Cavenaugh Kelly


Occupational Therapist, Writer, Teacher

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. I have a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Narratives. My textbook on teaching healthcare students through stories, Narrative Lessons, was published in 2015 (ASH Leaf Publications).

Prior to teaching at Husson, I worked as an occupational therapist in various settings.
I worked as a journalist for over ten years at several New England newspapers, earning Maine Press Association awards for my writing and photography. As a fiction writer, I have published stories in various peer-reviewed literary magazines, including The Connecticut Review, Birmingham Arts Journal, Slice, MacGuffin, Red Wheelbarrow, and Barrier Islands Review, among other publications.


  • Teaching Empathy through Stories
    What is empathy? Is empathy a given trait, or something that can be improved upon? Are we living in a less empathic world? Can empathy be taught? Why is empathy important in healthcare? Can we teach healthcare workers to be more empathic? Can we teach healthcare workers to be more empathic through stories? What kinds of stories facilitate empathy?