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

Office: 617.627.5720
Fax: 617.627.3722
Susan M. Higgins
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Lecturer

BS, MA, OTD in Occupational Therapy, Tufts University

Group and Psychosocial Practice; Cognitive Disabilities Model; Occupational Therapy Fieldwork; Animal-Assisted Therapy

My doctoral research focus was on identifying occupational therapy practitioners' current practice trends and views of group treatment in order to identify supports and barriers of group treatment, to identify future educational needs, and to propose recommendations to increase group work in occupational therapy practice. Other research interests include: clinical reasoning, occupational therapy fieldwork.


  • Extensive experience in mental health practice, with focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model.
  • New England Co-Trainer for the AOTA Fieldwork Educators Certificate Program.
  • Non-traditional and emerging practice fieldwork education models.

Selected Publications:

  • Higgins, S. M., Schwartzberg, S. L., Bedell, G., & Duncombe, L. W. (2014). Current Practice and Perceptions of Group Work in Occupational Therapy. Group, 38(4), 317-333.
  • Ostrove, B., Egan, N., & Higgins, S. (2012). Sensory Interventions. In Damon, L., Matthew, J., Sheehan, J., & Uebelacker, L. (Eds.). Inpatient Psychiatric Nursing: Clinical Strategies & Practical Interventions (pp. 335-348). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Higgins, S. M. (2011). A Review of: "Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: Considerations for Advanced Practice", Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 27(2), 193-195.
  • Higgins, S. M. (1998). The OT/OTA collaborative model of fieldwork education. OT Practice, 3, 41-44.


  • Marjorie B. Greene Award in Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, 2015
  • Who's Who among America's Teachers, 2006, 2007
  • Irene Allard Clinical Educator Award, NEOTEC, 1999

Professional Affiliations and Service:

  • Allen Cognitive Advisors, Ltd. �" 2003 to present
  • American Board of Disability Analysts �" 2004 to present
  • American Occupational Therapy Association �" 1986 to present