Mary Ann Smith


Mary Ann Smith.

Mary Ann Smith


Mary Ann Smith


Research Topics

Access to health care for elders including foreign born elders and methods of rehabilitation across cultures.

Overview Publications


Mary Ann Smith, PhD, OTR/L, has over 25 years of experience in the area of adult physical disabilities, working in acute rehabilitation, outpatient, home care and long-term care. Smith’s research explored Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) using internet-based rehabilitation sessions for people with stroke.

Teaching in UB’s OT program from 1999 to 2019, Smith was also the project director for Culture in the Curriculum (2006-2011). She co-authored several guides on bringing culture into the curriculum for college and university rehabilitation programs. Her interest in other cultures and health care systems developed further when she was the co-director of Health in Brazil, a University at Buffalo study abroad program. Smith led student groups to Brazil in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013.

Smith now serves on the faculty of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.


  • PhD, sociology, University at Buffalo, February 2010
  • MS, occupational therapy, University at Buffalo, 1999
  • BS, occupational therapy, University at Buffalo, 1991
  • AAS, occupational therapy, Erie Community College, 1985

Professional Affiliations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapy
  • New York State Association of Occupational Therapists, Niagara Frontier District


  • NYSOTA: Merit for Practice: Physical Disabilities and Education award on November 7, 2015, White Plains, NY.