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Open 9/6/17 through 10/9/17!

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Upcoming Events!

Traumatic Brain Injury for Behavioral Health Professionals Hot Topic Event

DATE: September 30th from 9am-12pm


Towson University 

Enrollment Services Room #117

8000 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252

SPEAKER Details:

Anastasia Edmondson, MS, CRC

This is not an event to miss. Anastasia is a true advocate with a heart for educating the public on all things TBI through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She will be focusing on "TBI and the behavioral health professional" and tying in all that core knowledge into practical applications for occupational therapists. 






37th Annual MOTA Conference

November 10, 2017

Radisson Hotel North Baltimore


Conference Brochure

2017 37th Annual MOTA Conference Brochure UPDATED Sept17 2017.pdf

** Celebrating the OT Centennial **

Keynote Speaker:  

Donna AshmanExecutive Director of MD Board of OT    

"Important Dates in Occupational Therapy History"

Multiple Options for Contact Hours:  7.0 Total 

NEW this year: *Education Track Option*


2017 Official MOTA Vendor Packet.pdf

**Please click on the "Events!" tab to register

Please contact Lauren Carls Deaver (VP Events) with questions


MOTA - Support Hurricane Relief

MOTA is committed to helping our neighboring associations during times of disaster.  We are providing links to resources and OT needs, should you like to get involved.



Below are a list of nominees for the MOTA vacant Board Positions.  Voting to take place in September.


Lori Patria, MS, OTR/L:  I respectfully submit my name for consideration for MOTA Treasurer.  I have  privilege of serving as the current MOTA Treasurer where I have been responsible for preparing the budget for board approval, keeping an account of all financial transactions and tracking performance to budget, ensuring completion of all tax related documents, and actively participating in all board activities to name a few key activities.  In my 25+ years of experience as an occupational therapist I have served in many roles such as  Director of Therapy Services at University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, Adjunct Faculty at Towson University and Community College of Baltimore County, Communication Liaison for AOTA Physical Disabilities Special Interest Section (2 terms), member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, and manager for the Maryland Mayhem wheelchair rugby team.  All of these roles have provided me with experience in leadership, financial management, teaching/mentoring, advocacy, and project management.  These skills are valuable to the role of treasurer in not only managing the finances of our association but also playing a role in our mission which is to represent, support and advance the practice of occupational therapy in the State of Maryland.  I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve another term and work with our board and membership to grow and strengthen our professional association.


VP Awards and Nominations

Derek Piggott, MOT, OTR/L is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science at Towson University. He has served on the MOTA Executive Board as VP of Nominations & Awards from 2014-2017. His area of clinical expertise is mental health practice in inpatient and community settings. His teaching and scholarship are focused on mental health practice and fieldwork education. He serves as a fieldwork educator at the Institute for Well-Being in both the Occupational Therapy Center and the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism in various programs focused on improving occupational engagement for individuals living in the community. He also works PRN at UMMS St. Joseph Medical Center in inpatient psychiatry and the partial hospitalization program.

VP of Advocacy


Sonia Lawson is an Associate Professor at Towson University and has served as past MOTA President and past Awards & Nominations Chairperson. Committed to advocacy for the profession, she regularly teaches the Issues in Occupational Therapy course. This has enabled her to connect with the Federal Affairs Department at AOTA and discuss state issues with the lobbyist for Maryland as well as AOTA’s state association liaison. During this time of uncertainty in the enactment of legislation that secures occupational therapy’s place in service provision and access for all people to health services, she feels that it is important for Maryland OT voices to be heard. If elected to this position, she is committed to increasing advocacy and activism among Maryland OTs for important issues that are in need of our profession’s perspective on health and disability. 

VP Communications

Awaiting Nominations

Student Representative

 OTA -Kaitlyn Fitzhugh is currently an OTA student at Wor-Wic Community College.  She takes a special interest in emerging practice areas such as animal assisted therapy.  In her career, she hopes to advocate for the profession of occupational therapy and provide the most realistic, purposeful, and meaningful activities for the clients she encounters. 


MOTA Celebrating the Centennial 

MOTA is compiling information on the important role that Maryland had in the development of our profession.  If you would like to help with this project, please email

All help is welcome and you can give as much or as little time as you would like!

Please join us is showing everyone just how special OT in Maryland is!


Please visit the Maryland Moments tab for updates as this process continues!

April 4th at 5:30pm and April 8th (time to be determined) we will be getting together to sift through OT history.  If you are interested in helping please contact me at the above email.

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