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Kean University

Dr. Mulry specializes in adult acquired brain injury, aging in place consulting, community programming, community mobility, dementia care, environmental modifications and home care and has been an occupational therapist for over 25 years. She is the co-founder of Independent Domain, LLC, which provides consultative services for productive aging, thriving in place, caregiver support and home modifications.  Dr. Mulry’s passion is to promote meaningful occupational participation and engagement for individuals of all ages across the lifespan. She has received 11 grant award totally more than 2,150,000 for community work giving students real life experience working with underserved older adults living in subsidized senior housing. Dr. Mulry was named to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Roster of Fellows in 2021 for her work as a scholar, mentor, community advocate and educator and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, and the High School Journal.


Post Professional OTD, Thomas Jefferson University, 2012

Post Professional MSOT Quinnipiac University, 2010

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in OT Kean College, 1997

B.A., Rutgers University,1988

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult Rehabilitation
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Aging in Place
  • Community Mobility
  • Environmental Modifications
  • Dementia Care

Courses Taught

  • OT 2400 Introduction to Occupational Therapy

  • OT 6200 Introduction to Residency I

  • OT7200 Residency Proposal

  • OT 5551 & OT6551 Education, Administration Supervision and Advocacy

  • OT 6921 & OT7921 Seminar in Adult Rehab Practice

  • OT 5400 & OT 6400 Theoretical Guidelines to Practice I 

  • OT 5401 & OT 6401 Theoretical Guidelines to Practice II         

Teaching Philosophy

Engaged learners who understand the societal impact(s) of the information they are learning create change. In my classroom, real world cases, active learning, critical thinking and humor facilitate a safe, interesting environment where students can collaborate, learn and grow into the next generation of healthcare leaders. 

Selected Publications

  • Mulry, C.M., Gardner, J., Swarbrick, M., Maltempi, O., Ramirez, M.,DiMaiuta, A. & Wollny, K.  (2020) Feasibility of the Let’s Go Mobility Program for Community Dwelling Adults with Mental Disorders, Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 36:4, 307-329, DOI: 10.1080/0164212X.2020.1825151
  • Mulry, C.M., Papetti, C., DeMartinis, J. & Ravinsky, M. (2017). Facilitating wellness in urban dwelling older adults via community mobility: A mixed methods study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(4). doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.025494
  • Knis-Matthews, L., Mulry, C.M., & Richard, L. (2017).  The Matthews model of clinical reasoning: A systematic way to think about evaluation and treatment considerations. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 33, 1-14. doi:10.1080/0164212X.2017.1303658
  • Mulry, C. M., Gardner, J., Hardaway, H. L., Curcio, C. Herrera, L., Scimeca, K., Shah, M. & Syers, K. (2017). Preemptive home modifications for fall prevention and participation in older adults in PACE program. OT Practice SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 2(2), 21–23.
  • Hreha, K., Mulry, C.M, Gross, M., Jedziniak, T., Gramas, N., Ohevshalom, L, Sheridan, A., Szabo, G., Davidson, C. & Barrett,  A.M., (2016). Assessing chronic stroke survivors with aphasia sheds light on prevalence of spatial neglect. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1080.10749357.2016.1196906