Mary Seamon Zellers, M.S., OTR/L

Instructor of Occupational Therapy

 

Educational Background

  • M.S. Occupational Therapy, Misericordia University                
  • B.S. General Studies, Misericordia University

 

Biography

Mary Seamon-Zellers, MS, OTR/L joined Alvernia University in August 2010 as an instructor in the Occupational Therapy Program. Ms. Zellers graduated from Misericordia University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in General Studies. While a student at Misericordia, her research project focused on Factors Occupational Therapy Students Consider When Selecting Their Level II Fieldwork Site. Ms. Zellers is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Misericordia University, specializing in pediatrics and cognition.

Ms. Zellers has previously taught at Misericordia University as well as Ithaca College. Her interest in academia began when she was appointed student coordinator at Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital in Glen Gardner, NJ where she supervised 23 Level II FW students, and approximately 40 Level I students. Along with experience with students, Ms. Zellers contributes to the Alvernia Occupational Therapy Department with her vast experience in various practice settings.

Her work experience includes mental health, pediatrics, home health and geriatrics. Ms. Zellers also has management experience in the nursing home setting. Currently at Alvernia, Ms. Zellers teaches pediatric and behavioral health performance courses, theory and foundational coursework, along with having served as a research chair to 4 student projects. Additionally, she has presented to various groups regarding Generational Differences on Fieldwork, Panic Disorder and Depression, Decreasing Stigma of Mental Ilness, How to Support a Family Member in Crisis and Tips for Teachers: Incorporating Strategies in the Classroom to Improve Attention, Handwriting and Sensory Issues. Her most recent research group, which studied Multisensory Approaches Effect on Typically Developmental Kindergarteners was recently accepted to the Pennsylvania Asssoication of Occupational Therapist conference in October 2014.

Also at the University, Ms. Zellers advises the Student Occupational Therapy Assoication (SOTA) and is a faculty liaison for Association for Sexual Assault Prevention Peers (ASAPP).

Ms Zellers represents the occupational therapy department on the faculty wide committee of NETVUE which studies how the unviersity can more effectively infuse the Mission of our University. As this is a topic she is passionate about, Ms. Zellers, along with her faculty peers in the Occupational Therapy Department, was a recipient of an innovative grant about infusing institutional values to increase professional behaviors in occupational therapy students. This has led to Ms. Zellers presenting nationally at the AOTA Education Summit, and she also co-authored the presentation and the POTA conference in 2013. With her collegues she presented the same topic at the AFCU conference.

In the community, Ms. Zellers volunteers for various organizations which help children with disabilities. This ranges from assisting with fundraising for the charities to consulting with staff at the facilities to maximize the children's occupational performance. Ms. Zellers also has a passion for those with mental health issues and does devote time to working with individuals to develop coping strategies and resourcefulness.

Ms. Zellers currently resides in Reading, PA with her husband and their 2 children. Her leisure interests include spending time with her family, going to the beach, completing logic puzzles and jewelry making.