Boston University, B.S. in Occupational Therapy; University of Southern Maine, M.S. in Adult Education; Lesley University, Ph.D. in Educational Studies.
Professor Black has been part of the MOT program since the fall of 1997. She served as Director of the program from 1997-2014. She has been an OT Educator for over twenty five years, holding positions of clinical director, level I fieldwork coordinator, tenured associate professor, assistant department chair, and acting department chair at the University of New England, prior to coming to USM. Professor Black's clinical experience includes twenty-five years of practice in pediatrics, working with children from infancy through adolescence. She taught the TOTEMS course in Maine and was SCSIT certified.
Professor Black teaches courses in Research, Ethics and Occupational Therapy theory.
Her Ph.D in educational studies, focused on multicultural curricula for health professions. Her dissertation research examines the meaning of cultural competence.
She has made numerous international, national and local presentations, has published several articles and book chapters on issues of diversity; and is the co-author of a book entitled "Culture & Occupation: A Model of Empowerment in Occupational Therapy". Professor Black had the honor of being inducted into the prestigious Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association at the AOTA National Conference in Miami, 2002.