University of Nebraska Medical Center

Maribeth Clifton, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor


Maribeth Clifton
Dr. Clifton is an assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy program at UNMC. Her primary teaching responsibilities include: OCCT530 Occupation-based Practice 1: Infant & Child.

Dr. Clifton’s expertise is focused primarily in the area of behavioral and mental health among children and youth, particularly those who have been exposed to trauma or adverse childhood experiences. She is involved in various initiatives focused on community programming and intervention to support the health and development of children and youth. She is also actively involved in projects that support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of occupational therapy, and society at large.
  • BS, University of Wyoming, 2015
  • OTD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2020

Research interests
Dr. Clifton’s primary research interests focus on occupational performance and participation of children, youth, and young adults. Emphasis includes research among marginalized populations and the impact of trauma and adversity on various outcomes including behavioral and mental health.

Additional research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, such as increasing inclusion and belonging for learners in institutions of higher education. Scholarly activities focus on community-based intervention and programming, systems change, and the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion.