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.
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 in the process of the development and validation of an assessment tool to identify the unique occupational participation of the homeless population including those occupations that are illegal, risky or immoral.
Dr. Tyminski is the course master for Fundamentals of Professional Communication, Professional Immersion in Occupational Therapy, and Evaluation and Intervention Adult and Older Adults II. She also assists with various community-based mental health modules in the Program’s Case-Based Learning II course.
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.
Tyminski, Q. P., Drummond, R.R., Heisey, C., Evans, S., Hendrix, R., Jaegers, L.A. & Baum, C.M. (in press) Initial development of the Activity Card Sort- Advancing Inclusive Participation from a Homeless Population Perspective. Occupational Therapy International.
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
Schultz-Krohn, W., & Tyminski, Q. (CEA 2018) Community-built occupational therapy services for those who are homeless. OT Practice.
Tyminski, Quinn, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH
Instructor in Occupational Therapy and Psychiatry
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