M. Beth Merryman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Chairperson, Doctoral Program Director, Graduate Faculty

M. Beth Merryman, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Contact Information

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Education

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 Expertise

Supports and barriers to community participation of marginalized populations, particularly those with serious mental illness

Community based health and mental health policy

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.

Select Publications

  • Miller, N. A., Merryman, M.B., Schockley, E., Eskow, K., Chasson, G. (2016). State use of Medicaid 1915 © waivers and related benefits to provide services to children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Merryman, M.B., Miller, N.A., Shockley, E., Eskow, K., & Chasson, G. (2015). State adoption of Medicaid 1915© waivers for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder. Disability and Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.03.003 .
  • Merryman, M. B., Mezei, A., Bush, J., & Weinstein, M. (2012). The effects of a summer camp experience on factors of resilience in at-risk youth. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy,(1), 1, Article 3.
  • 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.  & 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.
  • Merryman, M. & Richert, G. (2001). Developing consultation services in hospital based mental health: A strategic process. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 17, 1.
  • Merryman, M. & Kannenberg, K. (1994). The role of occupational therapy with the seriously mentally ill. Continuum:  Developments in ambulatory mental health care, 1,3.
  • Richert, G. & Merryman, M. (1987). A model for vocational services. International Journal for Partial Hospitalization, 4,1.
  • Richert, G. & Merryman, M.  (1987). The vocational continuum: A model for providing vocational services in a partial hospitalization program. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 7,3.

Select Presentations

  • Merryman, M. B. & Synovec, C. Expanding mental health occupational therapy to emerging settings: Provider perspectives. Research poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA: Mar 31.
  • Invited panel moderator at the International Society for the Study of Occupation Annual Research Conference: USA CSOS in Portland, ME entitled, Disability and Family Occupations. August 2016
  • Merryman, M.B. & Synovec, C. (2016). Effects of consultative occupational therapy interventions on homeless adults with serious mental illness. Research poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: April 8.
  • Yeager, J, Merryman, M.B., Wilson, J., & Piggott, D. (2015). Models for Level I mental health fieldwork. Short course at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Merryman, M.B. (2014). Promoting positive mental health in at-risk middle school youth, research paper presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Merryman, M.B. (2014). Expanding occupational possibilities through community-based public policies. Joint International Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Globalization & Occupational Science: Partnerships, Methodologies & Research. Research poster.
  • Miller, N.A., Merryman, M.B., Chasson, G., Eslow, K., & Shockley, E. (2014). State approaches to providing Medicaid Long-term services and supports to children and youth with autism spectrum disorders, research poster at the American Public Health Association National Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Bailliard, A., Clark, F., Laliberte-Rudman, D., Merryman, B., Shaw, L., Wood, W., & Pierce, D. (2013).  Doctoral programs in occupational science: Diversity and potential. Panel presentation.  Lexington, Kentucky: 12th Annual Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation.
  • Merryman, M.B. (2010). Engaging youth: Participatory action research methods in the development and implementation of a youth empowerment program. Canadian Society for the Study of Occupation and the U.S. Society to Study Occupation Joint Research Conference, London, Ontario, Canada. Research poster.
  • Merryman, M.B. & Weinstein, M. (2002). Occupational therapy practitioners and students:  Opportunities for consultation and advocacy. World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Stockholm, Sweden

Service

  • Towson University Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science Department Chairperson 2014-present
  • Doctoral Program, Director 2012-present
  • Occupational Therapy and Mental Health, Editorial Board, 2014-present