Meghan Blaskowitz

Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

224 Rangos
Phone: 412.396.5949
blaskowitzm@duq.edu

Education:

DrPH, Public Health, State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, 2014
MOT, Occupational Therapy, Duquesne University, 2002
B.S., Health Sciences, Duquesne University, 2001
Bio

Education: Dr. Meghan Blaskowitz is a Rangos School of Health Sciences alumna returning to Duquesne University's Department of Occupational Therapy as an Assistant Professor. Her doctorate in Public Health is from SUNY Albany with a concentration in Health Policy and Community Health.

Clinical Background: Community-based practice with a focus on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); Acute care and cognitive rehabilitation with oncology patients and patients with neurological impairments

Honors/Awards: Delta Omega National Honor Society Membership for Scholarship and Excellence in Public Health

Teaching

Much as I believe in holistic occupational therapy (OT) and public health practice, my teaching philosophy applies these same principles. I believe an ecological approach to student learning is critical - one that challenges students to think beyond individual-level practice to communities, the diverse needs and pillars within a community, and the larger sociopolitical schema. This micro-/macro-approach encourages students to reflect on their future role as occupational therapist within a broader context. I use interactive, experiential learning, evidence-based examples and stories of people and the social issues impacting them to inspire and prepare students for real-world practice.

Current Teaching:

OCCT 620 Applying Evidence to Practice

OCCT 635/645 Capstone I/II

OCCT 522 Intervention Seminar

OCCT 525 Psychosocial Function & Fieldwork IB

OCCT 565 Community and World Healthcare Issues

OCCT 574W Fieldwork Proposal

OCCT 610/611/612 Research Project I/II/III

Research

Research Focus: My research aims to improve the quality of life and health care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). My current research interests are IDD-related health policy, health surveillance and identification of disparities in quality of life, health, employment, and social and community engagement among the IDD population.

Current Work: Recent work includes a study examining chronic health issues and other factors that led to greater emergency room and hospital utilization among people with IDD in New York City. I am currently initiating a project with Pittsburgh community partners looking at quality of life (QOL) assessment of adults with IDD and how quality outcome measures help service providers engage in person-centered planning and prepare for transition to managed care.

Internally Funded Grants at Duquesne University

Blaskowitz, M.G. (2018). Measuring Vocational Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Submitted to the Duquesne University Faculty Development Fund Research Committee. Budget: $10,000. Status: Funded from May 2018 to April 2020.

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 3 years). Status: Funded from January 2017 to June 2017.

Blaskowitz, M.G. (2017). Identifying Disparities and Predictors of Quality of Life for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Submitted to the Duquesne University Paluse Faculty Research Award Committee. Budget: $6,000. Status: Funded from January 2017 to June 2017.

Publications

Blaskowitz, M.G., & Mahaffey, L. (2018). Health Policy and Funding for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In K. Bryze (Ed.), Occupational Therapy for Adults with Intellectual Disability. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

Muñoz, J.P., & Blaskowitz, M.G. (2018). Mental Health Practice in Social and Multicultural Contexts. In V.C. Stoffel & J.P. Muñoz (Eds.), Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company.

Mattila, A., Blaskowitz, M.G., & Donoso-Brown, E.V. (2018). Measuring Outcomes and Achieving Sustainability in Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Programs. In E.D. Deluliis & J. Bednarski (Eds.), The Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone: A Framework for The Experience and Project. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

Blaskowitz, M.G., Hernandez, B., & Scott, P.W. (2018). Predictors of emergency room and hospital utilization among adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In press.

Hansen, A.M.W., & Blaskowitz, M.G. (2018). From Dependence to Interdependence: A Holistic Vocational Training Program for People with Disabilities. Annals of International Occupational Therapy. In press.

Johnson, K., Blaskowitz, M.G., & Mahoney, W.J. (in press). Occupational Therapy Practice and Advocacy with Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Works in Progress:

Blaskowitz, M.G., *Randall, L., *Zelenko, M., *McGrady, E., *Famularo, E., *Lonergan, M., & Scott, P.W. (2018). Closing the Gap: Identifying Quality of Life Disparities for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Under Review.

Blaskowitz, M.G., Johnson, K., & Mahoney, W.J. Occupational Therapy Interventions with Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Scoping Review. Full-text reviews complete and currently in data extraction.

Blaskowitz, M.G., *Layer, L., *Scalero, S., & *Gore, A. Measuring Outcomes of a Vocational Training Program for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. IRB approved and data collection complete (n=58); Manuscript preparation.

Blaskowitz, M.G., Pustorino, A., & Serenka, F. Faculty/Student Perceptions of Inclusive Higher Education on a University Campus. Faculty and Student surveys developed and preparing IRB proposal.

 *denotes publications with Duquesne University students

Presentations

National

Blaskowitz, M.G., Cook, A.B., Deluliis, E.D., & Mattila, A. (2018). Population Health & Occupational Therapy: A Pilot Study to Evaluate Student's Perceptions of Self-Efficacy through Community Engaged Learning. Research poster to be presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit Conference (Accepted Proposal), Louisville, KY.

Blaskowitz, M.G., *Randall, L., & *Zelenko, M. (2018). Closing the Gap: Identifying Quality of Life Disparities for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Research poster presented at American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Blaskowitz, M.G., *Randall, L., *Zelenko, M., *Famularo, E., *Lonergan, M., *McGrady, E., & *Layer, L. (2018). Closing the Gap: Identifying Quality of Life Disparities for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Research poster presented at American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Blaskowitz, M.G. (2017). Predictors of Emergency Room and Hospital Utilization among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in New York City. ‘Understanding Health Risk Data' research panel presenter at American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, Hartford, CT.

State

Blaskowitz, M.G., *Randall, L., & *Zelenko, M. (2018). Closing the Gap: Identifying Quality of Life Disparities for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 1-hour short course to be presented at Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference (Accepted Proposal), Pittsburgh, PA.

Blaskowitz, M.G., Mattila, A., & Muñoz, J. (2018). Teaching Social Justice in a Health Sciences Curriculum. 1-hour short course presented at Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA.

Blaskowitz, M.G., Colarusso, C., & Swartwout, A. (2015). The Current State of Self-Direction. Co-presenter of a 1.5-hour panel discussion at the New York State Fiscal Intermediary Self-Direction Summit, Troy, NY.

Blaskowitz, M.G. (2014). Predictors of Emergency Room and Hospital Utilization Among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Presenter of a 2-hour workshop at the Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council, New York, NY.

Blaskowitz, M.G., & Wang, A. (2014). Is My Program Making a Difference? Program Evaluation: How-to and Best Practices. Co-presenter of a 2-hour workshop at Young Adult Institute (YAI) International Conference, New York, NY.

Blaskowitz, M.G., Holden, S., Opazo, G., & Strumph, T. (2014). My Self, My World, My Dreams: Identifying Outcomes that Really Matter. Co-presenter of a 1.5-hour workshop at YAI International Conference, New York, NY.

Blaskowitz, M.G. (2013). New York State Coordinated Assessment System (CAS). Presenter of 2-hour workshop at NYC Interagency Council (IAC), New York, NY.

Academic

Blaskowitz, M.G., Cook, A.B., Deluliis, E.D., & Mattila, A, (2018). Population Health & Occupational Therapy: A Pilot Study to Evaluate Student's Perceptions of Self-Efficacy through Community Engaged Learning. American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit Conference (Accepted Proposal), Louisville, KY.

Blaskowitz, M.G., Mattila, A., & Muñoz, J.P. (2018). Teaching Social Justice in a Health Sciences Curriculum. Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA.

Donoso-Brown, E.V., & Blaskowitz, M.G. (2017). Reliability, Validity, & Clinical Utility. Class session presented in OCCT 535: Occupational Performance Evaluation at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Donoso-Brown, E.V., & Blaskowitz, M.G. (2017). Scoring and Interpretation of Results. Class session presented in OCCT 535: Occupational Performance Evaluation at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

*denotes presentations with Duquesne University students