Colleen K. Spellman, OTD
Colleen K. Spellman, OTD

Colleen K. Spellman, OTD

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha Campus

Academic Appointments


  • Occupational Therapy


  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • OTD 317 Occupational Therapy with Mental Health
  • OTD 423 Occupational Therapy with Elders
  • OTD 457 Physical Rehabilitation III


Dr. Spellman is a Nebraska native who earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University in 2002.  Dr. Spellman has 17 years of OT practice experience in many areas including inpatient rehabilitation with an emphasis on spinal cord injury and assistive technology application for children and adults, outpatient pediatric therapy, home health care, skilled nursing care (as a manager and therapist) and in a surgical hospital focused on post op care of orthopedic procedures.   Dr. Spellman has also served as an adjunct professor at the College of Saint Mary’s instructing occupational therapy students on assistive technology. She continues to work at Lincoln Surgical Hospital (PRN) to keep up her clinical skills and provides consultation as an expert witness for cases that involve occupational therapy services. This is her first year of full-time academia as a Clinical Instructor.  Dr. Spellman is teaching Occupational Therapy with Older Adults, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health and Physical Rehabilitation III.. She is the faculty advisor/moderator of the Creighton Ability Network (CAN). Dr. Spellman serves on the board of Ace’s Impact bringing awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Children and serves as the Vice President of Skilled and Home Health for the board of the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association.

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Evidence Based Practice and Protocols 
    Efficiency/Productivity in OT Treatment