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Mary V Donohue, PhD, OTL, FAOTA is a semi-retired clinical professor of psychosocial occupational therapy who taught at NYU for twenty years. Her specialty is activity group process and profiles. She has studied assessment tool development at the post-doctoral level, and carried out research with occupational therapy graduate students and clinicians in community and clinical settings to establish the validity, reliability and sensitivity of the Social Profile.  While at NYU, Dr. Donohue served as a committee member for numerous doctoral students, and  doctoral proposal panel review boards, as well as final oral presentations.

Mary V Donohue, Author of Social Profile
Mary Donohue

Dr. Donohue currently serves as Co-Chair of Research for the NY Metro Board and the New York State Board of Occupational Therapy. Over the years, these boards have awarded 26 start-up research grants to local and state occupational therapists to support their studies in clinics, schools and in the community. Mary Donohue also serves on the New York State Board of Education for Occupational Therapy Licensure to safeguard the public receiving therapy services. She is an active member of the Mental Health Task Force of the Metro District, thus keeping current with trends in the field. 


Mary V. Donohue also works as the Co-Editor of the Journal of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health (OTMH), taking care of publicity and double issues.


Mary also enjoys serving on the Board of the New York Sailing Club as Vice Commodore for membership. She has been a NYSC member for over 30 years, serving as a crew person with galley gourmet skills. They are her closest social club with a profile for generosity in sharing sailboat daysails, weekend rendezvous, and summer cruises, ranking them at a mature level on the Social Profile. 


A few years ago, Mary moved to New Jersey to live close to her significant friend. She is currently attending classes in yoga at the Waldwick Library, Sing, Sing, Sing show-tune chorus at Bergen Community College, and Italian classes at Ramsey High School, as well as an Arthritis Movement Group in Midland Park. It is evident that she believes in being a group member as well as leader, taking on responsibilities to enable groups to sustain their spirit and enterprise.


Mary’s initial group experience was with her family of two brothers and two sisters who are still in close touch and enjoy meeting together beyond weddings and funerals. She has 17 nieces and nephews and 23 grand-nieces and -nephews. Their social profiles are way out there.

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