Catana E. Brown is an associate professor in the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Lawrence. She has been teaching occupation therapy at the university level for the past 12 years — three years at Towson State University in Maryland and nine years at the University of Kansas. In 2001, Dr. Brown became a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Additionally, she serves as chair of the AOTA Mental Health Special Interest Section, as well as of the research division of the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA).
Her honors include an Outstanding Practice Award in 1990 by the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), a Dissertation Award by AOTA in 1998, and a Joyce Jones Teaching Award by the University of Kansas in 1999. Dr. Brown earned a BA and an MA in occupational therapy from Colorado State University and New York University, respectively. She earned a PhD in psychology and research in education, with an emphasis in measurement, statistics, and research; and a minor in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas. Additionally, Dr. Brown has performed extensive research in schizophrenia as it relates to activities of daily living, and has authored or co-authored at least 20 articles in professional journals. As well, she has presented at many conferences and symposiums throughout the United States, Canada, and England.