Colleen Maher OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Colleen Maher OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Program Director of the Post-bac MOT Program

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Education

OTD Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (University of St. Augustine, 2010)

MS Post Professional Masters Occupational Therapy (Columbia University, 1996 )

BS Occupational Therapy (Temple University, 1986)

AS Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (Mount Aloysius College, 1979)

Synopsis

Occupational Roles

Mother, sister, occupational therapist, educator, church member and friend

Occupational History

Colleen’s most meaningful occupation is being a mother to her two beautiful daughters. 

Clinical Practice

Colleen has over 35 years experience working in hospitals, hand clinics and home care. She is a certified hand therapist and is certified in manual lymph drainage. During Colleen’s 20 years of clinical experience in a community hospital, she was the supervisor of Occupational Therapy and specialized in hand therapy. She was a member of the Cancer Committee and helped to establish a Lymphedema Support Group and Pink Ribbon Program for breast cancer survivors. Colleen’s research interests include Upper Extremity Orthopaedics and Cancer Management. She is presently working with Dr. Mendonca and the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia to provide activity based camps for cancer survivors in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Selected Scholarly Activity

PUBLICATIONS

Maher, C. & Mendonca, R. (2018). Impact of an activity based program on health, quality of life and occupational performance of women with cancer. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(2),7202205040p1-7202205040p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.023663.

Maher, C., Yoon, S., Donovan, S., & Mendonca, R. (2018). Reliability of the Bulb Dynamometer for Assessing Grip Strength. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy,6(2).

Maher, C.M. (2017).  Musculoskeletal system disorders. In R.P. Flemming-Castaldy (Ed.). National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam: Review and Study Guide.  (8th ed.), Evanston, IL: Therapy Ed/IER.

Maher, C.M. & Flemming-Castaldy, R.P. (2017). Biomechanical approaches: Evaluation and intervention.  In R.P. Flemming-Castaldy (Ed.). National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam: Review and Study Guide. (8th ed.), Evanston, IL: Therapy Ed/IER.

Maher, C.M. & Flemming-Castaldy, R.P. (2015). Biomechanical approaches: Evaluation and intervention.  In R.P. Flemming-Castaldy (Ed.). National OTA Certification Exam: Review and Study Guide. (3rd ed.), Evanston, IL: Therapy Ed/IER.

Maher, C.M. (2015). Musculoskeletal system disorders. In R.P. Flemming-Castaldy (Ed.). National OTA Certification Exam: Review and Study Guide. (3rd ed.), Evanston, IL: Therapy Ed/IER.

Maher, C. M. (2014). Orthopaedic Conditions. In C. A. Trombley Latham & M.V. Radomski (Eds.). Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, 7th edition, Lippincott: Philadelphia, PA.

Maher, C. & Bear Lehman, J. (2008). Orthopaedic Conditions. In C. A. Trombley Latham & M.V. Radomski (Eds.). Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, 7th edition, Lippincott: Philadelphia, PA.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Mendonca, R., Maher, C., Bauer, A., & Lyons, R. (2018). Establishing Norms for the Bulb Dynamometer and Evaluating Pain and Comfort Differences between the Bulb and Jamar Dynamometers. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Maher, C. & Mendonca, R. (2018). Evaluation of a one-week occupation based program on pain, fatigue, participation, and satisfaction of women with cancer living in the community. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mendonca, R. & Maher, C. (2017). Evaluation of a one-week occupation-based program on the health and participation of women with cancer living in the community. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Maher, C. & Mendonca, R. (2016). Update on Breast Cancer Management: The role of occupational therapy. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Poole, S., Maher, C.M. & Berger, S. (2016). Evidence Based Occupational Therapy for Home Care Patients with Common Upper Limb Injuries: a Problem-Solving Approach, (short course) Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Maher, C.M., Poole, S. & Berger, S. (2015). An Evidence Based Approach for the Management of Peripheral Nerve Injuries, POTA, Scranton, Pa

Liberman, D., Bondoc, S., Maher, C.M., Kitsu, L. Erickson, K. Haskins, A. &Doyle, P. Invited panel presentation: (April 18, 2015). AOTA’s Evidence-Exchange:  Experience from the Field. AOTA Annual Conference 2015, Nashville, Tn.

Maher, C.M. & Mendonca, R. (2014, May).Inter-rater and Intra-rater Reliability of the Bulb Dynamometer for Assessing Grip Strength,  Third Annual OT Summit of Scholars, Philadelphia, Pa.

Maher, C.M. & Mendonca, R. (2014, April).Inter-rater and Intra-rater Reliability of the Bulb Dynamometer for Assessing Grip Strength,  (Poster):American Occupational Therapy Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

Mendonca, R. & Maher, C.M. (2014, May 10). Evaluation of a One-week Occupation Based Camp on the Perception of Occupational Performance for Women with Cancer.  (Research Forum):American Occupational Therapy Conference, Baltimore, Maryland.

Maher, C.M. & Mendonca, R. (2013, October). Shoulder Conditions: Biomechanical Implications for Engagement in Occupations,  (Workshop):Pennsylvania State Occupational Therapy Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Maher, C.M. & Mendonca, R. (2013, May). Reliability of Two Tape Measures to Assess Distal Forearm and Hand Circumference, Second Annual OT Summit of Scholars, Chicago, Il.

Contact Information

Office location: 4500 Woodland Ave, Room 127
Mailing address: Box 8
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-7342
Email:

c [dot] maher [at] usciences [dot] edu