Welcome to the Mental Health Special Interest Section!


Our SIS wants to serve OTPs currently working in mental health settings, those who address mental health in non-mental-health settings, and those who wish to begin practicing in mental health.

 In 2016, our SIS created an advocacy group called NC Occupational Therapy Alliance for Mental Health Promotion, or NCOTAMHP. Since that time we have worked together on goals of increasing the presence of occupational therapy in community mental health settings. If you are interested in participating in our advocacy group, please email at [email protected] or join our Facebook group: NC OT Alliance for Mental Health Promotion

 Advocacy info: please see our NCOTAMHP Newcomers’ Guide for more information on our advocacy efforts, including information on QP status for OTs and OTAs, our efforts with the Transitions to Community Living Initiative, Medicaid Transformation, and more!



Chair: Chinyu Wu, PhD, OTR/L

*Email:  [email protected]                    

*OT Education:  

        • PhD in Occupational Therapy, New York University, New York, NY, 1999

        • MA in Occupational Therapy (post-professional), New York University, New York, NY, 1995

        • BS in Occupational Therapy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 1991

*Current Setting/Title:  Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Winston Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC

Previous Experience: 

  • Vice Chair of Board of Directors, Green Tree Peer Center, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Assistant Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

  • Chief Editor, World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Bulletin

  • Standing Director, Chair of International Affairs Committee, Delegate to WFOT, Taiwan Occupational Therapy Association

  • Secretary General, Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Group

  • Adjunct faculty/ Teaching Fellow, Department of Occupational Therapy, New York University, New York, NY

  • Occupational Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

*Clinical/Professional Interests:  

  • Recovery of mental illness

  • Community-based participatory research, PhotoVoice

  • Evaluation and intervention of motivational deficits in people with schizophrenia

  • OT workforce preparation for behavioral health

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations:  

  • Daughter, sister, wife, and mother of two college-age children

  • Classical music, horticulture

*Additional Information: 

  • Community Inclusion Award, i2i Center for Integrative Health, 2019

  • Needs assessment and evidence-based program development for a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC)

  • Establishing and supervising OT fieldwork in emerging mental health practices, including Transitions to Community Living Initiative (TCLI), consumer-operated services (COS), homeless shelter, mental health screening on mobile clinic, student mental health on college campus, etc.


Chair: Megan Leach McCann, OTR/L  

*Email: [email protected]

*OT Education: Master’s in Occupational Therapy, The Ohio State University 

*Current Setting/Title: Central Piedmont Community College / Instructor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator 

*Previous Experience: Inpatient behavioral health, inpatient acute care

*Clinical/Professional Interests: Mental Heath and wellness, holistic practice of OT, using fieldwork to expand and advocate for OT, increasing opportunities for OT practitioners in above settings

*Meaningful Roles and Occupations: mom of dogs and humans, spouse, pedestrian, cyclist, dancer, reader, yogi, cook, organizer, daughter, sister, friend, volunteer, equity advocate 

*Additional Information: NCOTA and AOTA member



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MH Breakout Session from Fall Conference 2021 here