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Lisa Mische-Lawson, Ph.D., CTRS

Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education

Professional Background

In addition to teaching in the department's master's and doctoral programs in occupational therapy as associate professor, Lisa Mische Lawson, Ph.D., CTRS, also serves as instructor and curriculum program manager for the therapeutic science program. Mische Lawson is lead instructor for OCTH 783 Evidence-Based Practice, OCTH 725 Research Process, and OTD 875 Professional Development. She assists with courses OCTH 704 Planning and Intervention in Occupational Therapy, OCTH 765 Family and Community Service Systems, and OCTH 790 Research Practicum. She also supervises first-year service learning students at the KU Cancer Center.

Mische Lawson's background is in recreational therapy, and she serves as a member of the exam management committee of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Credentialing. She has also served as chair of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s Research Institute and Research Team.

Her clinical practice includes developing and maintaining Tiles of Hope, a creative outlet for patients receiving outpatient blood and marrow transplant services at KU Cancer Center. Mische Lawson supervises volunteers, service learning students and fieldwork students in offering Tiles of Hope.

Academic Background

Mische Lawson earned a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., in 1993. She completed a master of education degree in therapeutic recreation at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1996. Later, Mische Lawson earned her doctorate in therapeutic science from the University of Kansas.

Research Focus

Mische Lawson’s research focuses on the benefits of recreation participation, particularly for vulnerable populations. Currently she develops and investigates programs for children with autism-spectrum disorders and adults receiving blood and marrow transplantation.

Curriculum Vitae PDF document

Selected Recent Publications

Mische Lawson, L., Williams, P., Glennon, C., Carithers, K., Schabel, E., Andrejack, A., & Wright, N. (accepted). Effect of art on stress and therapy related symptoms. Oncology Nursing Forum.

Ismael, N., & Mische Lawson, L. (accepted). The differences between boys’ and girls’ activity levels during play, and the relationship between these differences and their sensory processing patterns. British Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Mische Lawson, L., Glennon, C., Amos, M., Newberry, T., Pearce, J., Salzman, S., & Young, J. (2011). Patient perceptions of an art-making experience in an outpatient blood and marrow transplant clinic. European Journal of Cancer Care. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2011.01316.x

Mische Lawson, L. (2011). Yoga for preschool children at risk for ADHD. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation Volume 19, 39-51.

Welters-Davis, M. & Mische Lawson, L. (2011). The relationship between sensory processing and parent-child play preferences. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 4(2), 108-120.

Melanson, A. & Mische Lawson, L. (2011). Parents perceptions of a martial arts program for children with special needs. American Therapeutic Recreation Association Book of Research Briefs. Hattiesburg: MSL: American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Mische Lawson, L. (2010). Stroke survivors’ perceptions of community participation and quality of life. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 18.Alexandria, VA: American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Mische Lawson, L. (2009). Research brief: Preschoolers’ sensory preferences during play. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 32(1), 2-4.

Mische Lawson, L., Dunn, W. (2008). Sensory Processing and Play Preferences. Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, 16, 1-13.Alexandria, VA: American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Selected Recent and Current Projects

Mische Lawson, Lisa (PI)
Autism Speaks
Promoting Participation in Swim Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The purpose of this project is to develop a Sensory Supported Swimming Program to enrich the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by decreasing the risk of drowning, promoting participation in a life-long sport and increasing the capacity of general recreation providers to offer specialized and inclusive recreation programs for individuals with ASD.

Mische Lawson, Lisa (PI)
KU School of Health Professions
Art-making with Blood and Marrow Transplant Patients: A Pilot Study
The major goal of this study is to examine the effects of painting a ceramic tile on the stress levels of patients receiving treatment for blood and marrow cancers.

Mische Lawson, Lisa (Co-I)
Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training
Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Contextually Relevant Sensory Processing Intervention
The major goal of this study is to examine the effectiveness of contextually relevant sensory interventions with children with autism

Mische Lawson, Lisa (PI)
Successful Re-integration for Stroke Survivors Participating in Community Run Programs
The major goal of this research is to explore stroke survivors’ perceptions of how community run programs influence reintegration.

Mische Lawson, Lisa (PI)
The Effects of Yoga on Classroom Behavior and Performance
The major goal of this study is to examine the effects of participation in 10 minutes of yoga daily on behavior, attention, academic skills and fine and gross motor skills in preschool classrooms.

Mische Lawson, Lisa (Co-I)
The Relationship between Sensory Processing Patterns and Participation and Preferences in Daily Life and Leisure
The major goal of this study is to learn about the relationship between children’s sensory processing patters and their participation and preferences for leisure.

Mische Lawson, Lisa (PI)
Quality of Life of Community Dwelling Stroke Survivors
The goal of this study is to explore how community dwelling stroke survivors define quality of life and explore how community resources support quality of life.

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Last modified: Jul 09, 2019

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