Occupational Therapy

Faculty & Staff

Chih-Ying Li

Chih-Ying "Cynthia" Li, PhD, OTR
Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1142

P: 409-772-9492
P: 409-747-1615
E: chili@utmb.edu

Teaching Areas of Interest

Therapeutic Use of Self and Groups, Evidence-Based Practice

Research Interests

Health Services Research. Comparative Effectiveness Research. Longitudinal Aging Study. Value-based Rehabilitation. Standardized Patient Assessment across Post-acute Care. Outcome Measurement


Chih-Ying "Cynthia" Li, PhD, OTR is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the UTMB School of Health Professions. Dr. Li received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from National Taiwan University and her Doctor of Philosophy in Health and Rehabilitation Science from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Li is a NIH-supported career development awardee (K01) from NICHD/NCMRR, and the 2021 Early Career Research Excellence Award recipient from American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Dr. Li also serves as a core faculty at the UTMB Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition (CeRPAN) and an Associate Scholar at the UTMB Clinical Translational Sciences Award (CTSA).

Grants & Funding

  • K01HD101589 04/2020 - 03/2025
    • Grantor: NIH, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research Eunice Kennedy Shriver
    • Study: Standardized Patient Assessment across Post-Acute Care: Opportunities and Challenges
    • Objective: Examine response patterns at Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility between the Functional Independence Measure and the standardized patient functional assessments (Section GG), in respond to the functional assessment transition required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014.
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Health Services Research Grant 09/2020 - 08/2022
    • Grantor: American Occupational Therapy Foundation
    • Study:OT Service Intensity in Home Health and Impact on Health Outcomes
    • Objective: Generate evidence on the effectiveness of occupational therapy in home health care with respect to key patient outcomes and patient characteristics, in respond to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model.
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • P30-AG059301 07/2021 - 06/2022
    • Grantor: UTMB Texas Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) funded by NIH/NIA
    • Study: Cognitive Demand and Occupation of Older Mexican Adults
    • Objective: Construct an index of cognitive demand for occupations held by participants in the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) waves 1 to 5.
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • P30-AG024832 2017 - 2018
    • Source: UTMB Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
    • Study: Functional Trajectory and Successful Community Discharge in Older Adults.
    • Objective:The goal of this study is to identify functional status change, post-acute care trajectories and how those two factors related to 90-day readmission and successful community discharge for Medicare beneficiaries.
    • Role: Principal Investigator

Notable Publications

Note: A complete list of all publications can be found on the abbreviated CV.

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