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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 a research assistant professor in the College of Education and Social Services and Lecturer in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is coordinating the TRIPSCY Project ( and providing Occupational Therapy Services ( She is developing and teaching 2 courses about technologies, assistive and mainstreamed, to support all students in the classroom and beyond. Her primary research interests are in social participation and quality of life of children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

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


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).
  • Potvin, M.-C., Prelock, P.A., & Snider, L. (2008). Collaborating to Support Meaningful Participation in Recreational Activities of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Topics in Language Disorders, 28(4), 365-374.
  • Edelman, S.W., Dennis, R.E., Prelock, P.A, MacLeod, M. & Potvin, M (2007). "QG 18: Getting the most out of support services." In Michael F. Giangreco & Mary Beth Doyle (Eds.) Quick-Guides to Inclusion: Ideas for Educating Students with Disabilities (2nd Ed.). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.
  • Potvin, M.-C., Snider, L., Prelock, P. A., Kehayia, E. & Wood-Dauphinee, S. (accepted). Health-related quality of life in children with high functioning autism. Autism.
  • Prelock, P. A., Potvin, M.-C., Green, E., Duckworth, A. & Tedder, C. (submitted). Improving the joint attention of children with autism spectrum disorders through peer-mediated play. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Current Courses

  • EDSP 200, Technology for Living and Learning (Spring 2015)

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; Technology for Living and Learning


  • 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