Mary E. Evenson, OTD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA

Mary Evenson
Director of Clinical Education, Professor
Occupational Therapy
(617) 724-4089
Office Location: 
Shouse - 245

Mary E. Evenson, OTD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Director of Clinical Education and Professor of  Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

She brings a depth of experience to this position having held previous academic appointments at Boston University, College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College and at Tufts University as an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator since 1994.

Dr. Evenson is a nationally recognized leader, chosen to receive the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Roster of Fellows Award for "Excellence in Fieldwork Education and Professional Development."

She has published extensively on the topic of fieldwork education and has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. She is a contributing author to AOTA's Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program (FWECP), designed to support clinical educators in promoting excellence in their supervisory roles to train fieldwork students.

Mary was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow by the National Academy of Practice Occupational Therapy in April 2014 as an inaugural member, joining three others in the field.

Mary also brings hospital-based experience with staff development and clinical education student program coordination to her role as a liaison with training sites. Her clinical experience is across the continuum of care in physical medicine and rehabilitation settings, with a specialty in arthritis care and management.

Research Interests

Dr. Evenson is interested in students’ application of professional reasoning to support ‘best practices’ for the delivery of quality occupational therapy services. Her scholarship has examined students’ perceived confidence in providing evidence-based practice and how the context of fieldwork education provides opportunities for students to apply ‘best practice’.


Evenson, M.E., Roberts, M., Kaldenberg, J., Barnes, M.A., & Ozelie, R. (2015 Sptember-October). A national survey of fieldwork educators: Implications for OT education. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association. DOI:10.5014/ajot.2015.019265

Roberts, M., Evenson, M.E., Kaldenberg, J., Barnes, M.A., & Ozelie, R. (2015). Fieldwork Education Survey: Demand for innovative and creative solutions for fieldwork. OT Practice, 20, (9), 15-16. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Assocation.

Evenson, M.E., & Connor, L.T. (2015). Perspectives on the Doctoral Experiential Component. OT Practice, 20, (8), 17-19. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Evenson, M., Hatkevich, B.A., & Thinnes, A. (2015, April). Calling all fieldwork educators: Opportunities to mentor doctoral students. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Nashville, TN.

Evenson, M. (2015, April). Interprofessional education and practice: Valuing and making team collaboration explicit. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Nashville, TN.


Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Master of Public Health (MPH), Behavioral Science and Health Education, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), Tufts University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Medford, MA

Curriculum Vitae