Cecille Corsilles-Sy

Cecille Corsilles-Sy

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Prof. Cecille Corsilles-Sy has 25+ years of clinical experience in adult rehabilitation in a Level 1 trauma center including interventions for stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, degenerative neurological disorders, orthopedic disorders, limb loss, and burns. She has worked in OT and OTA education teaching a wide range of courses including basic sciences, OT foundations, assessment, and interventions in human occupations, and professional development. She has been part of Puget Sound as adjunct faculty and as a clinical instructor in the adult onsite clinic, on and off since 2003, and has joined as full-time faculty since fall 2021.

Puget Sound Community

"The university’s campus-wide programming and initiatives toward diverse and inclusive community; and the OT program’s mission to prepare culturally sensitive graduates drew me to Puget Sound. These values align with my personal beliefs on the power of a learning community that respects diversity, approaches differences with cultural humility, and dismantles racism that leads to health disparities.”

“OT is the Liberal Arts”

“Occupational therapy practice, as in Liberal Arts education, requires an expansive view of humanity, understanding contextual factors that impact performance with a goal of improving quality of life for the individual and their community.”

Scholarly interests

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Transformative learning toward culturally responsive care and anti-racism, critical thinking in OT education, and intraprofessional education.

Translational research in motor learning and motor control following stroke, bilateral task-oriented training, effects of functional cognition in retention motor learning.

Personal interests

Prof. Corsilles-Sy works with community organizations supporting immigrant rights, and human rights in local and international arena. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, singing, dancing, and hiking with her family.


BSOT University of Washington 1991
PhD University of Washington 2012