Eastern Michigan University

Abbey Marterella, PhD, OTRL

Assistant Professor

Abbey Marterella, PhD, OTRL 313 Marshall

734.487.4096

amarterel@emich.edu

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Science, University of Southern California

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan University

Non-Profit Management Certificate, Eastern Michigan University

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan

Teaching Interests

Dr. Marterella has a vast array of clinical experience with adults in traditional and non-traditional practice arenas. Her clinical practice includes experience in the following areas: community-based mental health, jail diversion, outpatient case management, inpatient acute care and physical rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, home health care, and wellness programs for older adults.

Dr. Marterella’s teaching interests include: occupational therapy practice with adults, qualitative inquiry and translational research methods, and occupational science.

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Selected Publications:

Carlson, M., Jackson, J., Mandel, D., Blanchard, J., Holguin, J., Lai, M-Y., . . . Clark, F. (2013, March). Predictors of retention among African American and Hispanic older adult research participants in the Well Elderly 2 randomized controlled trial. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi:10.1177/0733464812471444

Aldrich, R., & Marterella, A. (2012, August). Community-engaged research: A path for occupational science in the changing university landscape. Journal of Occupational Science. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/14427591.2012.7140772

Clark, F., Jackson, J., Carlson, M., Chou, C., Cherry, B., Jordan-Marsh, M., . . . Azen, S. P. (2011, June 2). Effectiveness of a lifestyle intervention in promoting the wellbeing of independently living older people: Results of the well elderly 2 randomised clinical trial. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. doi:10.1136/jech.2009.099754

Carlson, M., Wilcox, R., Chou, C., Chang, M., Yang, F., Blanchard, J., . . . Clark, F. (2011, February 14). Psychometric properties of reverse-scored items on the CES-D in a sample of ethnically diverse older adults. Psychological Assessment. doi:101037/a0022584

Selected Presentations:

Marterella, A. (2014, May). Qualitative inquiry in intervention development research: Enhancing wellness approaches for adults with serious mental illness. Paper accepted for presentation at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL.

Marterella, A. (2014, May). Qualitative inquiry pedagogy: An approach to developing actively engaged healthcare professionals. Poster accepted for presentation at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL. 

Marterella, A. (accepted). Exploring tenant health and wellness in a supportive housing community: Enhancing intervention through occupational science research. Poster accepted for presentation at the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, Lexington, KY. Note: Unable to present due to conflicting teaching obligations.

Marterella, A. (2013, September). Promoting reflection, critical thinking, and active engagement: Teaching research as a means of inspiring habits for best practice. Invited paper presentation at the Third Annual Lyla M. Spelbring Endowed Lecture and Conference, Ypsilanti, MI.

Bartnicki, A., & Marterella, A. (2013, October). The Drama of Doing in a Supportive Housing Community. Poster presented at the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Troy, MI.

Dahl, L., Lay, L., Schiffman, M., & Marterella, A. (2013, October). Bridging a cultural divide: Understanding perceived staff and tenant roles in a supportive housing community. Poster presented at the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Troy, MI.

Marterella, A., & Aldrich, R. (2013, May). Cultivating Inquiring practitioners via pedagogy: A goal for qualitative research teachers in the health professions. Paper presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL. 

Marterella, A. (2013, May). Infusing “support” in supportive housing: A collaborative effort to understand tenants’ health and wellness needs. Poster presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL.

Blanchard, J., Leland, N., Mallinson, T., Marterella, A., & Vigen, C. (2013, April). Intervening with ethnically and racially diverse older adults: Evidence-based recommendations. Short course presented at the American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Marterella, A. (2012, October). Top-down transformation: Re-envisioning weight management in the lives of adults with mental illness. Poster presented at the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, Portland, OR.

Howells, V., Marterella, A., & Zakrajsek, A. (2012, September). Informing practice, Considering participation: Three approaches to community-based research. Panel presented at the Second Annual Lyla M. Spelbring Endowed Lecture and Conference, Ypsilanti, MI.

Marterella, A. (2012, May). Supporting survival: Re-conceptualizing weight management in the lives of adults with mental illness. Paper presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign, IL.

Marterella, A. (2011, February). Weighing down adults with mental illness: A qualitative study. Poster presented at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry Research Day, Los Angeles, CA.

Yang, F., Clark, F., Carlson, M., Chou, C-P., Mandel, D., Blanchard, J., . . . Marterella, A. (2009, July). A novel approach to examining life satisfaction index-z among community-dwelling older adults. Poster presented at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress, Paris, France.

Marterella, A. (2008, October). The meaning of teaching in an inclusive art studio: Exploring the artist’s experience. Paper presented at the Seventh Annual Society for the Study of Occupation: USA Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dickie, V., Bailliard, A., Marterella, A., & Molke, D. (2008, October). SSO USA 2008: A stock take of accumulated insights. Panel presented at the Seventh Annual Society for the Study of Occupation: USA Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Marterella, A. (2007, October). Situating dignity in occupational science. Paper presented at the Sixth Annual Society for the Study of Occupation Research Conference. October 26, 2007, Albuquerque, NM.

Howard, R., Matthews, D., & Marterella, A. (2005, October). Myotonic dystrophy: Role of rehabilitative occupational therapy services. Panel presented at the Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy Conference hosted by USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.

Funded Projects:

Dr. Marterella’s most recent involvement in funded research includes:

Principal Investigator 2012

Understanding Health and Wellness in the Lives of Adults with Mental Illness Residing in a Supported Housing Community

Designed and conducted a qualitative investigation of health and wellness for adults with mental illness funded by Eastern Michigan University. This research focused on examining health and wellness in the lives of tenants in a supported housing community as a basis for conceptualizing intervention.

Research Team Member 2005-2013

Principal Investigator: Florence Clark

Well Elderly II Randomized Controlled Trial

University of Southern California                                           

Conducted data collection and analysis for the Well-Elderly II Study funded by the National Institute on Aging (R01 AG021108-01A3). This research replicated the results of the original Well Elderly Study and examined the mediating mechanisms for the Lifestyle Redesign® Program’s positive effects.                            

Grant Preparation Team Member 2010

Principal Investigator: Florence Clark

Training in Rehabilitation Efficacy and Effectiveness Trials (TREET) Program

University of Southern California

Participated in grant-writing for the TREET Program funded by National Institutes of Health and National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (T32) (Award No: 1T32 HD064578-01A1). This program serves to train post-doctoral candidates in translational research.

Additional Information

Scholarly/ Research Interests:

Dr. Marterella’s scholarly interests include: Intervention development research in occupational science and occupational therapy, community-engaged research, adult health and wellness, community-based intervention for adults with mental illness, and developing deeper understandings of occupation through qualitative inquiry. Dr. Marterella’s particular area of expertise is the use of qualitative inquiry in intervention development and occupational science research.

Professional Service:

Member, Graduate Research Conference Committee, Eastern Michigan University, Spring/Summer 2014

Reviewer, Student Scholarship Grants, Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, Summer 2014

Reviewer, 2014 Annual Conference, Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, Spring 2014

Chair, Scholarship Committee, Eastern Michigan University Occupational Therapy Program, Fall 2013-Present

Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, Spring 2013-Present

Member, Search Committee, Eastern Michigan University Therapeutic Recreation Program, Spring/Summer 2014

Reviewer, Student Scholarship Grants, Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, Spring 2013

Reviewer, Student Scholarship Committee, Eastern Michigan University Occupational Therapy Program, Spring 2013

Reviewer, Graduate Research Fair Submissions, Eastern Michigan University, Winter 2013

Research Faculty Fellow, Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency-Eastern Michigan University Collaboration, January 2012-Present

Member, Library Advisory Council, Eastern Michigan University, September 2012-Present

Member, University Graduate Council, Eastern Michigan University, September 2012-Present

Member, Strategic Direction Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Committee, College of Health and Human Services Eastern Michigan University, April 2012-Present

Pro Bono Occupational Therapy Consultant, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, March 2012

Participant, Presidential Scholar’s Event, Eastern Michigan University, December 2011, December 2012

Member, Prevention and Wellness Committee on Health Care Reform, American Occupational Therapy Association, June 2011-November 2012

Coordinator, Graduate Student Research Project Poster Session, Occupational Therapy Program, Eastern Michigan University, April 2012-Present

Reviewer, Pediatric Toy Project Poster Session, Occupational Therapy Program, Eastern Michigan University, April 2012

Member, Occupational Therapy Program Advanced Education Needs Assessment Committee, Eastern Michigan University, June 2011-December 2011

Member, Well Elderly 2 Randomized Controlled Trial Research Team, University of Southern California, August 2005-April 2013

Member, Curriculum Committee, University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Therapy, 2010

Abstract Reviewer, Conference Committee, Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, 2006-2009, 2014

Occupational Science Symposium Coordinator, University of Southern California, 2008-2010

Ad Hoc Peer Reviewer, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2008

Honors & Awards:

2014                     Service Award, American Occupational Therapy Association

2013                     Women of Excellence Nominee, Eastern Michigan University

2012                     Dean’s Award for Scholarly Activity, Eastern Michigan University

2012                     Provost’s Research Award for New Faculty, Eastern Michigan University

2010                     Penelope Louise Richardson Award, University of Southern California

2005-2010            Full funding for doctoral studies, University of Southern California

2004                     Outstanding M.S. Student Award, Eastern Michigan University

2000                     Distinguished Alumna Award, Eastern Michigan University

2000                     Excellence in County Government Nomination, Washtenaw County, MI

1997                     Golden Key National Honor Society

1995-1997            Lyle Craine Memorial Scholarship

The Occupational Therapy Program is part of the School of Health Sciences, 313 Everett L. Marshall Building, 734.487.4096