Mary Beth Kadlec, ScD, OTR/L

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Assistant Professor
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Dr. Mary Beth Kadlec, ScD, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Kadlec has been practicing occupational therapy for 36 years, primarily in the areas of pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disorders, intentionally working in all clinical settings where caregivers and 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 inpatient psychiatric and emergency mental health units, and private practice. Her focus has been on how occupational therapy is uniquely positioned to advance the human condition in any environment by applying our knowledge of the person to be successful within the context of the desired occupations.

Research Interests

Dr. Kadlec is very interested in better understanding how occupational therapists, caregivers and other providers use themselves as an agent of change within the context of activities. She is also interested in understanding the impact of stress and trauma on emotional regulation, social interactions, and engagement with activities and in life.


Doctor of Therapeutic Studies, Boston University

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Boston University

Master of Science, Post-Professional Occupational Therapy, Boston University


Kadlec, M. B. & Swanson, S. (2019). Being an Empowered Staff. Presentation at Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, Middleton, MA.

Kadlec, M. B. (2019). Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Kids with ASD. Torchlight Podcast.

Listen to "Addressing Challenging Behaviors in Kids with ASD" on Spreaker.

Kadlec, M. B. (2019). Essential Elements for Successful Interactions with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Workshop at Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium Conference, Marlborough, MA.

James, L. W., Kadlec, M. B., Pizur-Barnekow, K., Copeland, D. Schefkind, S., Ponsolle-Mays, M., & Idemoto, E. (2019). Navigating Pediatric Interprofessional Practice. Workshop at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Cochran, D. M., Kadlec, M. B., & Swanson, S. (2019). Interdisciplinary Teams: Effective Service Delivery in Pediatric Practice. UMMS Course on Caring for Persons with Intellectual Disorders and Disabilities, Worcester, MA.

Kadlec, M. B., Swanson, S., & Dittrich, G. (2018). Collaboration is Key: Fostering Team Work. Autism Insurance Resource Center Conference, Worcester, MA.

Kadlec, M. B. & Swanson, S. (2018). Preventing the Use of Restraints: Recognizing the Signs of Dysregulation for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Grand Rounds at Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Westborough, MA.


Curriculum Vitae