University of Southern Indiana

Mary Arvin

Mary Arvin, OTD, OTR, CHT

Chair of Occupational Therapy Program
Occupational Therapy Program

Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Program


812-492-7815
Stone Family Center for Health Sciences - 3047

Accepts Office Hours by Appointment

ABOUT Mary Kay Arvin

Dr. Arvin began her career as an occupational therapist in 1982.  She founded and managed Professional Therapy Services, Inc., an OT practice serving clients through early intervention programs, school systems and home healthcare.  She transitioned to outpatient OT practice in orthopedic and sports medicine in 1998 and became a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2000.  She has gained advanced practice skills in rehabilitation of shoulder, elbow and hand disorders.  

Dr. Arvin's teaching career began as an OT and OTA fieldwork educator during the early 1990's.   She accepted an adjunct instructor position for the OT program in 2007, followed by the OTA Program in 2008. She joined the OTA Program full time in 2009 as an instructor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.  She accepted the position of OTA Program Chair in 2012.

 EDUCATION

  • 1982    Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • 2010    Doctor of Occupational Therapy, St. Augustine University of the Health Sciences, St. Augustine, FL

 CERTIFICATIONS

  • 2000    Hand Therapy Certification (CHT)
  • 2008    Certification in Deep Physical Agent Modalities
  • 2011    Certification in Fieldwork Education

CURRENT COURSES 

Fall:

  • OTA 213    Pathophysiology & Conditions I
  • OTA 231    Therapeutic Media
  • OTA 232    Media & Modalities
  • UNIV 101  First Year Experience

Spring:  

  • OTA 214    Pathophysiology & Conditions II
  • OTA 242    Occupational Performance Components I
  • OTA 297    Practicum Seminar A

Summer:  

  • OTA 298    Practicum Seminar B
  • OTA 372    Management for the Occupational Therapy Assistant

FACULTY ADVISOR POSITIONS

  • Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)
  • Sigma Phi Omega (SPO) Honor Society in Gerontology

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & POSITIONS

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

  • 2015-16              Indiana Representative to AOTA Representative Assembly
  • 2013-14              Ad Hoc Committee Member - OTA Education Entry Level
  • 2012-present    Academic Leadership Council Member

Indiana Occupational Therapy Association

  • 2012-15             Southwest District Co-Chair

American Occupational Therapy Foundation

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

1982-present  Indiana State Committee of Occupational Therapy Licensure

1987-present  Kentucky Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy

RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

Evaluating Student Designed Academic Electronic Health Record Tutorial. An interprofessional learning activity evaluating the effectiveness of using video tutorials created by health informatics students for nursing and occupational therapy students to learn how to navigate and document within an academic electronic health record. 

Utilizing TeamsSTEPPS education to enhance communication and team performance during Interprofessional Simulation.  A descriptive study designed to evaluate students’ team performance skills after implementing a TeamSTEPPS training intervention. Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Therapy students are represented.  Manuscript in progress.

Survey of Gerontology, Dietetic, and Occupational Therapy Assistant Students’ Interprofessional Collaboration.  An interprofessional long term care dining simulation with students from Food & Nutrition, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Healthcare Administration courses.  Manuscript in progress.

IPE Challenge! Use of a Board Game Format to Promote Interprofessional Learning Among Faculty and Students. Data was collected to determine if active learning in a game environment promotes positive attitudes toward interprofessional education.  Manuscript in progress.

Evaluating Student Designed Academic Electronic Health Record Tutorial. An interprofessional learning activity evaluating the effectiveness of using video tutorials created by health informatics students for nursing and occupational therapy students to learn how to navigate and document within an academic electronic health record. 

Utilizing TeamsSTEPPS education to enhance communication and team performance during Interprofessional Simulation.  A descriptive study designed to evaluate students’ team performance skills after implementing a TeamSTEPPS training intervention. Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Therapy students are represented.  Manuscript in progress.

Survey of Gerontology, Dietetic, and Occupational Therapy Assistant Students’ Interprofessional Collaboration.  An interprofessional long term care dining simulation with students from Food & Nutrition, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Healthcare Administration courses.  Manuscript in progress.

IPE Challenge! Use of a Board Game Format to Promote Interprofessional Learning Among Faculty and Students. Data was collected to determine if active learning in a game environment promotes positive attitudes toward interprofessional education.  Manuscript in progress.


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