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Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | Marie-Christine Potvin

Marie-Christine Potvin

Marie-Christine Potvin, Ph.D.Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
Mann Hall, 3rd floor
(802) 318-0603

Dr. Potvin is the interdisciplinary training coordinator of the CDCI. She also coordinates the VT LEND research practicum where she is the occupational therapy faculty. She teaches research method courses in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her primary research interests are in social participation of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Areas of Expertise:

Assessment and Evaluation; Disability and Inclusion; Early Childhood; Research Methods; Special Education; Sport, Fitness and Health; Technology and Learning; Universal Design

Current Projects:

Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI), TRIPSCY: Training and Resource for interdisciplinary Professionals Serving Children and Youth, Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals


Selected Publications

  • Potvin, M.-C., Prelock, P. A., Snider, L., & Savard, L. (in press). Promoting recreational engagement. In F. Volkmar (Ed), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York: Springer.
  • Potvin, M.-C., Snider, L., Prelock, P. A., Kehayia, E. & Wood-Dauphinee, S. (2013). Recreational participation of children with high functioning autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder, 43(2), 445-457. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1589-6
  • Potvin, M.-C., Snider, L., Prelock, P. A., Kehayia, E. & Wood-Dauphinee, S. (2013). Psychometrics of the Children’s Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment for those with high functioning autism. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(2), 209-217.
  • Dennis, R. E., Potvin, M.-C., & MacLeod, M. (Fall 2010). Interdisciplinary journal club: Advancing knowledge translation in a rural state. Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services.
  • Wilcox, D., Potvin, M.-C., Prelock, P.A. (2009). Oral-motor interventions and cerebral palsy: What the evidence says about efficacy. Special Interest Section Quarterly, Early Intervention and School, 16 (4).

Current Courses

  • CMSI 312, Interdisciplinary Seminar in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities II (Spring 2014)
  • CMSI 363, Systematic Review (Spring 2014)

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

Interdisciplinary Seminar in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities; Interdisciplinary Seminar in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities II; Research Method; Research Method 2; Systematic Review


  • Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from McGill University
  • M.S. in Emphasis Occupational Therapy from Medical University of South Carolina
  • B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy from McGill University

Awards & Honors

  • Judith Kornbluth Gelfand Pediatric Fellowship from McGill University: Award given yearly to a doctoral student conduction outstanding pediatric rehabilitation-related research. (2010)
  • Clinical Practice Award from Vermont Occupational Therapy Association: Peer-nominated award given to a Vermont occupational therapist to acknowledge their excellence in clinical practice. (2006)

Licensure or Certifications

  • Assistive Technology Practitioner, RESNA
  • Occupational therapist, State of Vermont