Caren M. Schranz, DrOT, OTR/L

  Department Chair
  708-235-7344 ext. 7344
  Office Location: G 145
  Office Hours: Wed., 1 - 3 p.m., Thurs., 10 a.m. - Noon, or by Appointment
  College: CHHS
  Occupational Therapy


Caren Schranz DrOT, MS, OTR/L


Occupational Therapy is a profession that I am passionate about and I am committed to providing a strong learning platform for students to become future OT practitioners.  

At Governors State University, I teach in the College of Health and Human Services in the Department of Occupational Therapy, in both the Post Professional Doctor (DrOT) and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Programs. I hold a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University, Chicago, IL and a Post Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Governors State University.

I enjoy teaching the Pediatric Assessment and Intervention I course. I elevate students to be strong in knowledge regarding pediatric development and conditions as well as compassionate future practitioners for children and their families. As a practicing pediatric therapist, I bring current and real-life examples and cases into the classroom to support student learning. I also teach Instructional Methods in the doctoral program and Management of Occupational Therapy in the Master program. Both courses allow the students to develop leadership skills and develop programs so they can manage and lead departments and be future agents of change and potential entrepreneurs. 

I am also the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the MOT program. In this role, I teach fieldwork related courses on professionalism, interpersonal relationship and supervision. I am responsible for securing and assigning fieldwork opportunities for students to gain entry-level competency.

My research agenda is focused primarily on children and families and understanding how to support participation in everyday life activities.  Coaching caregivers to generate strategies to support children with disabilities in play is a strong focus of mine.  This allows me to collaborate with families in local communities to hopefully bring about a change in their lives. I value being a presenter at national AOTA and state ILOTA conferences.

At GSU, I am involved in several committees at the department, college and university levels. I take seriously my role as a member of the OT faculty and the continual work within the department. I value the relationship with the Family Development Center at GSU to support the overall health and well-being of the children they serve. I also value my involvement on Graduate Council to support policy of the university’s graduate programs. I serve on the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association board as the Sensory Integration chair.