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Seton Hall University
Mara Podvey

 

Mara Podvey, PhD, OTR, PMH-C, FAOTA
Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy

(973) 275-2843
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Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus
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Mara Podvey, PhD, OTR, PMH-C, FAOTA

Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy

I began my occupational therapy journey as a member of the first graduating class of occupational therapists from Seton Hall University in 2000. My early career included clinical work in pediatrics in school, clinic, community, and home-based settings. I quickly became interested in the impact of culture on the development of children. In 2009, I graduated from New York University with a PhD in occupational therapy with a focus in early childhood transitions from a family perspective. In 2010, I joined the faculty of the Occupational Therapy program at Seton Hall University.

I teach courses across the occupational therapy curriculum, including foundational occupational therapy courses and pediatrics-focused courses. For the past several years I have collaborated with colleagues on an interprofessional pediatrics program for professional level students, for which we were awarded the School of Health and Medical Sciences Interprofessional Education Faculty Award in 2017. My current clinical practice interests include pediatrics and perinatal health. My scholarly work includes early childhood transitions, the co-development of a pediatric scissors skills program, and promoting and advancing women’s health occupational therapy.

In addition to clinical practice, teaching, and scholarship, I am an active member of my professional occupational therapy community. I co-founded the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Women’s Health Community of Practice in 2018, an international learning community of AOTA members with an interest in occupational therapy practice focused specifically on the needs of women and girls. In 2021, I had the honor of being added to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows.