Dr. Ashlea D. Cardin


Occupational Therapy

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Occupational Therapy
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • 2015 OTD, Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy – St. Catherine University 
  • 1999 MSOT, Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • 1997 BS, Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, Missouri State University


  • OTE 610
  • OTE 640
  • OTE 732
  • OTE 749
  • OTE 750
  • OTE 798

Professional experience

  • AOTA Board Certified Pediatric Occupational Therapist (BCP)
  • Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT)
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Developmental Care Specialist Designation
  • Licensed Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS®) Professional
  • Licensed, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • Registered, Missouri State Board of Occupational Therapy

Research and professional interests

  • Occupational deprivation
  • Neonatal occupational therapy practice
  • Premature and medically fragile infant feeding skills and progression
  • Theoretical and evidence-based foundations for OT practice
  • Family systems and parent-infant co-occupation
  • Cultural humility in healthcare (specific to the local Old Order Amish community)

Awards and honors

  • Mind’s Eye Selectee (2024 Issue) – MSU Strategic Communications, Marketing and Communications
  • 2023 Faculty Excellence in Community Engagement Award – MSU Public Affairs
  • 2022 Missouri Foundation for Health - Dr. Corinne Walentik Leadership in Health Award
  • Mercy Health System Award – 20+ years of service
  • 2020 Washington University School of Medicine Program in Occupational Therapy Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2016 Springfield Business Journal’s Healthcare Champion (Therapist)