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Khalilah R. Johnson PhD, MS, OTR/L

Khalilah R. Johnson


Khalilah R. Johnson

Khalilah R. Johnson is not currently accepting clients, but would like to connect with fellow OT professionals.


Dr. Johnson is an occupational therapy practitioner and health equity researcher. She is also the co-host of Dr. thOTs Podcast.


Khalilah is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Science in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She also serves as an affiliate research faculty member in the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention at Virginia Commonwealth University. Broadly, Dr. Johnson’s research sits at the intersections of critical qualitative methodologies, intellectual and developmental disabilities, health equity, disability and social justice. Additionally, she is involved in research aimed to address pathways to occupational therapy education for Black students and racial equity in occupational science and occupational therapy curricula. Her research interests are informed by 16 years of clinical experience spanning Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Dr. Johnson is an activist scholar. She was named the 2022 Hortense McClinton Outstanding Faculty Award by the UNC Alumni Association, the 2021 MLK Unsung Hero by the UNC Office for Diversity and Inclusion and UNC Office of the Provost, as well as recognized by the Brenau University Alumni Hall of Fame. Additionally, she is a member of the inaugural cohort of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Scholars for Action grantees. Dr. Johnson sits on the boards of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Scientific Advisory Council, the American Journal of Occupational TherapyAutism in Adulthood, and the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity.

Listen to Khalilah R. Johnson on the OT Potential Podcast

  • Anti-racist OT Praxis
  • Racism and Occupation
  • Beyond Cultural Competence in OT