Marilyn B. (Marli) Cole, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapy Professor Emerita at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She is the author of Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy, now in its third edition (SLACK Incorporated, 2005). A graduate of University of Pennsylvania, she practiced for 16 years in mental health, pediatrics, and geriatrics. She holds an advanced certification in Sensory Integration and has published chapters on theory application, client-centered groups, occupational therapy (OT) interventions in retirement, volunteering, and end-of-life issues, theories of aging, and theory development in OT. As an educator, she has taught courses in therapeutic use of self, group leadership, frames of reference, psychopathology, geriatrics, sensory integration, group dynamics, evaluation, intervention, health conditions, problem-based learning, and research. As a fieldwork I coordinator, she has developed student experiences in hospital and community mental health, geriatrics, wellness, and prevention in the United States, England, Costa Rica, and Australia. Research interests and journal publications include mental health assessment, group size and engagement, time mastery, therapeutic relationships, civic engagement, and OT interventions for the Third Age (retirement). At home in Connecticut or in Freeport, Bahamas, Marli and her husband, Martin Schiraldi, enjoy traveling, cruising, skiing, sailing, and scuba diving.
Roseanna Tufano, LMFT, OTR/L, is an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University as well as the Academic Coordinator for the department. Her interests and expertise are within the practice of mental health, where she has practiced for over 25 years among varied levels of care. As an educator, she has taught courses in OT theory application, psychopathology, group dynamics, psychosocial adaptation to physical disorders, and mental health interventions. She has published several chapters on related topics and has lectured and consulted to both professional and consumer-oriented audiences. With her advanced clinical degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Roseanna joins her husband Lou in a private practice called "Enduring Families" aimed to support individuals and families to endure meaningful roles. Likewise, she is very active in serving students within the Quinnipiac University community and was given the "Outstanding Faculty Award" by the Student Government Association in both 1999 and 2003. Among her most memorable endeavors at Quinnipiac, she delivered the "Freshman Address" at the University Convocation where her daughter, Carissa, sat among the incoming class of 2006. She enjoys traveling and spending family time with her husband; children, Carissa and Brett; and dog, Armani.
"This is a superb introductory textbook on occupational therapy theory, with applicability for students, clinicians, educators and researchers alike. The book begins with a compelling discussion of current trends in health care and does a superb job of honoring the history of occupational therapy. It effectively sets occupational theory over the past century with the larger context of societal and health system trends. Tables accompany each chapter and effectively summarize these analyses. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to students of theory and practice in occupational therapy, whether beginners or advanced, novice or experienced. This book represents a significant and thoughtful contribution to the short list of resources that attempt to provide a fair and even-handed overview of occupational therapy theory."
-- Mary Ann McColl, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy