Christene Maas, PhD, OTR

Assistant Professor

Christene Maas, PhD, OTR is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She earned her PhD in OT from Texas Woman’s University in May 2022. She has a post-professional Master of Arts degree from TWU. She also holds two bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Science in OT and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.  

Her clinical experience includes 22 years in school-based settings and pediatric outpatient clinics. She served as a therapy policy analyst for the Texas State Medicaid program for three years. Her previous academic experience includes adjunct and contributing faculty positions at Long Island University in Brooklyn and the University of St. Augustine-Austin campus.  

Christene Maas has co-presented at past American Occupational Therapy (AOTA) conferences, Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) conferences and TOTA professional development workshops about topics related to OT in school-based practice, inclusive school programs and services for individuals with autism. Her research interests are in community social participation and interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan. Secondary research interests include OT best practices in school-based settings.  

She is an active participant in AOTA, the AOTA Autism Community of Practice, and a member of the Texas Occupational Therapy Association. Publications include a peer-reviewed journal article about the use of improvisational theatre in OT for children with autism, case studies in OT related books and an OT peer magazine. She serves as a peer reviewer for journals. She strives to share her passion for the profession of occupational therapy with others.