College of Health Professions

Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science

Faculty and Staff


Therea Smith 


Theresa Smith
PhD, OTR/L, CLVT                            
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty


Office:   Enrollment Services, Room 251
Phone:   410-704-4437
Fax:   410-704-2322


Education & Certification

Ph.D.  in Occupational Therapy: NOVA Southeastern University
M.H.S. in Occupational Therapy: University of Indianapolis
B.H.S. in Occupational Therapy:  University of Florida

Certified Low Vision Therapist

Courses Typically Taught

OCTH 611 Advanced Theory and Philosophy

OCTH 613 Research Methods

OCTH 781 Graduate Project in Occupational Therapy

OCTH 880 Graduate Project in Occupational Therapy

Areas of Professional Interest

Low vision rehabilitation outcomes
Disaster response

Cognitive impairment secondary to cancer treatment


Comparative Studies of Low Vision Rehabilitation Outcome Measures   2012-2017

Total Funds: 2,044,757, Subcontractor to Johns Hopkins University and Co-PI: $165,191

National Eye Institute at the National Institute of Health

Selected Publications

Smith, T.M. (in press). Low vision services. In M. Scaffa & M. Reitz (Eds.), Occupational therapy in community-based practice settings (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis

Smith, T.M., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Providing occupational therapy for disaster survivors.  In B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. Scaffa (Eds.) Willard and Spackman's occupational therapy (12th ed., pp. 962-971). Baltimore, MD:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkens.

Smith, T.M. (2013). Refinement of the Low Vision Indepence Measure:  A qualitative study.  Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.  Early online version can be retrieved from doi: 10.3109/02703181.2013.813619

American Occupational Therapy Association. (2011). The role of occupational therapy in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. A concept paper. American Journal of Occupational Therapy (invited co-author of paper for AOTA Commission on Practice.

Smith, T. M., Drefus, A., & Hersch, G. (2011). Effects of hurricane Ike on graduate students’ habits, routines and roles. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 25(4), 283-297.doi:10.3109/07380577.2011.600426

Baxter, M. F., Dulworthy, A., & Smith, T. M. (2011). Identification of mild cognitive impairments in cancer survivors. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 25(1), 26-37.

Haines, C., Smith, T. M., & Baxter, M. F. (2010). Participation in the risk-taking
occupation of skateboarding. Journal of Occupational Science, 17(4), 239-245.

Smith, T.M., & Pizzi, M. (2009). Promoting health and successful aging through engagement occupation.  In M. Scaffa, S.M. Reitz, & M. Pizzi (Eds.), Occupational therapy in the promotion of health and wellness (pp. 454-469). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Smith, T. M., Thomas, K., & Dow, K. (2009). Results of an educational program for persons with macular degeneration: A pilot study. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 103(4), 234-240.

Smith, T. M., Ludwig, F., Andersen, L., Copolillo, A. (2009). Engagement in occupation and adaptation to low vision. Occupational Therapy in Healthcare, 23(2), 119-133.

Smith, T. M. (2008). Adaptation to low vision caused by age-related macular
degeneration: A case study. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. 102 (11), 725-730.


Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
Enrollment Services, Room 245

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2762
Fax: 410-704-2322





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