Tyminski, Quinn, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH

Clinical Interests

Dr. Tyminski is interested in improving occupational participation and quality of life for populations experiencing marginalization through providing occupation-based services targeted at improving life skills and community re-integration. She collaborates with local community agencies to provide programming to address concerns of occupational justice related to increased participation in survival occupations among those experiencing mental illness, homelessness, or recent return to community from incarceration.

Research Interests

Dr. Tyminski’s research focuses on improving occupational participation for marginalized populations in multiple settings. One of Dr. Tyminski’s research interests include program development and implementation within community-based mental health populations with specific emphasis on homelessness. Additionally, Dr. Tyminski is interested in exploring sense of belonging for underrepresented students within occupational therapy education.

Teaching Roles

Dr. Tyminski is the course director for Therapeutic Communication, Group Dynamics, and Professional Development and Occupational Therapy in Mental and Behavioral Health.


2017: Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), Saint Louis University
2012: MS in occupational therapy, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Program in Occupational Therapy
2010: BA in exercise science, Adrian College


Dr. Tyminski earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. She then completed five years in community-based mental health practice in the St. Louis area with Peter & Paul Community Services. Within the agency, she served as the occupational therapist for a transitional housing program for men experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and homelessness and spent a year as the agency’s clinical director coordinating occupational therapy services and students. As part of her doctoral work, Dr. Tyminski introduced occupational therapy services to a local homeless shelter through the use of Level II fieldwork students. Following the success of the program, Dr. Tyminski opened an outpatient student experiential learning clinic in collaboration with St. Patrick Center in downtown St. Louis in 2018. The Community Independence Occupational Therapy Clinic provides occupational therapy services to individuals experiencing homelessness on referral from case managers at St. Patrick Center.

Selected Publications

*Tyminski, Q. P., & Grajo, L. (2024). Barriers that Affect Equity in the Occupational Therapy Admissions Process: Student and Faculty Perspectives. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 12(2), 1-9. doi:10.15453/2168-6408.2231

Nelson, M., Jaegers, L., Tyminski, Q., Kiepek, N., & Dieleman, C. (2023). Teaching critical reflection in occupational therapy: A quantitative pre/post evaluation of student learning. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 11(3), 1-10. doi:10.15453/2168-6408.2102

*Tyminski, Q.P., Johnson, J.N., Hung, V., & Gopman, J., (2023). Belonging in graduate health professions education- implications for occupational therapy education: A scoping review. The Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 7(4), 1-19. doi:10.26681/jote.2023.070406

Boden, L., Wolski, A., Rubin, A., Oliveira, L., & Tyminski, Q.P. (2021). A needs assessment exploring barriers and facilitators to menstrual hygiene management for women experiencing homelessness. Journal of Occupational Science, 1-16. doi:10.1080/14427591.2021.1944897

Drummond, R.R., Koziol, C., Yeats, H., & Tyminski, Q.P. (2021). The development of an occupational therapy student-run clinic in a homeless service agency. Journal of Student-Run Clinics, 7(1).

Tyminski, Q. P., Drummond, R.R., Heisey, C., Evans, S., Hendrix, R., Jaegers, L.A. & Baum, C.M. (2020) Initial development of the Activity Card Sort- Advancing Inclusive Participation from a Homeless Population Perspective. Occupational Therapy International, 2020, 1-8. doi:10.1155/2020/9083082

Gonzales, A., & Tyminski, Q. P. (2020) Sleep deprivation in an American homeless population. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. S2352-7218(20), 30004-30008. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2020.01.002

Tyminski, Q. P., & Gonzales, A., (2020). The importance of health management and maintenance occupations while homeless: A case study. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 1-5. doi: 10.3233/WOR-203081

Tyminski, Q. P., Nguyen, A., & Taff, S. D. (2019). Proposing a Metacurriculum for Occupational Therapy Education in 2025 and Beyond. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 3 (4). doi: 10.26681/jote.2019.030404

Tyminski, Q. (2018). The Development of a Role-Emerging Fieldwork Placement in a Homeless Shelter. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 2 (2). https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol2/iss2/7

Perlmutter, M. and Tyminski Q. (2017) A Community Based Experience to Enhance Occupational Therapy Student Clinical Skills with Clients with Mental illness. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education. 1(2). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2017.010203

Book Chapters and Others

Lannigan, E. & Tyminski, Q. P. (2021). The issue is…occupational therapy’s role in addressing the psychological and social impacts of COVID-19. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(5). doi: 10.5014/ajot.2021.0429327

Taff, S., Russell-Thomas, D., Tyminski, Q., Wilson, A., Barco, P., & Berg, C. (2021). OT amidst a pandemic. In A. L. Lynch, R. Ashcraft, & L. Tekell (Eds.), Promoting Healing Through Meaningful Occupation: A Trauma Informed Care Manual for the Occupational Therapy Practitioner. AOTA Press.

Tyminski, Q. (2020). The development of an assessment which provides a practical application of the concept of the dark side of occupation for practitioners and students. In R. Twinley (Ed.), The Dark Side of Occupation: International Perspective for Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. United Kingdom: Routledge.

Tyminski, Q., Bates, M., & Fette, C. (2019). Building Community Capacity for Mental Health Program Development in Underserved Populations. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 4(1), 20-22.

Tyminski, Q. (2019). Supporting Behavioral Change for Persons with Serious Mental Illness: An Application of Two Models. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections. 4(3), 19–21.

Schultz-Krohn, W., & Tyminski, Q. (CEA 2018) Community-built occupational therapy services for those who are homeless. OT Practice.

Awards and Honors

2023: Inducted into Academy of Educators, Washington University School of Medicine
2023: Rising Star Award, Academy of Educators, Washington University School of Medicine
2021: Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award, Washington University
2019: Outstanding Educator Award, Missouri Occupational Therapy Association

Tyminski, Quinn

Tyminski, Quinn, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Psychiatry

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

Phone: (314) 286-1656
Fax: (314) 286-0631
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