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Natalie Leland, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor

Division of Occupational Therapy
University of Pittsburgh

Phone: (323) 442-1307

Lead Mentor
F. Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Research Areas

Understanding and improving post-acute care quality for older adults with a particular interest in how occupational therapy can contribute to fall prevention.


  • 2000 University of New Hampshire Occupational Therapy BS
  • 2006 University of Massachusetts Gerontology MS
  • 2009 University of Massachusetts Philosophy in Gerontology PhD

Current Research Funding

(Leland) 01/01/18-03/31/22 PCORI Optimizing Care for Patients with Dementia: A Comparison of Two Non-Pharmacological Treatment Strategies

K01 HS022907 (Leland) 04/01/15-03/30/19 NCE Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Identifying Patient-Centered Fall Prevention Care Processes in Hip Fracture Rehabilitation. The research objective of this three-year mentored career development award is to address the occurrence of fall rates among post-acute care patients by defining gaps in rehabilitation documentation and practice, developing patient-centered evidence based quality measures of rehabilitation services in the area of fall prevention and better informing opportunities for improving quality of rehabilitation services.

Recent Publications

Leland, NE, Chang SH, Shah K, Martinez, J, Robins M, Roberts P. Facilitating community discharge: What is the role of occupational therapy in facilitating a care transition? Am J Occup Ther. 2018; In press.

Wong C, Leland, NE. (In Press). Clinicians’ perspectives of patient engagement in post-acute care: A social ecological approach. Phys Occup Ther Geriatr. 2018; In press.

Wong C, Fagan B., Leland, NE. Occupational therapy practitioners’ perspectives on occupation-based interventions for clients with a hip fracture. Am J Occup Ther. 2018; 72(4).

Halle AD, Mroz TM, Fogelberg DJ, Leland NE. Occupational Therapy and Primary Care: Updates and Trends. Am J Occup Ther. 2018 May/Jun; 72(3):7203090010p1-7203090010p6. PMCID: PMC5915228.

Welsh RL, Graham JE, Karmarkar AM, Leland NE, Baillargeon JG, Wild DL, Ottenbacher KJ. Effects of Postacute Settings on Readmission Rates and Reasons for Readmission Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2017 Apr 1; 18(4):367.e1-367.e10. PMCID: PMC5366260.

Leland NE, Lepore M, Wong C, Chang SH, Freeman L, Crum K, Gillies H, Nash P. Delivering high quality hip fracture rehabilitation: the perspective of occupational and physical therapy practitioners. Disabil Rehabil. 2018 Mar; 40(6):646-654. PMCID: PMC5522785.

Leland NE, Fogelberg DJ, Halle AD, Mroz TM. Occupational Therapy and Management of Multiple Chronic Conditions in the Context of Health Care Reform. Am J Occup Ther. 2017 Jan/Feb; 71(1):7101090010p1-7101090010p6. PMCID: PMC5182013.

Kim L, Leland, NE. Rehabilitation practitioners’ prioritized care processes in hip fracture post-acute are. Phys Occup Ther Geriatr. 2017; 34(2):2-3.

Fogelberg DJ, Leland NE, Blanchard J, Rich TJ, lark FA. (2017). Qualitative experience of sleep in individuals with spinal cord injury. OTJR: Occup Particip Health. 2017; 37(2):89-97. 

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