Lisa is passionate about the occupational therapy profession. She earned both her BS and MS degrees in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. She has been teaching in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program since 1996. Lisa has over 25 years of clinical experience in several practice areas, primarily with adults and the elderly in acute rehabilitation, outpatient, home health care, hand therapy, and skilled nursing facilities. In addition to teaching, she works with clients in outpatient rehabilitation at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine. She also consults in community settings for people with dementia and their caregivers. It is important to her to include her practice experiences in her teaching as she helps usher new practitioners into the profession. Enjoyment and finding humor is pivotal to her work in occupational therapy, as well. Learning should be rigorous, but fun for everyone involved – clients, students and teachers. She has contributed to the MOT Program in curriculum development with her colleagues, especially in the area of Service Learning in the community. Her areas of scholarly interest include issues of occupational justice, use of narrative in occupational therapy, and leadership.
Lisa is trained in NeuroDevelopmental Therapy, a technique used with adults with brain injuries. She is also certified to administer the AMPS (Assessment of Motor and Process Skills) through a course at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been very active in the Maine Occupational Therapy Association (MeOTA) as President, Secretary, Vice President (2011), and is the recipient of several MeOTA Awards for Leadership and Mentoring, most recently as Practitioner of the Year (2010). She was also honored with a USM Faculty Senate Award for excellence in service to the university. Lisa has presented at professional conferences in Maine, nationally and internationally.
Lisa loves being in Maine enjoying the outdoors with her spouse and teenage son, dogs, cat, and bird.