Kathleen Matuska

OSOT Department Chair/Professor

651-690-6627

kmmatuska@stkate.edu

I have extensive clinical experience in the area of physical rehabilitation, with particular expertise in multiple sclerosis and fatigue management. My interest in strategies that enable meaningful, productive living despite the functional consequences of chronic illness or disability is complemented by my research in life balance. I am the co-developer of a life balance model, a public health concept that considers activity patterns of everyday lifestyles and their relationship to physical health and psychological well-being. For my dissertation research, I validated a conceptual model and developed a measure of lifestyle called the Life Balance Inventory (LBI). My work has generated additional research by other scholars that has provided empirical validation of the life balance model.

I published numerous refereed articles and chapters in occupational therapy and occupational science. I am the co-editor of two editions of a widely used textbook: Ways of Living: Intervention Strategies to Enable Participation, and was one of the key organizers of an international and interdisciplinary scientific conference on life balance held in 2008. The proceedings of that conference were published and distributed to a global scientific audience in a volume called: Life Balance, Multidisciplinary Theories and Research, for which she served as senior editor and contributor. I am also interested in healthy aging.

I have recently published a popular-press book, Life Balance: Science and Stories of Everyday Living where I summarize the science behind life balance in easy to follow language that clarifies why this topic is timely and relevant to modern lives. You may access this book at my website linked to below.

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2010

Master of Public Health, Public Health Administration
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1990

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cum Laude, 1977

American Occupational Therapy Foundation. (2015). Certificate of Appreciation - Editorship of OTJR for 3 years

St Catherine University. (2012). Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Faculty Excellence Award

American Occupational Therapy Association. (2011). Roster of Fellows

Carol Eastley Denny award. (2009). Scholarship

Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association. (2008). Communication Award

Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association. (2007). Research Award

A Pilot Study on a Supplemented Matter or Balance Program (2015).

Curriculum Development Grant for PBL training (phase II) (2011).

Research Grant for at-risk Nursing students (2011).

Curriculum Development Grant for PBL training (2010).

Effects of Energy Conservation Course for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. (2001–2004).

Faculty Research Grant for Effects of an Occupational Therapy Wellness Program on Elder Participant's Quality of Life. (2001).

Interdisciplinary project at People Serving People (2000).

Designing a Life of Wellness Program with the Living at Home Block Nurse Program (1999, 2001, 2003).

Book

Matuska, K. (2016). Life Balance: Science and Stories of Everyday Living. Balboa Press.

Christiansen, C. Matuska, K. (Eds.) (2004). Ways of living: Adaptive strategies for special needs. Bethesda: AOTA Press.

Matuska, K. M., & Christiansen, C. (2009). Life balance: Multidisciplinary theories and research. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc; Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Christiansen, C. Matuska, K. (Eds.) (2011). Ways of living: Intervention Strategies to Enable Participation (4th Ed). Bethesda: AOTA Press.

Book Chapters

Bass Haugen, J., Henderson, M. L., Larson, B., Matuska, K. (2005). Occupational issues of concern: Delay, deprivation, disparities, interruption, and imbalance. In C., Christiansen, C., Baum, J., Bass Haugen. (Eds). Occupational therapy: enabling function and well-being. Thorofare, NJ: Slack.

Christiansen , C., & Matuska, K. (2010). Health promotion research in occupational therapy. In M. Scaffa, S. Reitz, M. Pizzi, (Eds.). Occupational therapy in the promotion of health and wellness. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Christiansen , C., Matuska, K. , Polatajko, H., & Davis, J. (2009). Life balance: Evolving the concept. In K. Matuska & C. Christiansen (Eds.), Life balance: Multidisciplinary theories and research. (p.3-12), Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc and Bethesda: AOTA Press.

Matuska, K., & Christiansen, C. (2009). A theoretical model of life balance and imbalance. In K. Matuska & C. Christiansen (Eds.), Life balance: Multidisciplinary theories and research. (p.149-163), Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc and Bethesda: AOTA Press.

Matuska, K. & Barrett, K. (2013). Occupational patterns. In E. Crepeau, E.Cohn, B. Schell & M. Scaffa (Eds.). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy (12th ed).

Matuska, K. & Barrett, K. (2014). Occupations of adulthood. In C. Christiansen, C Baum, & J Bass (Eds.). Occupational therapy: Enabling function and well-being. Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.

Matuska, K. (in press). The Life Balance Inventory. Barbara Hemphill and Christine Urich, Assessments in Occupational Therapy Mental Health. Thorofare, NJ, Slack, Inc.

Journal Articles

Mathiowetz, V., Matuska, K. M. (1998). Effectiveness of occupational therapy with M.S. Neuro Rehab, 11, 141-151.

Mathiowetz, V., Matuska, K., Murphy, M. (2001). Effectiveness of an energy conservation program for fatigue in multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 82. 449-456.

Matuska, K., Heinz, A, Neighbor, M., Flinn, N. Bass-Haugen, J. (2003). Outcomes of a pilot occupational therapy wellness program for older adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 57, 2, 220-224.

Mathiowetz, V., Finlayson, M. L., Matuska, K., Chen, H. Y., & Luo, P. (2005). Randomized controlled trial of an energy conservation course for persons with multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, 11, 592-601.

Finlayson, M., Shevil, E., Mathiowetz, V., Matuska, K. (2005). Reflections of occupational therapists working as members of a research team. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 52, 101-108.

Christiansen, C., Matuska, K. (2006). Lifestyle Balance: a review of concepts and research. Journal of Occupational Science. 13, 1, 49-61.

Matuska, K., Mathiowetz, V., Finlayson, M. (2007). Use and effectiveness of energy conservation strategies for managing multiple sclerosis fatigue. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 61, 1, 63-70.

Mathiowetz, V., Matuska, K., Finlayson, M. (2007). One-year follow-up to a randomized controlled trial of an energy conservation course for persons with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research.

Matuska, K., Christiansen, C. (2008). A proposed model of lifestyle balance. Journal of Occupational Science. 15, 1, 9-19.

Matuska, K., Erickson, B. (2008). Lifestyle Balance: How it is described and experienced by women with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Occupational Science. 15, 1, 20-26.

Matuska, K. (2009). Workaholism, life balance, and well-being: A comparative analysis. Journal of Occupational Science, 17, 1.

Hakansson, C & Matuska, K. (2010). How Life Balance is Perceived by Swedish Women Recovering from a Stress-related Disorder: A Validation of the Life Balance Model. Journal of Occupational Science. 17, 2 pp.

Rodriguez, M.C., Matuska, K., Cabrera, J, & Karl, S. (2010). Improving the education of Minnesota’s students from pre-K through college: Measuring student progress and using data to drive decision making. CURA Reporter, 40, 3-10.

Matuska, K. (2010). Three generations of occupational therapy. OT Practice.

Wagman P, Håkansson C, Matuska K, Björklund A, Falkmer T. (2011). Validating the model of lifestyle balance on a working Swedish population. Journal of Occupational Science, 4, 1-9.

Matuska, K. (2012). Validity evidence for a model and measure of life balance. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 32, 1, 229-237.

Matuska, K. (2012). Description and Development of the Life Balance Inventory. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 32, 1, 220-228.

Matuska, K, Bass, J. & Schmitt, J. (2013). Life balance and perceived stress: predictors and demographic profile. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 33, 3, 146-158.

Matuska, K., & Bass, J. (2016). Life Balance and stress in adults with medical conditions or obesity. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 1, 8.4.

Matuska, K. (2012). "Life Balance for Health." Invited Lecture, Lund Sweden

Matuska, K. (2015). "Principles of Fatigue Management." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association: Chronic Pain Special Interest Section

Matuska, K. (2014). "About right for me: Examining occupational patterns." Research Day. Eastern Kentucky University

Matuska, K., Jonsson, H., Wagman, P., Hakansson, C. & Backman, C. (2014). "Occupational balance: Definition and State of the Art." Joint International Conference in Occupational Science

Matuska, K., Johnsson, H., Hakansson, C., Wagman, P. & Backman, C. (2014). "Occupational Balance theories." World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress. Yokohama, Japan

Matuska, K. & Bass, J. (2014). "Evidence-based practice projects: An education and practice partnership." World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress. Yokohama, Japan,

Matuska, K., Bass, J. & Sames, K. (2014). "Promoting critical thinking and professional development in students: a problem-based learning approach." World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress. Yokohama, Japan

Matuska, K. (2014). "The art and science of resilience." Core Convocation: Bonnie and Joan Kelly award winner. St Catherine University

Matuska, K., Hendrickson, N. & Anderson, D. (2013). "Interested in Gaining Confidence in Online Teaching or Learning? Learn the Basics." Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association annual conference. (Mpls, MN)

Matuska, K., Sames, K. & Buxell, L. (2013). "A sustainable model for Problem based learning." American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference

Matuska, K. & Christiansen, C. (2011). "Life Balance." Tele-conference for World Occupational Therapy Day

Matuska, K. (2011). "Validity evidence of a model and measure of life balance." Society for the Study of Occupation: USA

Matuska, K. (2011). "Validity evidence of a model and measure of life balance." American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference