Catherine Leslie, PhD, OTR/L, CEIS

Assistant Professor
Occupational Therapy
Office Location: 
Shouse - 246

Cathy Leslie, PhD, OTR/L, MOT, CEIS, is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Leslie’s clinical background is in pediatrics in the early intervention setting, and she teaches courses focused on pediatrics, health communication, and research. 

Dr. Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Master of Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Dr. Leslie is the author of multiple peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and a state and nationally recognized speaker. Dr. Leslie is currently the principal investigator on a foundation grant funded community-academic partnership project focused on providing needed occupational and speech-language therapy services to underserved toddlers and preschool children in Charlestown. She has two wonderful daughters and lives on a sailboat in Boston harbor with her husband.

Research Interests

Health literacy and health communication
Pediatrics and early intervention
Equity in access to rehabilitation services


BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Bay Path University, Longmeadow, MA
MS, Occupational Therapy, Bay Path University, Longmeadow, MA
PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions


Select Recent Publications 

Leslie, C., Donelan, K., Nicholas, P., Buglione, M., & Smith, D. (2021) Health Literacy Profiles of Early Intervention Providers: A Study Using the Health Literacy Questionnaire. HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice. In press. 

Coffin, D., Leslie, C., Lydell, R., Page, H., & Kimmel, L. Early Intervention. In R. Akselrud (Ed.), Quintessential Occupational Therapy. Slack Books. In press.

Leslie, C., Hawkins, M., & Smith, D. (2020) Using the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ) with Providers in the Early Intervention Setting: A Qualitative Validity Testing Study. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (2603). doi:10.3390/ijerph17072603. In special issue: “Health literacy and equity- Interdisciplinary perspectives and recent trends in health literacy research and action around the world.”

Leslie, C., Smith, D., & Nicholas, P. (2019). Health Literacy Understanding of Early Intervention Providers: A Scoping Review. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 15(9), 640–648.



Boyer, V., Weinstein, B., Nguyen, L, & Leslie, C. (2021, November). Health Literacy 101: Master Class. Invited presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Washington, D.C. 

Gilligan, J., Morgan, S., Brady Wagner, L., Schliep, M.E., & Leslie, C. (2021, November). Practical Health Literacy: Creating Materials that Increase Health Literacy in Healthcare & Education Settings. Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Washington, D.C. 

Mackey, J., Leslie, C., & Townsend, E. Interprofessional Student Learning in an Early Intervention Caregiver Group. Virtual presentation: Nexus Summit, August, 2020. 



Curriculum Vitae