Retta Marie Martin

Clinical Instructor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

226 Rangos
Phone: 412.396.5947


M.S., Health and Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
Bio and Expertise

Retta Marie Martin attended the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She returned to the University of Pittsburgh to complete her Masters of Science in Health and Rehabilitative Science with a concentration in Occupational Therapy. Retta has 20+ years of experience specializing in providing services for the special needs of children, young adults and their families. She has provided services in rehabilitation inpatient and outpatient settings and the school setting. Retta is a clinical specialist for a variety of diagnosis including spinal cord injury, brain injury, developmental disabilities, feeding disorders, chronic pain, visual deficits and ASD. Retta has also developed knowledge and skill with assistive technology including computer access and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Throughout her career, Retta has been responsible for the training and development of others in her roles of Occupational Therapy Coordinator, student clinical instructor and as adjunct faculty.

As a teacher-scholar, Retta Marie Martin's clinical background influences her teaching philosophy in that she believes personal growth is achieved by learning from one's experiences. One must be active in the learning process and be able to apply what one has learned to other experiences. Therefore, Retta strives to create an environment that empowers the student to take ownership of one's own learning process and growth. Students accomplish this through experiential learning activities that enable them to understand that innovation and success stem from courage, effort and self-reflection. To enhance her teacher-scholar role, Retta is currently working on her Ed.D in Educational Leadership at Duquesne University. Her dissertation is focused on examining community practice through a lens of occupational justice and adaptive leadership to enhance entrepreneurial modules into the occupational therapy curriculum.

In addition, Retta is involved in a variety of different service roles. She is the faculty advisor for the American Occupational Therapy Association Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity Chapter for the Duquesne University OT Student program. She is a member of the Chronic Pain Research Consortium at Duquesne University with her focus being pediatric pain. Retta also serves on the committee for Commission on Practice for the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association.

Medical and school based methods
Pediatric rehabilitation
Assistive technology
Management and professional development


Current Courses:

  • OCCT 548: Medical Conditions
  • OCCT 502: Occupational Therapy Overview                                                                           
  • OCCT 550: Environmental Adaptations and Rehabilitation Technology/Lab
  • OCCT 561: Occupational Therapy Leadership & Administration

Courses Assisting in:

  • OCCT 535: Occupational Performance Evaluation/Lab
  • OCCT 519: Neurological & Sensorimotor Function I/Lab
  • OCCT 520: Neurological & Sensorimotor Function II/Lab
  • OCCT 511: Clinical Reasoning I and Fieldwork 1A
  • OCCT 512: Clinical Reasoning II and Fieldwork 1C
  • OCCT 530: Biomechanical Functions Lab

Past Teaching:

  • REHS 529 OT Essentials
  • OCCT 552 Clinical Seminar A
  • OCCT 518 Humans, Groups and Occupations
  • OCCT 522: Intervention Seminar
  • OCCT 545: Occupational Performance Perspectives

Research interests:

Enhancing leadership and entrepreneurship skills to increase occupational therapy's impact in the community setting, occupational therapy and pediatric pain management, impact of growth mindset, resilience and gratitude in reducing student stress/anxiety and improving student performance.



2020 Peer Reviewed Accepted
Mattila, A., DeIuliis, E., & Martin, R. G3OT: Infusing Grit, Gratitude, and Growth
Mindset Curriculum into Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education, Poster Presentation,
American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Boston, MA, March, 2020
(Conference cancelled due to COVID-19)

2019 Peer Reviewed Accepted
Martin, R. & DeSalle, Megan. Improving Participation through Self-Management Techniques for Chronic Pain, Poster Presentation, American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 5, 2019.


2017 Peer Reviewed Accepted
Martin, R. & DeSalle, Megan. A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Pediatric Pain Management, Presentation, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, State College, PA, October, 2017.

2003 Peer Reviewed Accepted
Martin, R. & Eber, Stacy. Returning to School After a Spinal Cord Injury, Workshop, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October, 2003.


Mattila, A., DeIuliis, E.D., Martin, R.M., 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)

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

Martin, R.M., Grogan, J., Mattila, A. & DeIuliis, E.D. (2020). G3OT: Infusing grit,
gratitude, and growth mindset curriculum into OT fieldwork education. American
Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74. (Conference Paper)
DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1- PO5030