Mary Ann Smith, PhD, OTR/L, with the Department of Rehabilitation Science since 1999, has over 25 years of experience in the area of adult physical disabilities. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute rehabilitation, outpatient, home care and long-term care. Currently, Smith teaches the following occupational therapy courses: Medical Evaluation and Intervention: Neurological and Cognitive, Functional Anatomy, Neurorehabilitation Across the Lifespan, Community-Based Practice and Project guidance.
Smith was the project director for Culture in the Curriculum (2006-2011). She has co-authored several guides on bringing culture into the curriculum for college and university rehabilitation programs. Her interest in other cultures and healthcare systems was further developed as the co-director of Health in Brazil, a University at Buffalo study abroad program. Smith has led student groups to Brazil in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013. She coordinates the reciprocal exchange between Brazil and the University at Buffalo.
Smith conducts clinical research on Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) using Internet-based rehabilitation sessions for individuals with stroke. She has presented this research at AOTA national conferences. Smith is a strong advocate for educating health professionals on the value of occupational therapy. She works with the physical therapy program on creating interprofessional collaborative experiences for physical therapy and occupational therapy students at the University at Buffalo's Behling Simulation Center.