Occupational Therapy Program

Roxie Black PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Professor Emerita
Roxie Black photo

Office Location


Faculty Office Hours Fall 2016

Office hours by appointment


207- 753-6515

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Educational Studies, Lesley University, 2002
  • M.S. in Adult Education, University of Southern Maine, 1989
  • B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, 1968


Dr. Roxie M. Black has been at USM since 1997, holding the position of Program Director until 2013.  She earned an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy at Boston University in 1968, her master’s degree in Adult Education from USM, and her PhD in Educational Studies from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in 2002.  Roxie has been an OT educator since 1983.  Her clinical experience includes 25 years of practice in pediatrics, working with children from infancy to young adulthood.  Roxie teaches theory courses, pediatrics practice, and social issues and ethics.

The focus of Roxie’s scholarship has been on issues of culture and diversity, and curriculum transformation.  She is the co-author of two books (with a third being published in the fall of 2015) on cultural competency and effectiveness, and has published multiple journal articles and book chapters on these subjects.  Roxie has made numerous presentations locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, and has received the prestigious “Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association” (FAOTA) award for her work. 

Personally, Roxie has two adult children, four precious grandchildren, a rescue dog and two very active and crazy felines.  Her favorite occupations are spending time with family and friends, teaching, writing, gardening, going to the movies and live theater productions, and lolling on the beach (although there is never enough time for this in Maine).  Her greatest joy is being Nana to grandchildren Caleb, Emma, Micah, and Aliza.