Megan S. Strauss, MS, OTR/L

Megan S. Strauss MS, OTR/L

Coordinator, Academic Fieldwork

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Education

BS in Health & Occupation; MS in Occupational Therapy, Elizabethtown College

Research Interests

  • Active Learning – Adult-Learning Theory, Active/Integrated level I experiences
  • Fieldwork Education – Supporting the development of fieldwork educators and the success of students on level I and level II fieldwork

Synopsis

Occupational Roles

Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Occupational Therapist, Educator, Gardener, and Animal Lover 

Occupational History

Megan describes herself as a lifelong learner. She has always enjoyed teaching students, families, and her clients – aka “her children”. She believes in the value of educating and connecting with the family in improving child outcomes. Educating, learning, and ultimately enjoying life are core focuses in Megan’s life. After earning and MS in Occupational Therapy, Megan has worked in various pediatric settings, including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, medical daycare, schools, and early intervention. She has presented at various conferences including AOTA, POTA, and Clinical Council Day. Megan is certified in Therapeutic Listening, Saebo, and Advanced Physical Agent Modalities. She has a specialty certificate in Pediatric Aquatic Therapy.

Megan is the mother to an active preschooler who keeps her very busy. In her spare time, Megan enjoys taking on many projects around the house. She enjoys refinishing furniture, decorating, and gardening. Megan enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and playing blackjack or poker at the casino with her husband. She is often found cooking a new recipe or baking from scratch. Megan also enjoys relaxation time with her dog, son, and husband.

Megan believes in the value of hands-on active learning to develop clinical, professional, and interpersonal skills. She has worked full time as an assistant professor and involved in fieldwork education at USciences for over 5 years.

Clinical Practice

Megan’s passion is in pediatrics. She continues to work with children privately and through early intervention with Sunny Days. Megan previously worked for Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital where she worked primarily with kids with sensory processing disorder, neurological conditions, autism, ADHD, and developmental delays on land and through aquatic therapy. She has also had the opportunity to work with children in schools across the country through the telerehabilitation model and work with adults with hand injuries at Virtua.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Strauss, M. Patro, J., & Vitale, J. (2019, May). Problem-based learning as a level I fieldwork experience: Integrating knowledge and skills across the curriculum. Poster presentation at the Annual Educational Innovations Poster Session, Philadelphia, PA.

Calabrese, J., Strauss, M., & Trivinia, B. (2019, March). How to foster student success as a new fieldwork educator. Presentation at the Philadelphia Region Fieldwork Consortium 25th Annual Clinical Council Day, Philadelphia, PA.

Roberts, N. & Strauss, M. (2018, October). A Pilot Study of an Emerging Practice Level II to Promote Occupation-based, Client-centered Practice within Vision 2025. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit, Louisville, KY.

Johnson, C. & Strauss, M. (2018, March). Translating knowledge into practice: Why is it so hard and how can fieldwork students help? Session presented at the Philadelphia Region Fieldwork Consortium’s Clinical Council Day, Philadelphia, PA.

Strauss, M. & Lockhart-Keene, L. (2017, October). Level I fieldwork: Creating an active experience. Session presented at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, State College, PA.

Strauss, M. & Ricciardelli, M. (2017, April). Setting up supportive fieldwork environments for students with disabilities: A descriptive case study of a student with a visual impairment. Poster presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Strauss, M. & Lockhart-Keene, L. (2017, March). Level I fieldwork: It’s not just observation. Presentation at the Philadelphia Region Fieldwork Consortium 23rd Annual Clinical Council Day, Philadelphia, PA.

Contact Information

Office location: Glasser Hall, Room 301
Mailing address: Mail Box #8
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-895-1172
Office Fax: 215-596-7043
Email:

m [dot] strauss [at] usciences [dot] edu