Tammy Vos-Draper, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS

Assistant Professor, Center for Allied Health Programs (CAHP)

Tammy Vos-Draper

Contact Info


Office Phone (507) 258-8256

PhD in Rehabilitation Science, University of MN 2014-2018

B.A. Occupational Therapy College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN 1993


Dr. Tammy Vos-Draper practiced clinically full-time for 24 years in adult rehabilitation practices, in the areas of spinal cord injury and disorders, wheelchair seating and mobility, and assistive technology. Her clinical practice experiences were in skilled nursing facilities, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation. Primary age groups included adult and older adults.

Dr. Vos-Draper conducts research to facilitate self-management of secondary conditions by wheelchair users. Her research on the use of real-time pressure mapping by wheelchair users to manage pressure injury prevention has been generously supported through federally funded grants since 2015. She maintains strong collaboration with Mayo Clinic and Minneapolis VA research teams to further develop, test, and implement a mobile seat interface pressure mapping system. Research interests include developing an assessment tool to measure self-efficacy around managing pressure and clinical integration of the pressure mapping system as a patient education strategy. Co-design with the end-user is a priority for developing the system and from the conception of this idea during her clinical practice at Mayo Clinic, input from wheelchair users has been critical. Part of Dr. Vos-Draper's research has included analysis of Actigraph sensor data collected over long periods of time in the home environment to objectively measure body movement in wheelchair users. Current projects include activity tracking in wheelchair users during routine activities of daily living and learning about how pressure injuries result from or interfere with participation in wheelchair-related sports or fitness activities.

Other areas of interest include adaptive CrossFit and fitness activities, specifically for wheelchair users and a strong interest in mind-body health and wellness through physical activity and daily routines/rituals.

Awards & Recognition

  • Clinician of the Year, Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association, 2012
  • CoDE Award recipient – “Portable, Affordable, Wireless Seat-Pressure Imaging for Wheelchair Users” Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, 2012.
  • Individual Award of Excellence, Mayo Clinic, 2006

Professional Associations

  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 
  • American Occupational Therapy Association 
  • Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America 


Research Summary/Interests

Prevention of secondary conditions (e.g. pressure injuries) in wheelchair users, self-efficacy measure development, activity monitoring through use of wearable sensors, aging in place for individuals with chronic conditions, adaptive fitness for wheelchair users.

Research Funding Grants

  • NIH R01: Development of Technologies to Increase In-Seat Movement to Prevent Sitting-Acquired Pressure Injuries in Wheelchair Users. Co-Primary Investigator. (PI: Morrow, Mayo Clinic) (2017-2022)
  • VA Merit: Refinement of the Comprehensive Mobile Assessment of Pressure (CMAP) System for Prevention of Pressure Injuries. Co-Investigator. (PI: Olney, Minneapolis VA) (2020-2024)


  • Vos-Draper, T., & Morrow, M. (2019). Trunk Movements Increase With Continuous At-Home Pressure Mapping in Wheelchair Users With SCI. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 100(12), e207-e208. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2019.10.145
  • Olney, C. M., Vos-Draper, T., Egginton, J., Ferguson, J., Goldish, G., Eddy, B., . . . Morrow, M. (2019). Development of a comprehensive mobile assessment of pressure (CMAP) system for pressure injury prevention for veterans with spinal cord injury AU - Olney, Christine M. The journal of spinal cord medicine, 1-10. doi:10.1080/10790268.2019.1570437
  • Morrow, M., Olney, C. M., Egginton, J., Ferguson, J., Goldish, G., Eddy, B., . . . Vos-Draper, T. (2019, April 5, 2019). Utilizing a Mixed Methods Approach in the Development and Assessment of Mobile Technology for Seated Pressure Injury Prevention. Paper presented at the Americal Spinal Injury Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Waikiki, Hawaii.
  • Vos-Draper, T., Morrow, M. M. B., Ferguson, J., & Mathiowetz, V. (2018). Self-efficacy for Pressure Reliefs Improves with Pressure Mapping. Paper presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Specialty Conference: Adult Rehabilitation, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Vos-Draper, T., & Morrow, M. (2017). Personal Pressure Mapping Technology for Ulcer Prevention. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 98(10), e92-e92. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2017.08.294
  • Vos-Draper, T., & Morrow, M. M. B. (2016). Seating-related pressure injury prevention in spinal cord injury: a review of compensatory technologies to improve in-seat movement behavior. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, 4(4), 320-328. doi:10.1007/s40141-016-0140-7
  • Vos-Draper, T., Rindflesch, A., & Morrow, M. M. B. (2013). Wireless, real-time seat interface pressure mapping with a smartphone as biofeedback for positioning and pressure relief. Paper presented at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America's 36th International Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Vos-Draper, T. (2013). Poster 29 Wireless seat interface pressure mapping on a smartphone: feasibility study in users with SCI. Paper presented at the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Beck L, Vos-Draper T. Pregnancy & Spinal Cord Injury. SCI nursing: a publication of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses. 2007 May.
  • Downer, L., Tescher, A., Vos-Draper, T., Lamb, J., Jacobson, T. M., & Miers, A. G. (2010). Reducing pressure, shear and discomfort on a lateral transfer chair: a comparison of three innovative seating surface designs. . Journal Of Wound Ostomy And Continence Nursing, 37(3), S132-S132.


Teaching Areas

  • RSC 5106 Introduction to Rehabilitation Science
  • OT 7177 Level I Fieldwork, Older Adults
  • OT 7541 Assistive Technology and Orthotics in OT Practice
  • OT 7332 Quantitative Research in OT
  • OT 7431 Qualitative Inquiry in OT
  • OT 7122 Mind & Body in OT Practice
  • OT 7641 Management of OT Practice
  • OT 7831 Professional and Grant Writing for OT
  • OT8995 OTD Capstone Project Advisor


Clinical Interests

Wheelchair seating and mobility, assistive technology, SCI/D