Thomas J. Mernar, Ph.D., OTR
Occupational Science informs the content of my courses and the methodology of my research.
Understanding the form, function, and meaning of occupation (any daily activity that has meaning and purpose) is an important aspect of not only fostering client-centered occupational therapy practice but it also serves to benefit the health and well-being of the clients we serve. In clinical occupational therapy practice, I believe in great value of maintaining a heightened awareness of what a client's level of meaning and importance is to the interventions that are provided. In doing so, the client's experience and doing of occupations can be more transformative at improving occupational competence. My research foci in occupational science has focused on the understanding of the neurophysiological processes of occupation as well as how occupation and environment influence perceived health states.
- Ph.D., University of Southern California
- M.S., Seton Hall University
- B.A., Rutgers University
- Penelope Louise Richardson Award, University of Southern California, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, May 16, 2008
- American Association for the Advancement of Science Award, University of Southern California School of Dentistry, March 5, 2008
- Measuring stress in humans: A practical guide for the field (Book Review)
American Journal of Human Biology, 19(6), 893- 895,
- Occupation, stress, and biomarkers: Measuring the impact of occupational injustice
Journal of Occupational Science, 13(3), 209- 213,
- Immediate and long-term changes in corticomotor output in response to rehabilitation: correlation with functional improvements in chronic stroke
Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 18(4), 230- 249,