Mei-Ling Lin, Ph.D., OTR
Dr. Lin received her Ph.D. in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interest focuses on social emotional health in the pediatric population, as well as evidence-based prevention, promotion, and intervention programs relevant to school and family mental health. Dr. Lin incorporates both qualitative and quantitative methods in her work and emphasizes the translation of scientific evidence to clinical practice and teaching. She has been a clinician since 2008 and has primarily worked in school settings. Her current clinical interest is advocating occupational justice for children and families with disadvantaged backgrounds. Dr. Lin has mentored students in the conduct of community-based research and the learning of the pediatric occupational therapy process.
- 2018 - Doctor of Philosophy - Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2019 Letter of Appreciation Award
Texas Occupational Therapy Association
- 1/2021 - Assistant Professor - UTHSCSA
Instruction & Training
- 1/11/2021 - , OCCT 7008 Pediatric OT Process 1, UT Health San Antonio
- 1/11/2021 - , OCCT 7031 Doctoral Capstone Development 2, UT Health San Antonio
- 1/11/2021 - , OCCT 7032 Doctoral Capstone
Research & Grants
My research agenda focuses on the social emotional health in the pediatric population. Important studies include:
(1) The Transactional Effects Between Family Occupations and Child Emotional Regulation Across Early Childhood (https://cdr.lib.unc.edu/concern/dissertations/41687h784)
(2) Promoting Mental Health in School-Aged Children: A Pilot Study
The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of a school-wide stress management program on mental health and well-being in school-aged children.
01/2021 - Present Student Admissions Member
01/2021 - Present Curriculum Member
01/2021 - Present Student Progress in OT (CSPOT) Member
01/2021 - Present Research Development Member
05/2021 - Present Distinction in Research Member
Service to the Profession
- 03/2021 - Present Brazilian Journal of Occupational Therapy Reviewer
03/2021 – Present Texas Occupational Therapy Association CE and Conference Proposal Reviewer
- 2019 - Present Reviewer, American Journal of Occupational Therapy
- 2020 - Present Research Proposal Reviewer, 2021 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference
- 2020 - Present Journal Reviewer and Article Editor, SAGE Open Journal
- Mental-Health Benefits of a Mindfulness-Based Prevention Program on Elementary Schoolchildren.
- Aging in Place: Measuring Quality of Life of the Aging Population.
- Supporting confidence and participation for people with aphasia through student interaction: A descriptive study on the effects
- Occupational adaptation experiences of persons with stroke.
- Literature review of co-occupation.
- The Transactional Effects Between Family Occupations and Child Emotion Regulation Across Early Childhood.
- Adaptation Through Occupational Choices in the Context of Caregiving: Perspectives of Persons With Stroke
- Identifying and Targeting Social-Communication and Play Skills for Preschoolers With Autism
- Machine (deep) learning and finite element modeling
- Engaging parents in the development and testing of a website to support social communication and play development
Lin, M., Harmon, T., Scronce, G., & Jacks A. (in press). Effects of an interdisciplinary communication partner training program on student learning. Journal of Allied Health.
Lin, M., Fierro, C., Medrano, C., Arroyos, D., & Medrano, G. (2020). Addressing mental health needs of elementary school children through university-community collaboration. AJOT Special Interest Section Quarterly Practice Connections, 5(3), 20-22.
Lin, M. & Pai, H. (2012). Managing chronic diseases and promoting well-being in old age. In Hooyman, N. R., & Kiyak, H. A. (Eds.). Social Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. Taipei, Taiwan: Farterng Culture Co. Ltd. [Chinese Version, ISBN: 9789865998110].