Marlene Riley | Towson University

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational

Marlene Riley
Marlene Riley works with a student to demonstrate how to make a hand orthotic. 

“In today’s healthcare environment, students must hit the ground running,” says Marlene
A. Riley, who combines her clinical experience with case-based teaching for a powerful
combination for her students. “One of the reasons I continue to work in the field
is that I do not want to lose touch with current best practices.”

Take technology for example. “With our electronic medical records systems, professionals
must know how to take notes electronically, and electronic reminders and alerts can
now be integrated into treatment strategies,” describes Riley.

Towson University offers the only program in the state of Maryland that prepares students to become certified as occupational
therapists. To reach a wide range of students, Riley admits, “Teaching today must
address all learning styles and must be highly visual and engaging.”

One of the reasons I continue to work in the field is that I do not want to lose touch
with current best practices.

Marlene A. Riley

Riley embraces the concepts of occupational balance and performance and their roles
in achieving success in therapy. “You have to find a good fit between the individual
and their environment to help them remain productive and capable with daily life tasks,”
she notes.

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In addition to teaching and working in traditional rehabilitation settings, Riley
is always looking for innovative methods to promote health and wellness. Through Sword
and Stone Wellness, Riley and her husband have developed a fitness program for all
ages based on the Korean martial art of Gumdo, a revival of traditional methods of
swordsmanship. “Some traditional therapy tools can be symbols of disability while
a sword is an empowering object,” adds Riley. 

Marlene Riley with a student in class
Marlene Riley conducts a Sword and Stone Wellness class at the Institute for Well-Being’s
Wellness Center in Towson. 

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