Meredith Madden


Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

Dr. Madden joined the faculty of the Athletic Training Education program at the University of Southern Maine in 2018.  She earned her BS in Athletic Training and EdD from Boston University in Boston, MA; her MA in Psychology from Washington College in Chestertown, MD; and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service in Portland, ME. In 2020, she established the MSAT simulation program and formally earned the national Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator® credential in 2022.

In the classroom, Meredith’s areas of contemporary expertise in teaching focus on healthcare administration and professional responsibility to prepare and mentor students for a successful transition to practice; and acute care and non-orthopedic evaluation where she emphasizes critical reasoning skills through the use of simulation, and frameworks based on healthcare quality, patient safety, and interprofessional education.

Meredith has experience providing athletic training services in diverse clinical backgrounds, including high school, collegiate (DI & DIII), and semi-professional (women’s tackle football). She continues to keep her athletic training skills current through per diem coverage as well as serving her community as a medical volunteer at marathons and Special Olympics Maine events. 

Her passion lives in her service and leadership activities. She currently is the District 1 representative for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Professional Development Committee, is a trained peer-to-peer crisis member of NATA ATs Care Commission, and is a member of the AT Academy in the National Academies of Practice as well as an active member of USM’s Interprofessional Education Committee. Meredith also sits on the Board of Directors for the Special Olympics Maine and is a Healthy Athletes Health Promotion Clinical Director.

Dr. Madden’s research interests include concussion education with an emphasis on individuals with neurodiverse needs and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, simulation in athletic training education, interprofessional education, and healthcare quality and patient safety in athletic training/athletic training education, specifically health literacy and quality improvement.