- Faculty and Staff
S. Maggie Maloney, Ph.D, OTR/L
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Phone: (314) 977-8575
Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy
Nova Southeastern University
Master of Occupational Therapy
University of Toledo, Medical College of Ohio
Graduate Course Work, Instructional Technology
University of Oregon
Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Kent State University
Dr. Maloney has been an occupational therapy educator and fieldwork coordinator for over 15 years. She has been with the Saint Louis University faculty since 2011. Her primary work experience in occupational therapy has included both in- and out-patient psychiatric settings with clients across the lifespan. She also worked extensively with patients with substance abuse conditions and with patients with long-term chronic physical who were experiencing psychosocial distress relative to their medical needs. Dr. Maloney's research has been in the areas of behavioral health and substance abuse, as well as investigations related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Society for the Study of Occupation
Society for the Arts in Healthcare
American Occupational Therapy Association
Missouri Occupational Therapy Association
IPE 490 Interprofessional Education Practicum
MOT 541 Occupational Therapy in Behavioral Health - I
MOT 549 Applied Research Seminar - I
MOT 556 Occupational Therapy in Behavioral Health - II
MOT 566 Applied Research Individual MOT Research Projects
Therapeutic benefits of Serious Leisure Pursuits; service-learning experiences; Interprofessional Education (IPE); time use patterns; mental health (substance abuse, anxiety, depression, Adult ADD); creativity and wellness; medical humanities; occupational balance; role balance; occupational science; sleep; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction; and wellness and health promotion.
Professional Socialization; Interprofessional Education (IPE); Service-Learning; Mental Health and Wellness Issues; Substance Abuse; Time Use; Leisure
Current Research Project
Study Design: Qualitative Research
Objective: This qualitative research study aimed to achieve an understanding of Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) students' perspective on their learning experiences in an Interprofessional Education (IPE) practicum course during which they engaged in teamwork with other disciplines to complete a community-based service-learning project related to health care.
Background: Research indicates collaborative and interdisciplinary patient care optimizes health outcomes for clients (World Health Organization, 2010). Educators must develop programs which will guide students to become "collaborative practice-ready" health care professionals, such that they will have learned how to work effectively within an Interprofessional team. This may be best achieved through IPE programming which affords students the opportunity to work with students from at least two other professions in order to learn about, from, and with other disciplines. As part of their IPE community-based practicum course, SLU Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) students submit reflective papers about their experiences via an on-line format. HSIRB approval was secured to allow access to the existing data of the final reflective papers from MOT students enrolled in the IPE course during 2011. All papers were de-identified by a research assistant and provided to my team (which included two current MOT students). Over the course of several months each analyst independently read the transcripts and wrote notations to capture an interpretation of the data. Each iteration aimed to condense and coalesce the analysis. The researchers then met for several intensive meetings to discuss their independent findings and collectively define the themes which arose from the data.
Outcomes: Six key themes arose from the study: effective communication makes a team work; necessity of collaborative effort; increased knowledge of the unique perspective and values of other disciplines; the power of a holistic team; client-centered care is essential; and, personal transformation grows from uncomfortable situations.
Maloney, S.M. & , Griffith, K. (2013). Occupational Therapy Students' Development of Therapeutic Communication Skills During a Service-Learning Experience. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 29, 10-16. View Publication
Maloney, S. Margaret (2011). College Student High-Risk Drinking as a Maladaptive Serious Leisure Hobby, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 27, 155-177 View Publication