Virginia Stoffel, Ph.D., OT, BCMH, FAOTA

Associate Professor

[Image] Virginia Stoffel

Enderis Hall, Room 989
Phone: (414) 229-5583
Fax: (414) 229-5100


Occupational Science & Technology


  • Ph.D. Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, Cardinal Stritch University, 2007
  • M.S., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1983
  • B.A., Occupational Therapy, College of St. Catherine, 1977

Speaker Topics

  • Capturing Lived Experience through Photovoice
  • Behavioral Health and Occupational Therapy
  • Recovery and Well-Being

Interests & Expertise

Dr. Stoffel’s research focuses on the lived experience of disability and recovery for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders, parenting a child with autism, transitioning from military to civilian life as a university student, and engagement in psychosocial clubhouses. Use of motivational interviewing and coping strategies to promote change in substance use and other behavioral changes reflects ongoing work with colleagues from the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Research at UWM.

Currently, Dr. Stoffel is involved in a 5 year study funded by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (2013-2017) titled “DryHootch iPeer: A Social & Technology Support Program for Veteran Mental Health” with Dr. Haertlein Sells from UWM and colleagues from the Medical College of Wisconsin, DryHootch, Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Marquette University and Mental Health America of Wisconsin.

In addition, Dr. Stoffel is known for her involvement in leadership development training and has facilitated leadership training programs for AOTA’s Emerging Leadership Development Program and their Middle Manager Leadership Institute since the programs were launched in 2009 and 2010.

Dr. Stoffel is President of the American Occupational Therapy Association (2013-2016), the national professional association for occupational therapy in the United States representing more than 140,000 practitioners, students and researchers. Her service also extends to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Mental Health America of Wisconsin, the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, and the editorial board of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Journal of Psychosocial Practice and Research.

Recent Publications

Stoffel, V. C. (2013). Health Policy Perspectives. Opportunities for Occupational Therapy Behavioral Health: A Call to Action. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67, 140-145.

Brown,C., & Stoffel, V. C. (2011). Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company.

Stoffel, V. C. (2011). Recovery. In C. Brown & V. C. Stoffel (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation. (Chapter 1, pp.3-16). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company.

Stoffel, V. C. (2011). Psychosocial Clubhouses. In C. Brown & V. C. Stoffel (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation. (Chapter 39, pp.559-570). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company.

Stoffel, V. C. & Tomlinson, J. (2011). Communication and Social Skills. In C. Brown & V. C. Stoffel (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation. (Chapter 21, pp.298-312). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company

Haertlein Sells, C., Stoffel, V. C., & Plach, H. (2011). Substance-Related Disorders. In C. Brown & V. C. Stoffel (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation. (Chapter 15, pp.192-210). Philadelphia: F.A.Davis Company.

Haertlein Sells, C. & Stoffel, V. C. (2011). Strategies to enable meaningful everyday living for people with psychiatric disabilities and other mental health needs. In C. H. Christiansen & K. M. Matuska (Eds.) Ways of Living: Intervention Strategies to Enable Participation (4th ed.).(Chapter 15, pp. 405-429). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Haertlein Sells, C. & Stoffel, V.C. (2010). Use of Evaluation Data in an Outcomes-Oriented Approach. In J. Hinojosa, P. Kramer, & P. Crist (Eds.), Evaluation: Obtaining and Interpreting Data, 3rd Edition (Chapter 16, pp. 337-362). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Moyers, P., & Stoffel, V. C. (2010). Preventing substance abuse in adolescents and adults. In M. Scaffa, M. Reitz, & M. Pizzi (Eds.), Occupational therapy in the promotion of health and wellness (Chapter 15, pp. 280-306). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis

Berger, L. K., Otto-Salaj, L. L., Stoffel, V. C., Hernandez-Meier, J., & Gromoske, A. N. (2009). Personal and organizational barriers and facilitators of transferring research to practice: An exploratory case study of motivational interviewing. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 9(2), 145-162.

Schell, B. A. B., & Stoffel, V. C. (2008). Yes, I am a real OT: Board and Specialty Certification for Academic Faculty. Continuing Competence Column. OT Practice, 13(10), 19-20.

Honors & Awards

  • Women of Influence Award, Milwaukee Business Journal, 2012
  • College of Health Sciences Ambassador Award, 2011
  • UWM Faculty Distinguished University Service Award, 2010