Chatham University

Occupational Therapy (MOT) Faculty and Staff

Amy Mattila MBA, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham : 2013

Academic Areas of Interest

Mental health, Professional development, Physical Disabilities, Orthopedics, Program development

Personal Areas of Interest

Spending time with family, cooking, travel


Amy received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University in 2005. Upon her final year of graduate school, she was accepted into a 9 month internship as an Army Occupational Therapist. There she received intensive training and exposure to experiences in mental health, polytrauma, physical disabilities, and orthopedics. Since then, she has worked as an occupational therapist in a variety of treatment settings including 6 years as an active duty OT in the U.S. Army, then as into the VA system and private sector. She has also taught as adjunct faculty in Duquesne University's OT program, teaching Occupational Therapy Administration and various intervention courses. Amy has presented at a number of conferences including the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association and The American Occupational Therapy Association. She has been published in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. Outside of work, Amy and her husband stay busy raising their twin daughters and enjoys travelling, spending time with family and reading.


  • MBA, University of Phoenix, (Phoenix, AZ), 2009
  • MS, Duquesne University, (Pittsburgh, PA), 2005
  • BA, Duquesne University, (Pittsburgh, PA), 2004
  • BS, Duquesne University, (Pittsburgh, PA), 2004



  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, 2006



  • Smith, S., Tweed, A., Turner, E., Vu, C., Mattila, A. Integrating Twitter in the classroom: #Studentengagement. Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Conference, Scranton, PA, October 23, 2015.
  • Mattila, A. The occupational therapy doctorate degree: How do we connect the needs of the profession to the millennial generation? 2015 AOTA/OTCAS Education Summit, Denver, CO, October 18, 2015. (Poster).
  • Mead, A., Sammons, A., Sampieri, D., Sisko, J., & Mattila, A. The great outdoors: Decreasing symptoms of PTSD through leisure and social participation. April, 2015. 95th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Nashville, TN. (Poster).
  • Mattila, A. Integrating Resiliency and Mental Skills Foundations Into Practice. April 2014. 94th Annual American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Baltimore, MD. (Poster)
  • Mattila, A. Occupational Therapy's Role in Combat Operational Stress Control. October, 2011. Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Erie, PA. (Presentation)
  • Howard, S.A. & Mattila, A. Role of Occupational Therapy in the Program Development of a Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Group. June, 2006. Force Health Protection Conference, Albuquerque, NM. (Presentation)