Michelle Jackson, MBA, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at Cox College. Professor Jackson began her OT career in 1995 with a 3-month fieldwork in rural Ireland. This began a lifelong love of international aspects of care, and has led her to Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras. Professor Jackson has practiced occupational therapy with various populations from NICU and pediatrics to geriatrics. She has provided occupational therapy in a variety of settings including acute care, ICU, in-patient rehab, home health, and outpatient facilities in the states of Colorado, Washington, North Carolina, Texas, and now Missouri. Her specialty area is acute care/trauma. While practicing in North Carolina, Professor Jackson earned her MBA with specialty certification in health care administration.
Professor Jackson is currently pursuing her post-professional doctoral degree from Creighton University with an emphasis on transitioning individuals who have been chronically homeless to successfully homed through the use of occupation. She has served on the board of 7 Billion Ones for many years, and is the past Director of Operations. Through a partnership with 7 Billion Ones and Gathering Friends for the Homeless, Professor Jackson assisted in the development and successful launch of “The Road I Call Home”, a project that has led to new dialogue within the community of Springfield and across the country regarding homelessness. Professor Jackson’s global perspective, ethical framework, client-centered delivery of practice, and her dedication to social justice are evident throughout her course delivery including rich case study work and classroom discussion.
The Road I Call Home Video: https://vimeo.com/185417340