Amy MattilaAssistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
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
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.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Substance Use Disorders
Leadership and Management
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:
- to promote a positive learning environment;
- to spark learner enthusiasm for knowledge; and
- 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.
OCCT 511/512: Clinical Reasoning and Fieldwork IA & IC
OCCT 610/611/612 Research Project I, II, III
OCCT 561 Occupational Therapy Administration
OCCT 630 Visionary Leadership in Practice and Education
OCCT 660 Transformative Leadership
REHS 552 Occupational Therapy Essentials II
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.
$2,000: Global Health Faculty Course Development Grant, Center for African Studies, January 2019.
$12,000: Community-Engaged Pathways Grant Program, Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, Summer 2017.
Mattila, A. M. (in press) 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. (in press) 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.
Mattila, A. (2019). Role emerging fieldwork at community agencies: An exploration of self-efficacy, personal, and professional growth. (accepted) American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
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
Mattila, A. (2015). Interprofessional education. In Teaching in higher education: Becoming college faculty (pp. 68-73). Moon Twp, PA: RMU Press.
Mattila, A. (2015). Blended learning in the college classroom. In Teaching in higher education: Becoming college faculty (pp. 114-120). Moon Twp, PA: RMU Press.
Provident, I., Salls, J., Dolhi, C. Schreiber, J., Mattila, A., & Eckel, E. (2015) Design of an online curriculum promoting transformative learning in post professional doctoral students. Online Learning: Official Journal of The Online Learning Consortium, 19(3). doi: 10.24059/olj.v19i3.669
Mattila, A., Crandall, B., & Goldman, S. (2011). The role of a U.S. Army combat operational stress control unit throughout the deployment. Work, 3. 13-18. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2011-1100
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.
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.
Smith, S., & Mattila, A. (2016, April). #StudentEngagement: Integrating technology in the classroom. Presentation at the 98th annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Ehart, J.P., Lansinger, D., Moore, A., Stephens, E., & Mattila, A. (2016, April). OT wanted: Role-emerging fieldwork. Poster presented at the 98th annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Mattila, A., Rohrabaugh, H., & Watkiss, J. (2016, March). The role of occupational therapy in empowering at-risk girls. Poster presented at the annual Association for Women in Psychology conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
Mattila, A. (2015, October). The occupational therapy doctorate degree: How do we connect the needs of the profession to the millennial generation? Poster presented at the AOTA/OTCAS Education Summit, Denver, CO.
Minkoff, S., Mattila, A., Thompson, L., Parker, N., & Pace, K. (2015). Reducing mental health stigma in healthcare students. Poster presented at the 95th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Nashville, TN
Mead, A., Sammons, A., Sampieri, D., & Mattila, A., (2015). The great outdoors: Decreasing Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through leisure and social participation. Poster presented at the 95th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Nashville, TN.
Mattila, A. Integrating Resiliency and Mental Skills Foundations Into Practice. (2014, April). 94th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Baltimore, MD. (Poster)
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.
Smith, S., Tweed, A., Turner, E., Vu, C., Mattila, A. (2015, October). Integrating Twitter in the classroom: #Studentengagement. Presentation at the annual Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Conference, Scranton, PA.
Mattila, A. (2014). Occupational therapy in the Army. Invited presentation at the Allegheny General Hospital Department of Rehabilitation Grand Rounds, Pittsburgh, PA.
*denotes Duquesne University student