Marsha Neville, PhD, OT

Professor, Dallas Center

Marsha Neville


IHSD 8806
5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue
Dallas, TX 75235
Phone: 214-689-7765

Research Focus

Dr. Neville’s research is grounded in belief that has two areas of concentration. First is the development and testing of an instrument to measure readiness for transitioning from hospital to home. The Transitional Planning Assessment Tool (TPAT) is in the testing phase of validity, reliability, and feasibility of use. Second, iDevelopment and focuses on stroke survivors and models of practice to promote empowerment and self-efficacy in the context of chronic disease. Her theoretical framework relies heavily on the premise that through empowerment stroke survivors have increased self-efficacy leading to participation and ultimately quality of life. 

Current Projects

In collaboration with local rehabilitation hospitals and home health agencies Dr. Neville is working on 3 lines of inquiry. 1) We are examining the experience of transition to home from rehabilitation. Using the Transitioning Plan Assessment Tool (TPAT) a participant is evaluated during initial week and periodically during hospitalization up to point of discharge. The purpose of the TPAT is to standardized transitional planning using a standardized tool addressing factors that have been found to result in 30 day readmissions, decreased participation and socialization, caregiver stress, and reduce quality of life. In this project we are examining the validity of the SAFER-HOME as a self-report instrument used in the hospital. 2) Dr. Neville is working with a local rehabilitation hospital to write guidelines for stroke rehabilitation based on severity of stroke. 3) Along with writing guidelines for practice, Dr. Neville and fellow researchers are exploring clinic designs and treatment delivery models in in-patient rehabilitation with a focus on promoting self-management related to motor and cognitive functioning.


2007: PhD Cognition and Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas
2003: M.S. Cognition and Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas
1978: B.S. Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan University


Book Chapters

Neville, M. (2014). Cognition and Creativity. In Press, Creative Engagement in Occupation: Building Professional Skills.


Hedge, N.; M. Neville; N. Pickens. (In press, 2014). How Patient Educators teach students. Online Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Neville, M.; Boyer, J.; Cardenas, D.; Osbourne, J.; & Pennington, C.(2013). Does community-based education program have a role in stroke recovery? Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners 29:16.
Chrisman, S.; Burtner; Candler, C.; & Neville, M. (2013). Utility of the Print Tool. Utility of Print Tool. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, 5:1–10.
Reidlinger, W.; Candler, C.; & Neville, M. (2012). Comparison of differently lined paper on letter production quality in first graders. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools & Early Intervention, 5 (2), 155-164.
Bourland, E.; Neville-Smith, M.; & Pickens, N. (2011) Loss, Gain, and the Reframing of Perspectives in Long Term Stroke Survivors: A Dynamic Experience of Quality of Life. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 18 (5), 437-49.
Rowe, C.; Candler, C.; & Neville, M. (2011). Noise reduction headphones and autism: A single case study. Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early intervention, 4: 3-4, 229-235.
Sterling, S.; Candler, C.; & Neville-Smith, M. (2011). Comparison of developmental age derived from the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment and Peabody Developmental Motor Scales-2. Journal of OT, Schools, & Early Intervention, 4(2), 121-8.

Honors and Awards

2008: Texas Occupational Therapy Educator of the Year
2004: Service Award – American Occupational Therapy Association

Current students working in line of research

Potential Research Opportunities for Eligible Students

Examining treatment models that promote empowerment and self-efficacy with stroke survivors. Implementation of standardized outcome measures in rehabilitation of stroke survivors with focus on function, self-efficacy, and participation. Writing, implementing, and examining use of guidelines in rehabilitation of stroke survivors. Current projects of my mentored PhD students are exploration of task specific training in home health, the lived experience of transition for hospital to home by stroke survivors and how does the SAFER-HOME impact this transition, and impact of health literacy program for first time stroke survivors in an at risk population on increasing knowledge related to stroke prevention and risk factors to prevent second stroke.


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