Dr. Susan MacDermott has more than 10 years of experience as a practicing clinician and educator. In addition to her role as a core faculty member in the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program, she currently serves as an occupational therapist at Lasting Recovery, a substance abuse and recovery program in San Diego.
Prior to joining the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, she was an adjunct professor of clinical occupational therapy for the University of Southern California. Dr. MacDermott also has a range of clinical experience, including as the occupational therapy director for Mariposa Women and Family Center in Orange, California, a senior occupational therapist for Community Mental Health Centre and St. Loman’s Hospital Mullingar in Ireland.
Dr. MacDermott has presented on the use of Lifestyle Redesign as an approach for chronic pain and headache management at conferences and organizations, including the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC), New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists, and PainWeek, a national conference for pain educators. Dr. MacDermott is a member of AOTA and OTAC.