Occupational Therapy

Department of Occupational Therapy

Alexia E. Metz Ph.D., OTR/L

Alexia E. Metz, Ph.D., OTR/L.
Assistant Professor
Occupational Therapy Program
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
The University of Toledo
Mail Stop 119
2801 W.  Bancroft Street
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390
Phone: (419) 530-6662
Fax: (419) 530-4780
Email: alexia.metz@utoledo.edu


B.S. 1995, Eastern Michigan University, Occupational Therapy

Ph.D. 2006, Northwestern University, Neuroscience

Dr. Metz joined the Occupational Therapy Program in 2007.


Dr. Metz’s research interests center around occupational therapy interventions for children and support of their families. She seeks to contribute to our understanding of sensory processing disorders, including the use of state-of-the-art techniques to measure neural activity. She has been identified to lead research efforts for the Special Kids Therapy Sensory Playroom at ProMedica’s Toledo Children’s Hospital, funded by Auto Dealers United for Kids. Dr. Metz was recognized with a McNair Scholars Outstanding Research Mentor Award.

Examples of student research Dr. Metz has advised:

  • Participation in play and leisure occupations in children who have a sibling with Autism
  • The effect of pretending on play with distasteful messy substances
  • The effect of thematically related toy play on engagement in storybook reading in children with hearing impairment
  • Caregivers knowledge, attitudes and implementations of awake infant prone positioning When a child has a disability: Exploring the family experience through photovoice


  • 2007 Center for Teaching and Learning grant
  • 2010 Student Centeredness Nominee

OCCT702/PHYT 507 In this interprofessional course, Dr. Metz provides an introduction to the nervous system, with emphasis on the neurological basis of human function and the effects of neurological conditions (disease, injury, and mental illness) on performance. The course includes lectures ranging from the physiology of neurons to systems-level neuroscience. Students engage in studying the scientific literature as it relates to rehabilitation practice and perform a dissection of a human brain!

OCCT704 In this course, Dr. Metz introduces knowledge specific to Occupational Therapy practice with pediatric populations, including psychosocial, cognitive, and physical development; child- and family-centered practice; and the occupations of children. Several models of practice used in pediatric Occupational Therapy are introduced or reviewed including psychosocial, acquisitional, play, and sensory integration. Students have the opportunity to practice conducting an assessment with a  typically developing child at a local child care facility

OCCT805 This course is team-taught with Drs. Hatkevich and Rice. It focuses on occupational performance throughout the lifespan, including psychosocial aspects of disease and disability, as well as, prevention of occupational impairment. In this course, Dr. Metz provide students with opportunities to interact with children and parents of children with special needs.


Dr. Metz is serving as the director of SOIT, which receives support from endowment of Mrs. Judith Herb. The school is developing interprofessional courses and practical experiences to ensure best practices for young children and their families.


Dr. Metz enjoys time with her family, particularly the joys and challenges of raising twins. When she and her husband get a chance, they enjoy going to the movies, cheering for the Chicago Cubs (among other sports loyalties), and dining out. She is an avid reader and enjoys crafts.


Last Updated: 6/9/16