University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. 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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Biography

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.

Education

Doctorate of Science (ScD) in Therapeutic Studies
1989 | Boston University

Independent Study in Systems Theory, Introduction and Application
1977 | Boston University

Master of Education (EdM)
1975 | Harvard Graduate School of Education

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy
1972 | Boston University

Publications

2019

Book Chapters

Lawlor, M. C., & Mattingly, C. (2019). Family perspectives on occupation, health, and disability. In B. A. B. Schell & G. Gillen (Eds.), Willard & Spackman's occupational therapy (13th ed., pp. 196-211). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

2018

Book Chapters

Jalaba, T., Smith, L., Rice, C., & Lawlor, M. (2018). Promoting wellness and healthy living for individuals with ASD. In R. Watling & S. L. Spitzer (Eds.), Autism across the lifespan: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (pp. 447-464). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press. Full text

Journal Articles

Solomon, O., & Lawlor, M. C. (2018). Beyond V40.31: Narrative phenomenology of wandering in autism and dementia. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 42(2), 206–243. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11013-017-9562-7 Show abstract

2015

Journal Articles

Solomon, O., Angell, A. M., Yin, L., & Lawlor, M. C. (2015). 'You can turn off the light if you'd like': Pediatric health care visits for children with autism spectrum disorder as an interactional achievement. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 29(4), 531-555. https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12237 Show abstract

2014

Book Chapters

Lawlor, M. C., & Mattingly, C. F. (2014). Family perspectives on occupation, health, and disability. In B. A. B. Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa (Eds.), Willard & Spackman’s occupational therapy (12th ed., pp. 150-162). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Full text

2013

Journal Articles

Solomon, O., & Lawlor, M. C. (2013). "And I look down and he is gone": Narrating autism, elopement and wandering in Los Angeles. Social Science & Medicine, 94, 106-114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.06.034 Show abstract

2011

Journal Articles

Jacobs, L., Lawlor, M. C., & Mattingly, C. F. (2011). I/We narratives among African American families raising children with special needs. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 35(1), 3-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11013-010-9196-5 Show abstract

2010

Journal Articles

Lawlor, M. C. (2010). Commentary: Autism and anthropology? Ethos, 38(1), 167-171. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1548-1352.2009.01086.x Show abstract

2008

Book Chapters

Lawlor, M. C., & Mattingly, C. F. (2008). Understanding family perspectives on illness and disability experience. In E. B. Crepeau, E. S. Cohn, & B. A. B. Schell (Eds.), Willard & Spackman’s occupational therapy (11th ed., pp. 33-44). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Clark, F. A., & Lawlor, M. C. (2008). The making and mattering of occupational science. In E. B. Crepeau, E. S. Cohn, & B. A. B. Schell (Eds.), Willard & Spackman’s occupational therapy (11th ed., pp. 2-14). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

2003

Book Chapters

Lawlor, M. C. (2003). Mothering work: Negotiating healthcare, illness and disability, and development. In S. A. Esdaile & J. A. Olson (Eds.), Mothering occupations: Challenge, agency, and participation (pp. 306-323). Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis.

Mattingly, C. F., & Lawlor, M. C. (2003). Disability experience from a family perspective. In E. Crepeau, E. Cohn, & B. Schell (Eds.), Willard & Spackman’s occupational therapy (10th ed., pp. 69-79). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Journal Articles

Neville-Jan, A. M., & Lawlor, M. C. (2003). Managing appearance: A qualitative study of adults with spina bifida. European Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 13, S1-S11.

Lawlor, M. C. (2003). The significance of being occupied: The social construction of childhood occupations. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57(4), 424-434. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.57.4.424 Show abstract

Lawlor, M. C. (2003). Gazing anew: The shift from a clinical gaze to an ethnographic lens. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57(1), 29-39. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.57.1.29 Show abstract

2002

Journal Articles

Mattingly, C., Lawlor, M., & Jacobs-Huey, L. (2002). Narrating September 11: Race, gender, and the play of cultural identities. American Anthropologist, 104(3), 743-753. https://doi.org/10.1525/aa.2002.104.3.743 Show abstract

2001

Journal Articles

Mattingly, C., & Lawlor, M. (2001). The fragility of healing. Ethos, 29(1), 30-57. https://doi.org/10.1525/eth.2001.29.1.30 Show abstract

Lawlor, M. C., & Mattingly, C. F. (2001). Beyond the unobtrusive observer: Reflections on researcher-informant relationships in urban ethnography. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55(2), 147-154. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.55.2.147 Show abstract

2000

Journal Articles

Mattingly, C., & Lawlor, M. (2000). Learning from stories: Narrative interviewing in cross-cultural research. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(1), 4-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/110381200443571 Show abstract

1998

Book Chapters

Mattingly, C. F., & Lawlor, M. C. (1998). Illness experience from a family perspective. In M. E. Neistadt & E. B. Crepeau (Eds.), Willard & Spackman’s occupational therapy (9th ed., pp. 43-53). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott.

Journal Articles

Lawlor, M. C., & Mattingly, C. F. (1998). The complexities embedded in family-centered care. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 52(4), 259-267. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.52.4.259 Show abstract

1994

Journal Articles

Lawlor, M. C., & Guynes, D. (1994). Related settings: Design — improving the quality of physical rehabilitation. Journal of Healthcare Design, 6, 103-112. Full text

Lawlor, M. C. (1994). Development of a standardized telephone interview instrument. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 13(4), 1-13. Full text

Research Reports

Lawlor, M. C., & Cada, E. A. (1994). The UIC Therapeutic Partnership Project. Final report. Washington, D.C.: Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities, US Department of Education. Full text Show abstract

1993

Journal Articles

Munoz, J., Lawlor, M. C., & Kielhofner, G. (1993). Use of the Model of Human Occupation: A survey of therapists in psychiatric practice. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 13(2), 117-139. Full text

Other Articles

Lawlor, M. C., & Cada, E. A. (1993). Evaluation of an innovative product: Easy Street Environments, Inc. OT Practice, 4(3), 1-18. Full text

Lawlor, M. C., & Cada, E. A. (1993). Partnerships between therapists, parents, and children. OSERS News in Print, 5(4), 27-30.

1991

Book Chapters

Lawlor, M. C. (1991). Quality assurance in pediatrics. In B. Joe (Ed.), Quality assurance in occupational therapy (pp. 18-23). Rockville, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Lawlor, M. C. (1991). Historical and societal influences on school system practice. In A. Bundy (Ed.), Making a difference: OTs and PTs in public schools (pp. 1-15). Chicago, IL: The University of Illinois at Chicago.

Lawlor, M. C. (1991). A conceptual framework for quality assurance. In B. Joe (Ed.), Quality assurance in occupational therapy (pp. 7-17). Rockville, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Journal Articles

Niehues, A., Bundy, A., Mattingly, C. F., & Lawlor, M. C. (1991). Making a difference: Occupational therapy in public schools. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 11(4), 195-212. Full text

Other Articles

Lawlor, M. C. (1991). Evaluating the impact of technology and innovative products within the clinical setting. OT Practice, 2(2), 74-86. Full text

1989

Journal Articles

Lawlor, M. C., & Henderson, A. (1989). A descriptive study of the clinical practice patterns of occupational therapists working with infants and young children. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 43(11), 755-768. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.43.11.755 Show abstract

Reviews

Lawlor, M. C. (1989). [Human development for occupational and physical therapists]. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 9(2), 141-142. https://doi.org/10.1080/J006v09n02_10

1988

Research Reports

Ostrow, P. C., Lawlor, M. C., & Joe, B. E. (1988). Efficacy data brief: Research supports efficacy of sensory integration procedures. [Review of sensory integration theory: Affect or effect] (3). American Occupational Therapy Association.

Ostrow, P. C., Lawlor, M. C., Joe, B. E., & Johnson, M. (1988). Efficacy data brief: Intensive multidisciplinary rehabilitation of stroke patients increases independence, decreases living costs, study shows [Review of Stroke: Does rehabilitation affect outcome?] (3).

Ostrow, P. C., Lawlor, M. C., Joe, B. E., & Johnson, M. (1988). Efficacy data brief: Outpatient stroke therapy improves functional ability, reduces deterioration, investigation suggests. [Review of remedial therapy after stroke: A randomized controlled trial] (3). American Occupational Therapy Association.

Ostrow, P. C., Lawlor, M. C., Joe, B. E., & Johnson, M. (1988). Efficacy data brief: Use of splints and pressure garments in related to decrease incidence of contracture and surgery in burn patients. [Review of ten years of experience in managing patients with burn contractures of axilla, elbow, wrist, and knee joints] (3). American Occupational Therapy Association.

1987

Book Chapters

Lawlor, M. C. (1987). Improving occupational therapy services through quality assurance: A study of patient referrals. In J. Bair (Ed.), Occupational therapy in acute care settings: A manual (pp. 9-17, 9-28). Rockville, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

1986

Books

Henderson, A., Lawlor, M. C., & Pekoski, C. (1986). Pediatric occupational therapy: Challenges for the future. Boston, MA: Boston University.

1984

Books

Lawlor, M. C. (1984). Occupational therapy services through quality assurance: A study of patient referrals. Rockville, MD: American Occupational Therapy Program.

1983

Book Chapters

Lawlor, M. C., & Zielinski, A. (1983). Occupational therapy. In G. Thompson, I. Rubin, & R. Bileaker (Eds.), Comprehensive management of cerebral palsy (pp. 181-191). New York, NY: Grune & Stratton.