use of Self: Utilization of Instructional Relationship Model and the Therapeutic Modes.


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