Mary Beth Kadlec, OT, ScD, OTR is an Assistant Professor in the Department Occupational Therapy, MGH Institute for Health Professions providing clinical training experiences and conducting research with occupational therapy doctoral students. She developed an interprofessional training and practice experience called the SENCE (Supporting and Empowering Neurodiverse Children Everyday) Program, along with Sarah Friel, Assistant Professor, IHP CSD. Dr. Kadlec is developing Mentorship Circles and supports for Occupational Therapy Practitioners who provide behavioral health and mental health services for individuals, families and communities across the lifespan. Dr. Kadlec is also currently a Team Leader on the ECHO Autism Project, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, UMass Chan Medical School, Worcester, MA, a state-funded training for the Massachusetts Youth Mobile Crisis Teams on developing supports and access to services for youth with autism and intellectual disabilities and their families.

Dr. Kadlec has extensive experience in the areas of pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disorders, intentionally working in all clinical settings where youth receive services: neonatal intensive care units (NICU), pediatric intensive care units (PICU), early intervention programs (EIP), early childhood programs, elementary schools, outpatient clinics, summer programs and camps for youth with autism spectrum disorders, residential facilities for adults with developmental disabilities, consultations to emergency departments, inpatient psychiatric and mental health units, as well as private practice. Her focus has been on expanding occupational therapy’s impact through interprofessional clinical practice, interprofessional education and research demonstrating how occupational therapy is uniquely positioned to advance the human condition in any environment by applying our knowledge to support children to be successful within the context of their families and communities.

  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Boston University
  • Master of Science, Post-Professional Occupational Therapy, Boston University
  • Doctor of Science in Therapeutic Studies, Boston University

Dr. Kadlec develops video methodologies to understand communication and physical assistance that occupational therapists, caregivers, and providers utilize to assist youth with neurodevelopmental challenges to effectively engage in social interactions and activities that consider the impact of cognition, communication, sensory processing, physical abilities, stress, trauma on successful engagement in life.

Dr. Kadlec has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Kadlec's publications on ResearchGate or in her CV. 

The Parents' Perspective: Experiences in Parent-Mediated Pediatric Occupational Therapy for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

From Syringe to Spoon Feeding: A Case Report of How Occupational Therapy Treatment Successfully Guided the Parents of a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Prematurity in an Outpatient Clinic.

Fostering Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Within Pediatric Settings, OT Practice.

Sensory clusters of toddlers with autism spectrum disorders: Differences in affective symptoms. 


See ResearchGate Profile 


In addition, Dr. Kadlec regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

Why Are Parents in the Waiting Room? at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

Sensory Processing Disorders/ Health at 2022 Early Childhood ECHO Autism Training, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School.

The Prevalence of Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Sensory Processing 2022 Disorders in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

Video Analysis for Treating 2021 Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

Parents’ Perspectives of Parent-Mediated Pediatric at Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

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Awards and Honors

AOTA Service Commendation, 2021

For Co-Author, Occupational Therapy Practice Opportunities Enhancing Services for Autistic Individuals, American Occupational Therapy Association

Nominee for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services Commissioner’s Award, 2020

Recognizes staff & community partners for their volunteerism & dedication to Department of Youth Services youth and employees

Excellence in Teaching, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Teaching Award, 2020

Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Excellence in Service, 2019

Massachusetts Department of Youth Services