Dr. Mahoney’s clinical interests focus on fostering participation with children, youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in home, school and community settings.
Dr. Mahoney’s research involves interpreting and enriching occupational contexts through two lines of scholarly activity. She works to understand and support how individuals with developmental disabilities engage in occupation, often with an emphasis on supportive social contexts and ascertaining the views of individuals with developmental disabilities. She also studies the historical context of people and events in occupational therapy, including LGBTQ issues.
Dr. Mahoney teaches occupational therapy theory, evaluation and intervention with children and youth, and other content.
2018: MA in history, DePaul University
2018: Graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies, DePaul University
2008: PhD in occupational therapy, Nova Southeastern University
1999: MS in occupational therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy
1997: BA in biology (honors), Saint Louis University
Johnson, K. R., Blaskowitz, M., & Mahoney, W. J. (2019). Occupational therapy practice with adults with intellectual disability: What more can we do? Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7(2), article 12. doi: 10.15453/2168-6408.1573.
Mahoney, W. J., Ceballos, J., & Amir, N. (2019). Occupational therapy practitioners’ perceptions about older adults with developmental disabilities in traditional healthcare settings. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(3), 7303345010. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2019.029835
Peters, C. O., Martin P. M., & Mahoney, W. J. (2017). The Philadelphia School of Occupational Therapy: A centennial lesson. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 1(1), 1-18. doi: 10.26681/jote.2017.010108
Mahoney, W. J., Peters, C. O., & Martin, P. M. (2017). Willard and Spackman’s enduring legacy for future occupational therapy pathways. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(1), 7101100020p1-7101100020p7. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2017.023994
Mahoney, W. J., Roberts, E., Bryze, K., & Parker-Kent, J. (2016). Occupational engagement and adults with intellectual disabilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(1), 7001350030p1-7001350030p6. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2016.016576
Mahoney, W., & Roberts, E. (2009). Co-occupation in a day program for adults with developmental disabilities. Journal of Occupational Science, 16, 170-179. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2009.9686659
Mahoney, W. J. (2020). History of occupational therapy education. In S. Taff, L. C. Grajo, & B. Hooper (Eds.), Perspectives in occupational therapy education: Past, present, and future (pp. 13-28). Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.
Mahoney, W. J. (2020). Intellectual disability and occupational therapy. In K. Bryze (Ed.), Occupational therapy for adults with intellectual disability (pp. 1-9). Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.
Mahoney, W. J. (2020). Promoting participation and occupational engagement. In K. Bryze (Ed.), Occupational therapy for adults with intellectual disability (pp. 87-98). Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.
Martin, P. M., Peters, C. O., & Mahoney, W. J. (2018). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy: The book that captured a profession. In B. A. B. Schell & G. Gillen (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (13th ed., pp. xxxvii-xlix). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
Mahoney, W. J. (2018). 100 years of occupational therapy then and now. The ILOTA Communique, Issue 1, 27.
Mahoney, W. (2017, August). Farewell from the DD SIS chairperson. SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 2(3), 31.
Mahoney, W. J. (2017). Occupational therapy centennial birthday celebration. The ILOTA Communique, Issue 2, 14.
Mahoney, W. J., & Murphy, T. (2017). Teaching occupational therapy history: Their stories are my stories. The ILOTA Communique, Issue 1, 1-5.
Villacrusis, M., Mahoney, W., & Bruneau, L. (2016). Adults with developmental disabilities: Strategies to address a population trend. The ILOTA Communique, Issue 2, 12-13.
Mahoney, W. (2015). April: Autism/private separate day school. In S. Cahill, & P. Bowyer (Eds.), Cases in pediatric occupational therapy: Assessment and intervention (pp. 73-76). Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.
Mahoney, W. (2015). Carlos: Duchenne muscular dystrophy/hospice. In S. Cahill, & P. Bowyer (Eds.), Cases in pediatric occupational therapy: Assessment and intervention (pp. 170-173). Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.
Mahoney, W. J. (2015). Developmental disabilities. In A. Wagenfeld (Ed.), Foundations of theory and practice for the occupational therapy assistant (pp. 357-374). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
Bennett, C., & Mahoney, W. (2015). Network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender concerns in occupational therapy. In Multicultural, Diversity, and Inclusion Network Toolkit. Retrieved from https://www.aota.org/Practice/Manage/Multicultural/Cultural-Competency-Tool-Kit/network.aspx
Mahoney, W. J., Soares, P. D., Yoder, W. L., Lewis, A. T., Hristodoulopoulos, J., Osisioma, P., & Ayala-Castellano, E. (2015). Through the eyes of a child: Using photography for occupational profiles with young children. OT Practice, 20(3), 11-13.
Mahoney, W. (2014, December). Welcome from the new chairperson. Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly, 37(4), 1.
Mahoney, W. (2014). Practice perks: Developing occupational profiles for younger children. OT Practice, 19(15), 18.
Mahoney, W. J., Yontz, R., Warlick, J. C., Lynch, E., Villacrusis, M., & Wesley, R. (2013, September). Enhancing participation by fostering positive relationships with adults with developmental disabilities. Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Quarterly, 36(3), 1-4.
2018: Tenure, Midwestern University
2018: LGBTQ Studies Annual Creative and Scholarly Works Award, DePaul University
2018: Excellence in Service Commendation (for mentorship of new faculty member), Midwestern University
2017: Calibrated Rater, Evaluation of Social Interaction
2017: Service Commendation, Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Chair, American Occupational Therapy Association
2016: Inducted into Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, DePaul University
2014: Service Commendation, Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section Professional Development Coordinator (Forums), American Occupational Therapy Association
2013: Calibrated Rater, Assessment of Motor and Process Skills
2011: Certificate of Distinction in Assessment, Chicago State University
1998: Inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy Honor Society, Washington University School of Medicine
1995: Inducted into Golden Key International Honour Society, St. Louis University
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