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Maralynne Mitcham

Maralynne Mitcham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Maralynne D. Mitcham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor and Assistant Dean
College of Health Professions

151B Rutledge Avenue, MSC 962
Charleston, SC 29425


  • PhD, Educational Psychology. University of Georgia (1983)
  • MHE, Health Education, Medical College of Georgia (1977)
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, Medical College of Georgia (1976)
  • Diploma Occupational Therapy, Saint Andrew's School of Occupational Therapy, Northampton, England (1971)

Areas of Teaching

  • Introduction to Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • Community-Based Practice
  • Instructional Design

Research Interests

  • Interprofessional education
  • Caring and compassion
  • Faculty Development

Selected Publications

  • Wise, H.H., Brotherton, S.S., & Mitcham, M.D. (2008). From scholarly teaching to the scholarship of teaching: A retrospective look at strategies that foster the transition of scholarly work in allied health into credible forms of scholarship.  Journal of Allied Health, 37, E50-68.
  • Blue, A.V., Mitcham, M.D., Smith, T.G., Raymond, J.R., & Greenberg, R.S. (2010). Changing the future of health professions by embedding interprofessional education within an academic health center. Academic Medicine, 85(8), 1291-1295.
  • Blue, A.V., Charles, L., Howell, D., Koutalos, Y., Mitcham, M., Nappi, J., & Zoller, J. (2010). Introducing students to patient safety through an online interprofessional course. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, 1, 1017-114.
  • Graber, D. R., Mitcham, M.D., Coker-Bolt, P., Wise H.H., Jacques, P., Edlund, B., Annan-Coultas, D. (2012). The caring professionals program: Educational approaches that integrate caring attitudes and empathic behaviors into health professions curricula. Journal of Allied Health (in press).

Recent Grants as Principal Investigator

  • Co-Principal Investigator with David Graber. The Caring Health Professionals Program, Arthur Vining Davis Foundations $199, 543.00 (2009-2011).
  • Coinvestigator. Project TEACH, Health Resources and Services Administration $694,489.00 (2007-2010). Principal Investigator: Paul Jacques.
  • Coinvestigator. Transitioning and Integrating Graduate Education in Rural Settings, Health Resources and Services Administration $1,630,281 (2010 - 2015). Principal Investigator: Paul Jacques.


  • Honorary Professor, Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Senior Consultant, Center of Occupational Therapy Education, Colorado State University


  • 1996 Ellen Garms Lectureship, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • 1998 Meritorious Service Award, American Occupational Therapy Foundation
  • 1999 Excellence in Service Award, College of Health Professions
  • 2000 Teaching Excellence Award in the Educator-Mentor Category, Medical University of South Carolina
  • 2002 Scholar of the Year Award, College of Health Professions
  • 2002 Honorary Life Membership, Board of Directors, American Occupational Therapy Foundation
  • 2006 Recognition of Achievement Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association for Advancing Occupational Therapy Education through Faculty Development,
  • 2009 Collaborating Faculty Scholar Award, Division of Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Professions
  • 2009 Distinguished Faculty Service Award, Medical University of South Carolina

Professional Organizations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association

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