Dr. Mary Shotwell began her career in occupational therapy in the U.S. Army, practicing in mental health, orthopedics, and acute care. She then spent 9 years in adult settings such as rehabilitation (spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation), acute care, long-term care, and outpatient hand therapy as well as work hardening. In 1994 she began working with pediatric clients in school system and private practice settings.
Prior to working at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, she worked at three other universities while maintaining a community-based practice in mental health and pediatric settings. She has a passion for international education experiences, having developed courses taught in the Yucatan, Mexico, as well as international fieldwork experiences for more than 20 students. She has also engaged in mission work in Nicaragua.
Dr. Shotwell’s scholarship includes collaborating with students and practitioners in many areas of practice, but most of her recent work is in instrument development and validation. She is proficient in both quantitative as well as qualitative research and has supervised thesis as well as doctoral capstone projects, many of which have been published and/or presented at the state, national, and international levels. She has multiple publications including book chapters (in key textbooks in occupational therapy) as well as peer-reviewed articles.
She is an active member of OT-related organizations including the Georgia and Florida occupational therapy associations, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Association for Driver Educators for the Disabled, and MitoAction.org (the National Mitochondrial Association). She serves on the review board for the journal Occupation, Participation and Health (OTJR). During her clinical and academic career, she lived in 8 different U.S. States. In her free time, she volunteers with veterans groups and enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband, three adult children, and her grandchild.