Carol Lambdin-Pattavina, MSOT, OTD, OTR/L, CTP


Assistant Professor


Proctor Hall 318
Portland Campus

Dr. Carol Lambdin-Pattavina has been a licensed and registered occupational therapist for over 20 years.  Her primary clinical focus is adolescent and adult community-based mental health. Dr. Lambdin-Pattavina has specialized in working with individuals and groups to craft a life of their design through the use of occupation. She has spearheaded the development of several community-based programs including: a supported employment program for community dwelling adults, a computer training program for those with chronic mental health challenges and a sensory-based program for adolescents from hard places. She is a staunch advocate for those labeled with 'mental illness' and is actively involved in the local and national community to improve systems of care and eradicate the stigma that breeds occupational injustice. Her research interests include community, occupation-based interventions for marginalized and underrepresented individuals, the scholarship of teaching and learning and inter-professional education.  Dr. Lambdin-Pattavina has extensive teaching experience in courses related to mental health, occupational analysis, group work, communication and therapeutic use of self.

Dr. Lambdin-Pattavina is very involved in professional activities at the local, state and national level including the Maine Occupational Therapy Association and holds leadership positions with the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Society for the Study of Occupation.



Chatham University
M.S. Occupational Therapy
Florida International University
B.A. Theatre Arts
Towson University


Mental health


Selected publications

Lambdin-Pattavina, C., & O’Brien, J. (2021). Teaching in the new millennium: An autoethnographic approach to exploring occupational adaptation of occupational therapy professors. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice21(4).

Lambdin-Pattavina, C. (2020). Wellness, prevention and advocacy. In N. Carson (Ed.) Psychosocial Occupational Therapy (pp. 262-282). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Lambdin-Pattavina, C. A., Desiderio, K., Gilmore, R., & Manohar, B., (2020). Using appreciative inquiry to explore and enhance perceptions of empowerment for those experiencing homelessness: A pilot study. Work65(2), 271–283.

Fette, C., Lambdin-Pattavina, C., & Weaver, L. L. (2019). Continuing Education Article. Understanding and applying trauma-informed approaches across occupational therapy settings. OT Practice24(5), 35.

Lambdin-Pattavina, C. (2019). You've come a long way baby: An autoethnographic approach to identifying the perceived health benefits of smoking. Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation, Scottsdale, AZ.

Lambdin-Pattavina, C. (2019). Burnout and compassion fatigue: Caring for the “carers”. Relias Continuing @

Paul-Ward, A. Lambdin-Pattavina, C. (2016).  New roles for occupational therapy to promote independence among youth aging out of foster care. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 70(3), 1-5.

Paul-Ward, A. Lambdin-Pattavina, C. & Haskell, A. (2014). Occupational therapy’s emerging role with transitioning adolescents in foster care. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health 30(2), 162-177.

Lambdin-Pattavina, C., Cabrera, K. , Peirce, C.,  Decker, R., Denne, A., Desiderio, K., Gilmore, R., Gutierrez, A., Immerman, C., Manohar, B., Roncesvalles, J., West, A. & Williams, R. (2017).  “Promoting occupational justice using an appreciative inquiry approach with key stakeholders at a day shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness”: Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation, Seattle, WA

2017 Lambdin-Pattavina, C. & Reese-Walter, J. “Using Art to Facilitate Communication and Understanding of Differing Perspectives among Interprofessional Groups of Healthcare Students: Results of A Pilot Study”: American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Beauchamp, D., Lambdin-Pattavina, C., Pace, J., Razla, S., & Voyles, C. “Attitudes of, Supports for, and Barriers towards Interprofessional Education Among Faculty of and Students Enrolled in Graduate Healthcare Curricula”: American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA