M. POLLIE PRICE, PhD portrait
  • Program Director, Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Department Program, Occupational & Recreational Therapies
  • Associate Chair, Occupational & Recreational Therapies
  • Associate Professor, Occupational & Recreational Therapies
  • Director of Graduate Studies , Occupational & Recreational Therapies

Current Courses

Spring 2023

  • OC TH 300-001
    Intro To Occup Therap
  • OC TH 3000-001
    Intro to Occup Therapy
  • OC TH 6980-002
    Special Workshops
  • OC TH 7220-001
    Leadership Mgmt Sem II

Fall 2022

Professional Organizations

  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation. 07/15/2019 - 06/15/2020. Position : Chair-Student Scholarship Commmittee.
  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation. 12/17/2014 - 06/15/2019. Position : Student Scholarship Committee Member.
  • Utah Occupational Therapy Association. 09/15/2004 - 05/18/2021. Position : Member; Board Member.
  • Society for the Study of Occupation-USA. 03/14/2003 - present. Position : Member, committee member, Board member.
  • American Occupational Therapy Association. 08/22/1978 - present. Position : Member.

Practice History

  • Adult Neuro-rehabilitation: Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Neuro-degenerative diseases. 07/09/2004 - present .

Teaching Philosophy

I teach from a philosophy that supports adult learning through innovative methods, including group learning activities and assessments that emphasize synthesis and complex clinical reasoning. Activities include written papers, case study applications, comparative analysis and interactions with community clients. Although I use lectures for more complex material, I prefer to have students read materials ahead and participate in directed learning activities and class discussions in which they can integrate and apply concepts. I am committed to helping students to more clearly understand the relationships between research, theory, and practice and to use these relationships to inform their professional reasoning. I am also committed to helping students develop their therapeutic use of self, narrative reasoning, and empathic competence. These aspects are the art and science of the profession and are central to a strong professional identity and ethos.

Courses I Teach

  • OCTH 6350 - Disability Culture and Society
    Course Description: An interdisciplinary course in Disability Studies provides an overview of the purposeful, unequal treatment experienced by people with disabilities in the U.S. The course explores the concept of disability in health, educational, economic, and legal systems, as well as the perspectives of people with disabilities themselves. The course critically examines factors that support systemic oppression, and methods and strategies of moving toward a more inclusive society. Students will participate in a community engaged learning project that will help them to reflect and integrate key concepts from the course and their own disciplines. This course is intended to prepare undergraduate students with knowledge and understanding of disability in order to enhance their knowledge and skills as professionals and citizens.

Small Group Teaching

  • DEEP: Diabetes Education & Empowerment Program, an interdisciplinary student-run program delivered via telehealth with persons with Type II diabetes, in partnership with the Midvale CBC Clinic, and preceptors from occupational therapy (Price), pharmacy (Shane-McWhorter), and medicine (Samuelson). Students are from occupational therapy, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy, dentistry.  09/14/2020  -  04/21/2021

Current Students

  • Faith Moy, Other, Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Cambria Priebe, Other, Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Ann Abel, Other, Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Maren Voss, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member.
  • Jessica Duquette, Other, Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Travis Chamberlian, Other, Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Mitch Galbraith, Other, Project Type: Project. Role: Member.
  • Adam Perkins, Other, Project Type: Project. Role: Member.