Martina ‘Tina’ McNulty, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor, OT Programs


San Marcos, CA


College of Rehabilitative Sciences




Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Resources, Colorado State University
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University

Research Interests

Comprehensive behavioral intervention for people with tics
Quality of life and cognitive strategy use with people with Parkinson's disease
Early intervention occupational therapy with people with psychosocial conditions

Tina McNulty, PhD, OTR/L is an educator, researcher and clinician energized by occupational therapy’s ability to positively change the lives of people with complex conditions. Dr. McNulty earned her occupational therapy bachelor’s degree at Pacific University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Colorado State University. She worked clinically for more than 10 years in psychosocial occupational therapy and geriatric rehabilitation.

She taught at the University of New Mexico, Pacific University and the University of Utah prior to joining the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021. At each of these occupational therapy programs, she took the lead role in teaching the psychosocial occupational therapy curriculum with a strong focus on facilitating students’ success in emerging and traditional clinical sites. She led the development and implementation of the occupational therapy standardized client assessment programs at the University of New Mexico and the University of Utah. In addition, she has contributed to interdisciplinary grant initiatives focused on staff education related to people with dementia and another on the use of the screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in the health professions.

Dr. McNulty has published and presented on topics focused on community living abilities of people with psychosocial conditions and older adults, cognitive strategy use of people with Parkinson’s disease and an occupational therapy intervention for people with tics. Her current scholarly interests include occupational therapy’s use of the comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics and early intervention occupational therapy for people with mental health conditions.