Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program


The program faculty is composed of dedicated professionals who have achieved national reputations in the field of Occupational Therapy. The following is a brief introduction to the faculty:

Beth Ann Hatkevich, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA - Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Clinical and Educational Programming.  Dr. Hatkevich has expertise with sensory processing strategies as it relates to adolescent and adult performance deficits.  She has a strong clinical background and has worked with various populations in both rehabilitation and mental health settings.  She is a leader in community based treatment models for occupational therapy practice.  She also has a strong interest in learning and teaching strategies and client motivational factors.  BethAnn.Hatkevich@UToledo.edu

Susan Margaret (Maggie) Maloney, PhD, OTR/L
- Assistant Professor, Dr. Maloney has practiced and taught occupational therapy for almost two decades.  As a clinician, she worked primarily in the areas behavioral health, wellness promotion, and drug and alcohol addiction.  Her scholarly interests and research projects have investigated issues surrounding university student mental health and substance abuse; student time use patterns; health benefits of serious leisure pursuits; psychosocial issues surrounding cancer treatment and recovery; occupational imbalance and occupational dysfunction; and the benefits of community-based service-learning and interprofessional education (IPE) programming. Susan.Maloney@utoledo.edu

Alexia E. Metz, Ph.D., OTR/L  - Associate Professor, Director, Occupational Therapy Program.  Dr. Metz has practiced primarily in pediatrics in a variety of settings.  She completed her graduate work in neuroscience because of her interest researching the neural mechanisms of sensory processing disorders and treatment.  She contributes to the curriculum in the areas of neuroanatomy & physiology, neurological impairment, child development & conditions, and pediatric treatment approaches. Alexia.Metz@UToledo.edu

Laura Schmelzer Ph.D., OTR/L - Assistant Professor. Dr. Schmelzer's clinical expertise is focused on adults who have incurred neurological and/or orthopedic injuries. Her research interests include developing and implementing occupation-based and community focused programs for marginalized populations. Curriculum contributions include biomechanical assessment and intervention, clinical reasoning, advocacy and leadership. Laura.Schmelzer@utoledo.edu

Nicole Stotz, OTD, OTR/L - Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Stotz has clinical expertise with the adult and geriatric populations in various therapeutic settings. Her teaching responsibilities include courses focused on fieldwork, communication, professional development, ethics, and clinical documentation.  She is the Coordinator of Fieldwork and Professional Development in the Occupational Therapy Program which involves arranging fieldwork placements for students throughout the program, monitoring students during fieldwork experiences, and mentoring students. Nicole.stotz@utoledo.edu

In addition to the faculty above, the OTD program is proud to collaborate with many occupational therapists working in the community. These experienced therapists provide supervision for fieldwork education and practicum experiences. They also share their clinical expertise via guest lectures throughout the curriculum. Their contributions enrich our program and add substantially to the depth and breadth of the OTD program.

Last Updated: 9/20/21