Mary O'Donnell, OTD, MS, OTR/L

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Occupational Therapy

Mary O’Donnell, OTD, MS, OTR/L is an Instructor and Clinical Access Specialist within the The Tabor/Connor Family Occupational Therapy Center for Learning, Participation, and Rehabilitation (OT CLiPR).  

Dr. O’Donnell is a proud IHP alum, having graduated in the first cohort of post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy students in 2022. Dr. O’Donnell completed her undergraduate and Master’s education at Boston University. Her Doctoral capstone project focused on advocacy and policy to improve access to early intervention services for young children experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts. Dr. O’Donnell is passionate about advocacy and founded the MAOT “Advocacy in OT Practice” special interest group in 2022.  

Dr. O’Donnell serves as part-time faculty at the IHP, teaching within the entry-level OTD program and supporting programming at the OT CLiPR. She maintains a clinical affiliation at Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children in Lexington, MA.  


BS, Therapeutic Studies, Boston University, Boston, MA
MS, Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Boston, MA
OTD, Post Professional, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA


O’Donnell, M. & McKinnon, S. (2022). Advocating for change to meet the developmental needs of young children experiencing homelessness. [In Press]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  

Tenforde, A.S., Borstrom, H., Polich, G., Steere, H., Davis, I.S., Cotton, K., O’Donnell, M. & Silver, J.K. (2020). Outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy synchronous telemedicine: A survey study of patient satisfaction with virtual visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 99(11): 977-981. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001571 

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