Amy Mattila

Department Chair & Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy

Rangos 211
Phone: 412.396.1684
mattilaa@duq.edu

Education:

Ph.D., Instructional Mgt. & Leadership, Robert Morris University, 2017
M.B.A., Health Care Administration, University of Phoenix, 2009
M.S., Occupational Therapy, Duquesne University, 2005
B.A., Psychology, Duquesne University, 2004
B.S., Health Sciences, Duquesne University, 2004
Bio and Expertise

Bio
Education:
Dr. Amy Mattila is a graduate of the Duquesne University Occupational Therapy program and is returning to the department as an Assistant Professor. In addition to her MS in Occupational Therapy, she also completed a dual undergrad major in Health Sciences and Psychology at Duquesne. Her PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership is from Robert Morris University, where she focused her dissertation on student's perspective of role emerging behavioral health fieldwork in community based settings.

Clinical Background: Behavioral Health, particularly in military healthcare settings and community based practice; Leadership; Education

Personal Data: Dr. Mattila enjoys spending time around Pittsburgh with her husband and daughters. Her favorite "occupations" include travelling, coaching her daughters' softball team, reading, and baking.

Expertise
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Substance Use Disorders
Behavioral Health
Leadership and Management

Teaching Tab

Teaching Philosophy:  My own passion for lifelong learning has contributed to my teaching philosophy. I enjoy empowering my students through the process of education and firmly believe in taking the classroom into context, which aligns well with the occupational therapy philosophy of "learning by doing". In each of my courses, my goals are threefold:

  1. To promote a positive learning environment;
  2. To spark learner enthusiasm for knowledge; and
  3. To provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning

To accomplish this, I enjoy applying a wide variety of pedagogy based on essential educational principles encompassing cognitive and social constructivist theories, diversity issues, and authentic assessment.

Current Teaching:
OCCT 610/611/612 Research Project I, II, III
OCCT 561 Occupational Therapy Administration
OCCT 635/645/655 Practice Scholar Capstone Project I, II, III
OCCT 525 Psychosocial Function and Fieldwork II

Research Tab

My research contributions focus around scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and occupational therapy psychosocial practice. Specifically, exploring how students learn in community engaged contexts and evidence based interventions to promote occupational therapy's role in the behavioral healthcare team.

Current projects include assessing the efficacy of psychosocial modalities on reducing depression and anxiety on college campuses; understanding the impact of grit, growth mindset, and gratitude pedagogical interventions on clinical education; and understanding the transformative nature of occupational therapy doctoral capstone curriculum.

Grants

Pearson, N.* & Mattila, A. (2021). Trauma Informed Care in the Health Sciences. Submitted to the John G. Rangos, Sr. Prize Competition. Budget: $1,000.

Mattila, A., Wright, S., & Mann, J. (2020). CESTL Institute. Submitted to the John G. Rangos, Sr. Prize Competition. Budget: $1,000.

Alpha-Stim/Electromedical Products International: Provisions of $35,850 in equipment and statistical support for the College Campus study (2019-2020)

Mattila, A., Munoz, J. P., & Blaskowitz, M. G. (2019). Global Health Faculty Course Development Grant. Submitted to the Duquesne University Center for African Studies. Budget: $2,000.

Cook, A., Blaskowitz, M. G., Mattila, A., & Stuart, A. (2017). Community Engaged Pathways Grant. Submitted to the Duquesne University Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR). Budget: $12,000 ($3,000 each year for 4 years).

*denotes collaboration with Duquesne University student

Fellowships

Recipient of the 2019-2020 Gaultier Fellowship, Center for Community Engaged Teaching
and Research, Duquesne University

Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

DeIuliis, E., Mattila, A., & Martin, R. (2021). Level I FW in a simulated environment: A blueprint on how to use SimucaseTM. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 5(2). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol5/iss2/15/

Blaskowitz, M. G., Mattila, A. M., Stuart, A. E., & Cook, A. B. (2021). Meeting Vision 2025: Enhancing civic competency, attitudes, and participation among occupational therapy students. Occupational Therapy in Healthcare, 35(1), 25-39.

Mattila, A., DeIuliis, E. D., Martin, R., & Grogan, J.* (2020). Mindfulness in the occupational therapy classroom: Infusing grit, gratitude practice, and a growth mindset into OT education. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 4(4). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol4/iss4/10

Mattila, A., Martin, R.M., DeIuliis, E.D. (2020). Simulated fieldwork: A virtual approach to clinical education. Education Sciences, 10, 272.

Mattila, A. M., DeIuliis, E., Cook, A.B. (2020). Evaluating the professional transformation from a doctoral capstone experience. Journal of Transformative Learning, 7, 20.

Mattila, A. (2019). Perceptions and Outcomes of Occupational Therapy Students Participating in Community Engaged Learning: A Mixed-Methods Approach. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(4), 1-17.

Mattila, A., DeIuliis, E. D., & Cook, A. B. (2018). Increasing self-efficacy through role emerging placements: Implications for occupational therapy experiential learning. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 2(3). doi: 10.26681/jote.2018.020303

Mattila, A. M., & Provident, I. (2017). Education for Occupational Therapists to Develop the Role of Healthcare Leaders in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 1(3). doi: 10.26681/jote.2017.010304

Mattila, A. M., & Dolhi, C. (2016). Transformative experience of master of occupational therapy students in a non-traditional fieldwork setting. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 32(1), 16-31. doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2015.1088424

Book Chapters

Mattila, A. M. (2020) Practice-ready skills for the capstone. In E. DeIuliis & J. Bednarski, (Eds). The entry level occupational therapy doctorate capstone: A framework for the experience and project. Thorofare, New Jersey: SLACK Incorporated.

Mattila, A. M., Donoso-Brown, E., & Blaskowitz, M. G. (2020) Supporting sustainability of the capstone project through program evaluation. In E. DeIuliis & J. Bednarski, (Eds). The entry level occupational therapy doctorate capstone: A framework for the experience and project. Thorofare, New Jersey: SLACK Incorporated.

Brininger, T. L. Quick, C. D., Mattila, A. M., Nordstrom, M. J., Montz, R. D., & Yeager, A. F. (2019). Occupational therapy: Serving service members and veterans. In C. Brown, V. C. Stoffel, & J. P. Munoz (Eds), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation (pp. 704-721). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Mattila, A. M., Underwood, R. T., & Munoz, J. P. (2019). Applying entrepreneurial skills in mental health practice. In C. Brown, V. C. Stoffel, & J. P. Munoz (Eds), Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation (pp. 740-756). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Erickson, M. W., Brininger, T. L., Newton, S. M., Mattila, A. & Burns, J. P. (2010). Army occupational therapy: Promoting occupational performance. In M.K. Lenhart (Ed), Combat and operational behavioral health (pp. 357-374). Fort Sam Houston: Borden Institute.

*denotes collaboration with Duquesne University student

Presentations

National

Martin, R. M., *Grogan, J., Mattila, A., & DeIuliis, E.D. (2020). G3OT: Infusing grit, gratitude, and growth mindset curriculum into OT fieldwork education. Accepted for the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo, Boston, MA. (Conference canceled)

Miller, M., Mattila, A., Goicoechea, J. (2020). Exploring the role of OT in a university psychology clinic: A mixed method design. Accepted for the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo, Boston, MA. (Conference canceled)

Mattila, A., DeIuliis, E., Cook, A. B. (2020). Evaluating the professional transformation from a doctoral capstone experience. Accepted for the Transformative Learning Conference, Oklahoma City, OK. (Conference canceled)

Mattila, A., DeIuliis, E., Blaskowitz, M., & Cook, A. (2019). Perceptions of OTD students participating in the doctoral capstone experience (DCE): An exploration of self-efficacy and transformative learning. Research poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Education Summit, Las Vegas, NV.

Stuart, A., Cook, A., Mattila, A., Blaskowitz, M. (2019). Community-engaged learning: Enrichment of curricular threads for optimal student civic awareness and impact. Presented as poster at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Bucey, J., Mattila, A., Provident, I. (2019). OT's role in identifying and assisting clients with substance use disorders (SUDs). Presented as workshop at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Mattila, A. (2019). Role-emerging fieldwork at community agencies: An exploration of self-efficacy, personal transformation, and professional growth. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Yeckel, N. & Mattila, A. (2019). Sense of self: Implementing a sensory-based program to improve self-regulation for veterans with mental illness. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo, New Orleans, LA.

Mattila, A., Blaskowitz, M., DeIuliis, E., & Cook, A. (2018). Population health & occupational therapy: A pilot study to evaluate student's perceptions of self-efficacy through community engaged learning. Research poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Education Summit, Louisville, KY.

Maloney, S. M., & Mattila, A. (2018). Preparing entry level practitioners with the knowledge and skills to address public health/emerging population-based challenges. Invited speaker for closing panel at the American Occupational Therapy Education Summit, Louisville, KY.

Mattila, A., & Yeager, J. (2018). Occupational therapy and the opioid epidemic. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo, Salt Lake City, UT.

State/Local

Mattila, A. & Wright, S. (2020). Re-visioning community-engaged learning at Duquesne. Presented at the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research Gaultier Fellowship Workshop Series at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mattila, A. & Wright, S. (2019). Working toward a model of sustainable partnerships. Presented at the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research Gaultier Fellowship Workshop Series at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

*Stephenson, G., *Gorman, K., *Tademaru, P., *Haley, H., Mattila, A., & Szucs, K. (2020). Occupational therapy's role in addressing college campus well-being: An updated report. Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Virtual Conference.

*Giangiuli, S, *Kozuch, E, Mattila, A., & Szucs, K. (2019). Occupational therapy's role in addressing college campus well-being. Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, King of Prussia, PA.

Hansen, S., Baft-Neff, A., & Mattila, A. (2018). The cohort mentality & professionalism. Presented at the Center for Teaching Excellence at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mattila, A., & Donoso-Brown, E. (2018). Facilitating connections: Low tech to high tech methods for collaboration. Poster presented at the Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Mattila, A. (2018). Enhanced learning: Incorporating retrieval practice to increase student outcomes. Presented at the Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Blaskowitz, M., Munoz, J. P., & Mattila, A. (2018). Teaching social justice in a health sciences curriculum. Presented at the Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mattila, A., *Hyland, M., *Michelsen, M., & *Wang, E. (2018). Occupational therapy in behavioral health settings. Invited lecture for the Duquesne University Department of Psychology Colloquium Series, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Boharic, J., Haswell, M., Haynes, N., Weir, S., Mattila, A., & Novalis, S. (2017). Trauma-informed care: A model for OT practice. Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, State College, PA.

Scanlon, M., Hinkle, J., McCauley, S., Moritz, J., Mattila, A., & Novalis, S. (2017). OT's role in addressing the substance use epidemic. Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, State College, PA.

*denotes Duquesne University student