Maggie Hayes

Maggie Hayes, OTD, OTR/L

Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Prof. Maggie Hayes has 13 years of experience as an occupational therapy practitioner. Her primary practice area is with the pediatric population. She has practiced in outpatient pediatric and adult clinics, pediatric home health settings, and within school districts. She has also worked within two hospital systems, floating between pediatric and adult care floors. Maggie combined her love for travel and occupational therapy and worked as a traveling therapist. She recently transitioned into academia and began working at the University of Puget Sound in July  2022.

“My teaching philosophy aligns well with the program's mission to provide client-centered and evidence-informed occupational therapy to diverse populations. Providing client-centered and evidence-informed services requires collaboration and self-reflection. Collaborative learning and self-reflection are teaching tools and personal priorities in my life. In the clinical setting, I use self-reflection to stay open to change. Evidence-based practice requires professionals to reflect on their current practice and integrate new practices in response to changes in the field. Additionally, collaboration with the client, community members, and professional organizations facilitates evidence-based practice. I bring a collaborative spirit to the work and learning environment. It is my personal experience that collaboration builds confidence and advances best practices.”

Scholarly Interests

  • Exploring effective strategies for helping students and clinicians translate evidence into practice.
  • Continuing research on the role of occupational therapy on higher education campuses to help students persist to degree attainment.
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning and exploring the effectiveness of teaching strategies.


Personal Interests

Maggie enjoys traveling, reading, and various outdoor activities in her free time. She is also a Certified Yoga instructor and has a regular meditation and yoga practice.

AAS Amarillo College 2009
BA Eastern New Mexico University 2010
MOT Western New Mexico University 2012
OTD Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions 2022
Research in OT Practice OT 634-A Spring 2024
Evidence Project III OT 637-A Spring 2024
OT Process in Pediatrics II OT 648-A Spring 2024
Evidence Proj III & Capstone OT 737-A Spring 2024
OT Process in Pediatrics II OT 748-A Spring 2024
Evidence Project I OT 630-A Summer 2024
Evidence Project I OT 730-A Summer 2024
Assessment in OT OT 603-A Fall 2024
Assessment in OT OT 603-B Fall 2024
Evidence Project II OT 631-A Fall 2024
Evidence Project II OT 731-A Fall 2024

Contact Information

Weyerhauser 212