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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Mary Lawlor ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Mary Lawlor ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Associate Chair of Research and Professor, joint appointment with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Department of Pediatrics

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Mary Lawlor is known for her work in the areas of pediatric occupational therapy, maternal and child health, family-centered care, interdisciplinary models of service delivery, and ethnographic research. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in occupational therapy and received her master’s degree in Education from Harvard University. She earned her Sc.D. in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University, and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She was most recently principal investigator for an interdisciplinary longitudinal ethnographic research project funded by the NIH National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. The study involved African-American children with special health care needs, their families and the practitioners who serve them. She has also received grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the U.S. Department of Education and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Research Interests

Dr. Lawlor’s interests are in examining the meanings of illness and disability in family life, the social nature of therapeutic experience and cultural influences on health care and developmental processes.

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