Dr. Christy Isbell

Program Director and Area Chair of Occupational Therapy; Professor of Occupational Therapy

McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, Thompson Center, Office 204
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Dr. Christy Isbell holds a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and a Master in Health Sciences with a speciality in occupational therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. Her Ph.D. is in Child Development and Family Studies from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Isbell is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and has more than twenty years of experience. She has worked in school systems, hospitals, outpatient facilities, homes and child-care centers. She is trained in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Sensory Integration Treatment of children. She specializes in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder and Cerebral Palsy. Isbell maintains her clinical expertise by providing OT services to infants, toddlers and young children.

Her award winning books Sensory Integration: A guide for preschool teachers (2007), Mighty Fine Motor Fun: Fine motor activities for preschoolers (2010), and Everyday Fun: Getting your young child ready for school (2010) are resources for OT practitioners, teachers and parents. Isbell co-authored The Inclusive Learning Center Book for Young Children with Special Needs (2005) and The Complete Learning Spaces Book for Infants and Toddlers (2003).  Her latest collaboration is the three book series, Learn Every Day: Building strong foundations for infants, toddlers, and twos (2013). She has written articles and presented on early childhood and OT topics at national and international conferences.

Isbell is responsible for teaching courses on the foundations of occupational therapy, child and adult development, and pediatric occupational therapy.

Isbell and her husband, Bryan Weems, have two daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth.

Topics of Expertise: Child Development, Fine (Small) Motor Development, Young Children with Special Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sensory Integration