Khalilah R. Johnson

Research Assistant Professor
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Bondurant Hall 2062 – CB #7122
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • PhD, Occupational Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, Brenau University Women’s College
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, Brenau University Women’s College

Professional Societies

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus
  • Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity
  • Society for the Study of Occupation USA
  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Advocacy and Policy Coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association

Recent Publications

Bogenschutz M, Dinora P, Johnson KR. 2019. Case management workforce supporting people with ID/DD: Indications of a new frontier of the workforce crisis. Intellect Dev Disabil. [in press]

Johnson KR, Bagatell N. 2019. Negotiating tensions on the front-line: Circuits of accountability and self-governance in institutional care of adults with intellectual disability. Work Employ Soc. [in press]

Belgrave FZ, Gary KW, Johnson KR. Culture, race, and disability. In: D. Dunn’s, editor, Understanding the experience of disability: Perspectives from social and rehabilitation psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2019. p. 122-136.

Johnson KR, Blaskowitz M, Mahoney W. 2019. Occupational therapy practice with adults with intellectual disability: What more can we do? Open J Occup Ther. 7(2).

Johnson KR, Dickie V. What is occupation? In: B.A.B. Schell, G. Gillen, editors, Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy 13th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer; 2019. p. 2 – 10.

Gary KW, Sima A., Wehman P, Johnson KR. 2018. Transitioning racial/ethnic minorities with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Influence of socioeconomic status on related services. Career Dev Transit Except Individ.

Johnson KR, Bagatell N. 2018. “No! You can’t have it:” Problematizing choice in institutionalized adults with intellectual disabilities. J Intell Disabil.

Johnson KR, Bagatell N. 2017. Beyond custodial care: Mediating choice and participation for adults with intellectual disabilities. J Occup Sci. 24(4): 546-560. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1363078

Shotwell M, Johnson KR, Miranda I. Evaluation. In: H. S. Gabai, S. Holm, editors, Occupational therapy practice in acute care. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association Press; 2017. p. 37 – 62.

Robinson K, Shotwell M. Evaluation of the acute care patient. In: H. S. Gabai, editor Occupational therapy practice in acute care. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association Press; 2011. p. 1 – 39

Khalilah Johnson, PhD