Phyllis M. King, Ph.D., OT, FAOTA

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Professor

[Image] Phyllis King

Chapman Hall, Room 230A
Phone: (414) 229-6175
Fax: (414) 229-2481


Occupational Science & Technology


  • Ph.D., Urban Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1995
  • M.S., Programs in Management, Cardinal Stritch College, 1988
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1983

Speaker Topics

  • Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics, Legal Issues in
  • Work-related Disabilities

Interests & Expertise

Dr. King is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Professor in the College of Health Sciences, the Associate Director for the Center for Ergonomics, and the Director of Campus Ergonomics Services. Her research interests focus on the prevention of work-related injuries through the application of ergonomics. She provides ergonomic consultation and training services to a variety of industries including health care, manufacturing, and hospitality. Current research has focused on product design, usability testing, safe patient handling, and measuring the physiological effects of work. She recently co-authored a chapter in the AMA’s book entitled Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability.

Recent Publications

King, P., & Olson, D. (2013). Work. In B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. Scaffa (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (12th ed) (pp. 678-697). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Olson, D., & King, P. (2012). Estimated energy expenditure of nursing assistants in long term care. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Intervention, 42(3), 331-340.

Darragh, A., Campo, M., & King, P. (2012). Work-related activities associated with injury in occupational and physical therapists. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 42(3), 373-384.

Darragh, A., Huddleston, W., & King, P. (2009). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders and injuries among occupational and physical therapists. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63(3), 351-368.

King, P., Huddleston, W., & Darragh, A. (2009). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders and injuries: Differences among older and younger occupational and physical therapists. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 19(3), 274-279.

King, P., & Olson, D. (2009). Work Practice in Occupational Therapy. In E.B.Creapeau, E.S. Cohn, & B. Schell (eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy 11th ed., 615-632. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Sindu, B., & King, P. (2009). Assessing Evaluee Effort. In E. Genovese & J. Galper (Ed.), Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability: How to Request, Interpret and Apply Functional Capacity Evaluations, 195-227, Washington DC: American Medical Association.

May-Lisowski T., & King, P. (2008). Effect of wearing a static wrist orthosis on shoulder movement during feeding. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62(4), 428-445.

Honors & Awards

UWM Faculty Distinguished Public Service Award, 2010