College of Health Professions

department of Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science

 

Faculty and Staff

 

Mary Beth Merryman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Interim Chairperson
Doctoral Program Director
Graduate Faculty
Professor

 

Office:   Enrollment Services, 256
Phone:   410-704-2272
Fax:   410-704-2322
E-mail:   bmerryman@towson.edu

"How we spend our days is of course
how we spend our lives." 
Annie Dillard

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. 
This is how character is built." 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Educational Background.

PhD, Policy Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
MS
, Health Science, Towson State University, Towson, Maryland
BS, Occupational Therapy, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

 

Areas of Professional Interest


Supports and barriers to community participation
Mental health and mental illness

Grant support
2012-present State Utilization and Impacts of Medicaid HCBS Waiver Services for Families and Children with Autism. Contract for Study 1 w co-investigator, N. Miller and Primary investigator K. Eskow.

2009-2012 Partnerships for Academic and Life Success (PALS): Youth Empowerment Program. Co -Primary Investigator, with M. Weinstein and J. Bush, $900,000/ 3 yrs. Partnerships for Academic and Life Success (PALS): Youth Empowerment Program.

2008 College of Health Professions External Mentoring Grant. Skill development in Participatory Action Research (PAR). $5000.

2004 Virtual Voices: A training experience to foster understanding of individuals who hear voices.
College of Health Professions Internal Teaching Grant with Director, TU Disability Support Services, $1000.


Courses Typically Taught

OCTH 314 Principles of Psychosocial Occupational  Therapy Practice


OCTH 603 Issues in Occupational Therapy


OCTH 781 Graduate Seminar in

Occupational Therapy


OCTH 880 Graduate Project in

Occupational Therapy

OSC 746: Participation and Quality of Life of

Communities and Populations

             

Publications

 

Merryman, M. B., Eskow, K., & Demchick, B. (in press). Mental health and emotional needs
in transition. In S. Schefkind, R. Gibson, and M. Orentlicher, (Eds.), Transitions and occupational therapy: A cross system review. Bethesda, MD: AOTA.

Reitz, S. M., Scaffa M. & Merryman, M. B. (2014). Theoretical frameworks for community-based practice. In M. Scaffa & S. M. Reitz (Eds.), Occupational therapy for community based practice (pp. 31-50). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Merryman. M. B., & Van Slyke, N. (2014). Legislation and policy issues. In M. Scaffa &
S. M. Reitz (Eds.), Occupational therapy for community based practice (pp. 51-60). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Yeager, J, Reitz, S. M., Merryman, M. B., & Lawson, S. (2014). Health promotion initiatives within academic communities. In M. Scaffa &S. M. Reitz (Eds.), Occupational therapy for community based practice (pp. 409-420). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Merryman, M. B., Mezei, A., Bush, J., & Weinstein, M. (2012). The effects of summer camp
experiences on protective factors of resilience in at-risk youth. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, (1)1, Article 3.

Bush J. A., Merryman, M. B., Weinstein, M., & Litzenberger, J. (2011). Physical activity in minority youth attending an after-school and summer camp program: PALS Program. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 43(5 supplement): S2364, American College of Sports Medicine.

Merryman, M. B. (2011). Attitudinal environment and stigma. In C. Brown & V. Stoffel (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation (pp. 399-414). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Merryman, M. B. (2011). Political and public policy environment. In C. Brown & V. Stoffel (Eds.), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation (pp. 383-398). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Merryman, M. B. (2010). Effects of simulated learning and facilitated debriefing on student understanding of mental illness. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 26(1) 18-31.

Merryman, M. B. (2010). Advocacy for occupational therapy and mental health issues. In M. Scheinholtz (Ed.), Occupational therapy in mental health: Considerations for advanced practice (pp. 267-279). Bethesda, MD: AOTA.

Merryman, M. B. (2010). Mental health policy and regulation. In M. Scheinholtz (Ed.), Occupational therapy in mental health: Considerations for advanced practice (311-326). Bethesda, MD: AOTA.

Eskow, K. & Merryman, M.B. (2009). Health promotion and the family. In M. Scaffa, S.M. Reitz & M. Pizzi (Eds.), Occupational therapy in the promotion of health and wellness (pp.415-433) Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Campbell, R., Rhynders, P., Riley, M., Merryman, M.B., and Scaffa M.E. (2009). Educating
practitioners for health promotion practice. In M. Scaffa, S.M. Reitz & M. Pizzi (Eds.), Occupational therapy in the promotion of health and wellness (pp. 512-527). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Merryman, M. B. & Riegel, S.K. (2007). The recovery process and individuals with serious mental illness living in the community: An occupational therapy perspective. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 23(2), 51-73.

Merryman, M. B. (2006). Supporting client recovery in home care: An occupational therapy approach. Home Health Care Management and Practice, 19, 1, 8-11.

 

 

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