Susan S Bazyk (Sue), Ph.D.
 Title: Professor & Int Dir MOT Pgrm
Occupational Therapy Program, School of Health Sciences
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: HS 120
 Phone: 216-687-2530
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. HS 120, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy, School-based practice, Children's mental health, Development of leisure interests, After-school care
Ph.D., Human Services, Capella University, 2005
MHS, Occupational Therapy, University of Florida, 1983
B.S., Occupational Therapy, Ohio State University, 1978
Brief Bio:
Susan Bazyk is a professor in the Occupational Therapy Program.  She has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years and has taught at CSU since 1984 primarily in the area of pediatric practice.  Specific areas of teaching include: mental health promotion, prevention and intervention with children & youth; school-based practice; and occupation-based practice. She is the Project Director of a mental health promotion initiative, Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day (originally funded by the Ohio Department of Education). This initiative has focused on building capacity of occupational therapy practitioners and school personnel to address the mental health needs of all students and has developed, implemented and evaluated model programs and embedded strategies focusing on mental health promotion - Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess and OT Leisure Coaching. Refer to the Every Moment Counts website to access and use resources for implementation at

In 2002, Dr. Bazyk launched a service learning program designed to address the play/leisure and social-emotional needs of low-income urban youth attending after-school care in Central Cleveland - the Occupational Therapy Groups for HOPE (Healthy Occupations for Positive Emotions). This program is offered each year to approximately 70 children.  Research interests focus on issues related to children's mental health and participation in meaningful occupation, practice issues in school and community contexts, creativity & health, and occupational therapy education. See
Honors and Awards:
(2017) Outstanding Research Award. College of Sciences and Health Professions, Cleveland State University.

(2016) 18th Annual John J. Bazyk Distinguished Speaker in Occupational Therapy, April 28, 2016. Occupational Therapy┬┐s Distinct Value in Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Intervention Across the Lifespan.

(2016) The Hite Award, The Division of Occupational Therapy, The Ohio University. For contributions to the profession of Occupational Therapy and efforts to `Make every moment count.┬┐

(2016) Health Care Heroes Award, Crain's Cleveland Business. Honoring the thinkers, innovators and healers who make the health care sector a vital part of Northeast Ohio's economy.

(2015) Model Practice Award, Ohio Occupational Therapy Association. This award is given to recognize outstanding achievement in the practice of OT in the state of Ohio. I received this award for the development and implementation of Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day, the Ohio Department of Education funded initiative, 2015.

(2012) Award of Merit, Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA). The highest honor of OOTA, Inc., for a member who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership, academics, or clinical achievement in the initiation, development or perpetuation of occupational therapy in the state of Ohio.

(2010) Award for Teaching Excellence, Cleveland State University.

(2008) Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association.

(2006) Lifetime Achievement Award in Occupational Therapy, Awarded by the Cleveland District Occupational Therapy Association.

(2006) Virginia Scardina Lectureship Award. October 2006.  This award is given to honor a member who has contributed to the development of the body of knowledge of the profession through research, education, and/or clinical practice.
Teaching Areas:
Pediatric Occupational Therapy
- Children's mental health
- Sensory processing intervention
- School-based practice
- Occupation-based practice
Professional Affiliations:
American Occupational Therapy Association
Ohio Occupational Therapy Association
Cleveland District OT Association
Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success
Research Grants:
Bazyk, S., Conway, C., Kilrain, M.., & Kline, A. (2016). Building Capacity of OTs in New Hampshire to Address the Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth. New Hampshire Department of Education. $40,000

Bazyk, S. (2012-15). Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day. Ohio Department of Education, Office of Exceptional Children, $720,000.

Bazyk, S. & Bazyk, J. Social Skills Activity Groups for Urban Youth. Ohio Campus Compact, 2002-03 NEOHEC Faculty Engagement Mini-Grants. Amount $2,500.00. Funded.

Bazyk, S. Factors Associated With Oral Feeding Ability in Infants with Congenital Cardiac Defects.  Research and Creative Activities Committee (RCAC), Cleveland State University, submitted October 15, 1987, amount $2,064.00, funded.

Bazyk, S. Factors Associated With the Transition to Oral Feeding in Nasogastric Tube-Fed Infants.  The American Occupational Therapy Foundation, submitted September 15, 1987, amount $2,813.50, funded.
Bazyk, S. Minority Recruitment and Retention and Faculty Development. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Service, Allied Health Projects Grant. Amount requested for 3 year period: $318,964.00. Submitted in 1990 and 1991 - Accepted but not funded.

Bazyk, S. An in-depth study of the transition from non-oral to oral feeding in one child. Period: May 1993 - May 1994. Cleveland Foundation - Faculty Development in Health Sciences and Speech Pathology.  Amount: $8,479.32; funded.

Case-Smith, J. and Bazyk, S. Preparing Occupational Therapists to Provide Services in Ohio Schools. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.  Submitted June 1996.  Amount: $250,000 for three year period; Accepted but not funded.

Bazyk, S. (1997).  Enhancing Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in the Classroom Through the Use of Videotape and Written Case Studies. Cleveland State University's 1997 Teaching Enhancement Award program. Funded. Amount: $1,912.00.

Bazyk, S. (1997.) Center for Teaching Excellence Small Grants Program. Amount: $200.00 for teaching materials.

Bazyk, S. (1998). Modifying the Traditional Classroom in Response to Students Learning Style and Sensory-Motor Needs. Teaching Fellowship Grant Award, University Center for Teaching and Learning. Amount: One course release and $500 for materials.

Ekelman, B., Bazyk, S. & Dal Bello-Haas, V. The Relationship of Occupation to Health of Indigenous Mayan/Kekchi Women, Toledo District, Southern Belize. Submitted to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation October 1, 1999; amount: $7,978. Funded.

Bazyk, S. The Relationship Between Fine Motor Outcomes and Emergent Literacy in Kindergarten-Age Children Receiving Occupational Therapy Services. May 1999 through June 1, 2001. Established Full-Time Faculty Research Development (EEFRD) Program, Cleveland State University. Amount: $9,300. Funded.