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Mary Barnes
Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of Occupational
574 Boston Ave. 
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.5960
Fax: 617.627.3722
Mary Alicia Barnes, OTD
Doctoral Experiential Coordinator

BS, MS, OTD in Occupational Therapy, Tufts University

Group Theory & Practice; Functional Group Model; Occupational Therapy Fieldwork, Mentoring

Scholarship / Research:
My current and ongoing scholarship focus is on development of an instrument to measure outcomes of group leader training related to common leader behaviors. I continue to participate in research projects regarding occupational therapy fieldwork and community based program evaluation.
Web page: Fieldwork Educator Resources

Selected Publications:

  • Schwartzberg, S. L., & Barnes, M. A. (2014). Functional Group Model: An occupational therapy approach, Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy, 23, 2, E7-E26.
  • Roberts, M., Evenson, M., Kaldenburg, J., Barnes, M. A., & Ozelie, R. (2015, May 25). Fieldwork Education Survey: Demand for Innovative and creative solutions. OT Practice, 15-16.
  • Schwartzberg, S.L., & Barnes, M. A. (2012). The functional group model. In Kleinberg, J. (ed.) Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of group psychotherapy. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Barnes, M. A., & Schwartzberg, S. (2009). Functional Group Model: Theoretical case study, in Kielhofner, G. (ed.), Conceptual Foundations in Occupational Therapy, Philadelphia: FA Davis.
  • Evenson, M. E., & Barnes, M. A. (2009). Introduction; Evaluation Modules, AOTA Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program, Bethesda: The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
  • Schwartzberg, S. L., Howe, M. C., & Barnes, M. A. (2008). Groups: Applying the Functional Group Model. Philadelphia: FA Davis.


  • Marjorie B. Greene Award 2017 for leadership in occupational therapy
  • MAOT Catherine Trombly Award, 2009 for contributions to the profession in the areas of education, research and publication
  • Irene Allard Clinical Education Award, 1998
  • NEOTEC Appreciation Award; 1999, 1992

Professional Affiliations and Service:

  • American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
  • Calmer Choice Outcomes Committee (2010-2014); Advisory Board (2018-present)
  • Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy (Strategic Planning, 2002; 2008; 2012)
  • New England Occupational Therapy Education Council, Inc. Steering Committee
  • Northeast Society for Group Psychotherapy (Conference Committee 215-present)
  • Walnut Street Center Human Rights Committee (2009-present)