Mary W. Hildebrand, OTD, OTR/L

Mary Hildebrand
Interim Program Director, Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy
(617) 643-5587
Office Location: 
Shouse - 243

Mary W. Hildebrand, OTD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Interim Program Director for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Her clinical background is in home health, skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, and school-based occupational therapy. Dr. Hildebrand has taught in the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis and at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Her research interests include intervention with caregivers of persons with stroke, participation in people with aphasia post-stroke, mental health disorders as a result of stroke, prevention of depression in older adults, self-management of chronic conditions and health promotion for older adults, and work adaptation for farmers and agricultural workers with disabilities or chronic conditions.

Dr. Hildebrand has published and presented at state, national, and international levels. She has volunteered for state and national occupational therapy organizations in a variety of roles. Dr. Hildebrand has been awarded the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award for the MGH IHP Department of Occupational Therapy, a 2016 Partners in Excellence Team Award for S-IHP Comprehensive Aphasia Program (CAP) Planning Team, and the 2013 North Carolina Occupational Therapy Award for Outstanding Practice in the Area of Teaching.

Dr. Hildebrand teaches courses such as OT in Physical Dysfunction; Cognition, Perception, and Occupation; Enabling participation for Persons with Aphasia, and OT Center-Practicum.

Research Interests

Dr. Hildebrand's research interests include prevention of depression in older adults, self-management of chronic conditions and health promotion for older adults, work adaptation for farmers and agricultural workers with disabilities or chronic conditions, mental health disorders as a result of stroke, and caregivers of persons with stroke.


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Hildebrand, M.W. (2015, September) The health and well-being of older farmers: The role of occupational therapy with this essential population. Gerontology Special Interest Section Quarterly, 38(3), 1-4.

Hildebrand, M.W. (2015). Effectiveness of interventions for adults with psychological or emotional impairment after stroke: An evidence-based review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 1-9. (DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2015.012054)

Host, H.H., Lang, C.E., Hildebrand, M.W., Zou D., Binder, E.F., Baum, C.M., … & Lenze, E.J. (2014). Patient Active Time during therapy sessions in post-acute rehabilitation: Development and validation of a new measure.  Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. 32(2), 169-178.

Hildebrand, M.W., Host, H.H., Binder, E., Carpenter, B., Freedland, K.E., Morrow-Howell, N.,,,,& Lenze, E.J. (2012). Measuring treatment fidelity in a rehabilitation intervention study.  American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91, 00-00. (DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e31824ad462)

Hildebrand, M.W., Brewer, M., Wolf, T.J. (2012). The impact of mild stroke on participation in physical fitness activities. Stroke Research and Treatment, 2012, Article ID 548682, 6 pages. (DOI: 10.1155/2012/548682)

Lenze, E. J., Host, H. H., Hildebrand, M. W., Morrow-Howell, N., Carpenter, B., Freedland, K. E., ... & Binder, E. F. (2012). Enhanced medical rehabilitation increases therapy intensity and engagement and improves functional outcomes in postacute rehabilitation of older adults: a randomized-controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 13(8), 708-712.

Lenze, E., Host, H., Hildebrand, M., Bitticks, J., Morrow-Howell N., Carpenter, B., et al. (2011). Enhanced Medical Rehabilitation is feasible: preliminary data on a novel treatment for older adults with depression. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 

Hildebrand, M. & Neufeld, P.S. (2009). Recruiting older adults into a physical activity promotion program: Active Living Every Day offered in a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community. The Gerontologist, 49(5), 702-710.
Invited Publications:

Berger, S., Escher, A., Hildebrand, M., & Connor, L.T. (2017) Modifying outcome measures to support participation for people with aphasia. OT Practice, 22(10), 10-13.

Hildebrand, M. W. (2016). Caregiving after Stroke. In G. Gillen (Ed.), Stroke rehabilitation: A function-based approach (4th ed., Chapter 15)

DeGroot, K., & Hildebrand, M. (2015). Occupational therapy for individuals with stroke in the inpatient rehabilitation setting. In T. Wolf (Ed.), Neurorehabilitation for Stroke (2nd ed., Chapter 11). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Hildebrand, M. (2014). What is the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions to improve occupational performance for people with psychological and/or emotional impairment after stroke? [Critically Appraised Topic]. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association, Evidence-Based Practice Project.

Connor, L. T., Wolf, T. J., Foster, E.R., Hildebrand, M., & Baum, C.M. (2014). Participation and engagement in occupation in adults with disabilities. In D. Pierce (Ed.), Occupational science for occupational therapy. Thorofare, NJ: Slack.   

Hildebrand, M. W. (2013).  Book Review: Ways of Living: Intervention strategies to enable participation, 4th Edition.  Occupational Therapy in Health Care.  
Governmental Research Support:

November 2011-2014: North Carolina AgrAbility Partnership, USDA, John Paul Owens, Principal Investigator, North Carolina Agriculture and Technical University

2007-2008 Hildebrand, M.W., Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public Health and Science, Take Action: Healthy People, Places, and Practices in Communities Project Grant   

2013 North Carolina Occupational Therapy Award for Outstanding Practice in the Area of Teaching, Presented at NCOTA Fall Conference, Raleigh, NC, October 20, 2013

2006 - Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) Annual Conference Fellow; Milwaukee, WI


BS, Psychology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa OK
MOT, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX
OTD, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Curriculum Vitae