Amy Kashiwa

Amy Kashiwa

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy


Dr. Amy Kashiwa has over ten years of clinical experience working in adult physical dysfunction and acute psychiatry; she particularly loves working with older adult populations in all practice settings. Additionally, Amy has instructional experience from OTA to post-professional OTD programs. Amy has expertise in program development, fieldwork supervision, and mentoring graduate students.  She is committed to advancing the profession through research and publishing on the role of suicide prevention in occupational therapy and appreciates collaborating on scholarly projects within the teaching and learning community. Amy was particularly attracted to the Puget Sound curricula designed on the Subject-Centered Integrative Learning Model for OT (SCIL-OT) by Barbara Hooper, and the opportunity to build new community partnerships as the adult onsite clinic coordinator.

“The mission of the School of Occupational Therapy aligns with my pedagogical style of problem and discussion-based learning; learning through reflection and making connections to our diverse personal life experiences. Learning is most exciting when we are collaboratively engaged as a dynamic community. COVID-19 presents unique challenges to our beliefs and expectations about traditional teaching and learning methods. The challenge of drawing on resources and creatively adapting to the environment is a core tenet of occupational therapy. It is an exciting time to be joining the Puget Sound community!”


Scholarly Interests

Exploring the theoretical intersection of suicide theory and the occupational therapy scope of practice; how engagement in occupations may impact modifiable risk factors among vulnerable populations at increased risk of suicide; state and national suicide prevention policy initiatives related to suicide prevention

Efficacy of medication management group activity-based intervention for psychiatric medication compliance, and increasing occupational engagement outcomes; qualitative methods for examining therapeutic use of self and stigma reduction in mental health

Studying outcomes related to supporting graduate student transition to hybrid teaching methodology; the effects of small group mindfulness on stress and anxiety in the School of Occupational Therapy


Leisure Occupation Interests

When not engaged in scholarly occupations, Amy enjoys meditative walking, restorative yoga, reading historical non-fiction, and writing poetry. She publishes poetry on a 1928 Smith & Corona typewriter.  

BSOT Colorado State University
OTD Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
OT Process with Adults I OT 645-A 2228
OT Process with Adults I OT 745-A 2228

Contact Information

Weyerhaeuser 215