Andrea D. Fairman, PhD, MOT, OTR/L, CPRP

Fairman Andrea Profile
Term Lecturer
Occupational Therapy
(617) 726-3485
Office Location: 
Shouse - 207

Andrea Fairman, PhD, OTR/L, CPRP, is a Term Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Dr. Fairman earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and Masters of Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science with Certificate in Assistive Technology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Fairman began her career working in human services and community mental health before she became an occupational therapist. She was one of the first 100 persons in the world to take the certification exam to become a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP). She is also certified as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant and has worked extensively with persons who have developmental and psychiatric disabilities.

Over the past 15 years, Andrea has practiced occupational therapy in a wide variety of treatment settings including: home health, school-based services, inpatient rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. More recent clinical interests have been focused on Assistive Technology (AT) and telehealth for persons with disabilities and chronic conditions.

Dr. Fairman’s research interests include: assistive technology to support persons with cognitive deficits, mobile health (mHealth) systems to promote self-management and wellness in persons with chronic conditions, incorporating behavioral interventions and strategies including gamification, virtual rewards and social supports. Dr. Fairman is one of the inventors of the innovative mHealth system called iMHere (Interactive Mobile Health and Rehabilitation) aimed at improving self-management skills and preventing and detecting secondary medical complications.

"My teaching philosophy aligns with occupational therapy practice in that people “learn by doing.” I strive to include experiential opportunities in every class that I teach. Many of the skills which enable students to become great therapists do not evolve from reading and memorizing information. The best lessons are acquired from applying information to real-life situations and learning from interactions with others."

Research Interests

2014–2019 Promoting Independence and Self-Management Using Mobile Health
Funding Source: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

2014-2016 Telewellness Support Systems for Spinal Cord Injury
Funding Source: Craig H. Neilsen Foundation


Dicianno BE, Parmanto B, Fairman AD, Crytzer T, Yu DX, Pramana G, Coughenour D, Petrazzi AA. (2014). Perspectives on the evolution of mobile (mHealth) technologies and application to rehabilitation. Physical Therapy. Cited in: PubMed; PMID: 24925075.

Parmanto B, Pramana G, Yu DX, Fairman AD, Dicianno BE, McCue MP (2013). iMHere: A novel mHealth system for supporting self-care in management of complex and chronic conditions. JMIR mHealth uHealth;1(2):e10. Cited in: PubMed; PMID: 25100682.

Fairman AD, Dicianno BE, Datt N, Garver A, Parmanto B, McCue M (2013). Outcomes of clinicians, caregivers, family members and adults with spina bifida regarding receptivity to use of the iMHere mHealth solution to promote wellness [Internet]. International Journal of Telerehabilitation;5(1). Available from:

Crytzer, TM, Dicianno, BE, & Fairman, AD (2013). Effectiveness of an upper extremity exercise device and text message reminders to exercise in adults with spina bifida: A pilot study. Assistive Technology; 25 (4): 181–193. DOI: 10.1080/10400435.2012.747572

Dicianno BE, Peele P, Lovelace J, Fairman, AD, Smyers D, Halgas M, Burkholder K, & Boninger ML (2012). Medicaid Health Plans of America. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Case Study: Best Practices in Managing Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions; 96-98.

See CV for complete list of publications and presentations.


BS in Health Sciences
(Major: Occupational Therapy, Minor: Psychology)
MOT, Entry-level MS in Occupational Therapy
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

PhD in Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Awards / Achievements: Certificate in Assistive Technology, 2008-2009 IGERT Scholarship (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship)
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Curriculum Vitae