Diane Norell, a registered and licensed occupational therapist, is a senior lecturer in a half time appointment with the Occupational Therapy Department. As well, she is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator half time with a focus on Level II fieldwork. Diane has a master's in social work and was employed in the role of a Faculty Field Instructor and adjunct faculty for the School of Social Work at EWU for 16 years. She previously worked as a Clinical Research Associate with the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training, WSU-Spokane for 10 years.
Diane received a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota in Occupational Therapy in 1974 and a Masters in Social Work from Eastern Washington University in 1982. She has been a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner with the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association for 15 years. Ms. Norell has worked in the field of mental health and chemical dependency as both a psychiatric social worker and occupational therapist for 40 years with 33 of those years in Washington State. Her special interest in the area of family psycho education has afforded opportunities in research, clinical supervision, consultation, and training regionally and nationally. She has been the senior clinical supervisor in four research studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; the National Institutes of Disability Rehabilitation Research and the United States Department of Defense. She has co-authored seven peer-reviewed articles and one book chapter related to family psycho education with families and their members experiencing a chronic condition including mental illness, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or post traumatic stress disorder. Currently, Ms. Norell teaches courses in group process, mental health, leadership and management; and fieldwork readiness.
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