Health and Human Sciences


Occupational Therapy


Child Development

Areas of Expertise

Child development, Early childhood education

Lisa Fyffe

Lisa Fyffe, assistant professor of occupational therapy and occupational therapy fieldwork educator at the Colorado State University Early Childhood Center, focuses on understanding the relationship between children’s play and learning readiness.

The Early Childhood Center is a Reggio-Emilia-inspired, play-based early childhood center serving children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Fyffe conducts research and supervises occupational therapy fieldwork students at the Early Childhood Center. Her research interests include occupational therapy and early childhood teacher collaboration, occupational therapy’s role with typically developing children within early childhood education, and school readiness following play-based education.

Fyffe‘s clinical experience includes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, outpatient and inpatient pediatric practice, P-12 school-based practice and home-based private practice. She currently practices at the CSU Early Childhood Center.

Fyffe received a B.S. in occupational therapy from CSU in 1999 and her M S. in occupational therapy from CSU in 2006. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science. Her dissertation is titled: “Entering Kindergarten After Play-based Early Childhood Education: An Exploratory Cross-Case Study.”