Cheryl MacNeil, Ph.D.

Associate Professor                                                                      

Contact info
Phone: 244-2349
Office: Ricketts 316

Cheryl MacNeil

Degree Information                                                

Ph.D. University of New York at Albany, NY, 1999
Educational Psychology/Evaluation

M.A. Johnson State College, VT, 1984

B.A. University of New York at Plattsburgh, NY , 1982           

Clinical Practice

Organizational Research and Evaluation Consultant, Cheryl MacNeil Consulting, Troy, NY, 1992-present

Courses Taught

OTH 567 Research Methods for the Health Professions
OTH 669 Research Seminar I
OTH 670 Research Seminar II
OTH 620 Community Occupational Therapy Practice
PSY 562  Community Mental Health

Recent Publications

MacNeil, C. & Hand, T. (2014). Enhancing occupational therapy education through engagement in curriculum mapping and pedagogical reflection. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Fall.

MacNeil, C. (2007). Review of the book Mad in America: Bad science, bad medicine, and the enduring mistreatment of the mentally ill by Robert Whitaker. The SRV Journal, 2(1), 49-52.

Mead, S. & MacNeil, C. (2006). Peer support: What makes it unique? International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 10(2), 29-37.

Thompson, B. & MacNeil, C. (2006). A phenomenological study exploring the meaning of a seminar on spirituality for occupational therapy students. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 60 (5), 531-539.

MacNeil, C. (Fall, 2005). Democratic evaluation in practice. The Evaluation Exchange, 11 (3), Harvard Family Research Project, MA: Harvard.

MacNeil, C. and Mead, S. (2005). A narrative approach to developing standards for trauma informed peer support. American Journal of Evaluation, 26 (2), 231-244.

Mead, S. & MacNeil, C. (2005, May/June). Peer support : A systematic approach. Family Therapy Magazine, 4(5), 28-31.

MacNeil C. (2004). Critical theory, deliberative forums, metaphor, and poetry. In S. Mathison (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Evaluation. (pp. 92-94, 108, 251, 317). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

MacNeil, C. (2002). Evaluator as steward of citizen deliberation. American Journal of Evaluation, 23, 45-53.

MacNeil, C. (2000). The prose and cons of poetic representation in evaluation reporting. American Journal of Evaluation, Vol. 21, 359-367.

MacNeil, C. (2000). Surfacing the realpolitik: Democratic evaluation in an anti-democratic climate. In K. Ryan & L. DeStefano (Eds.), Evaluation in a Democratic Society: Deliberation, Dialogue and Inclusion. New Directions for Evaluation, No. 85. (pp. 51-62). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.


Enhancing Occupational Therapy Education Through Faculty Engagement in Curricular Mapping and Pedagogical Reflection. 2013 Education Summit, NBCOT/AOTA, Atlanta, GA, 2013 

Creating a Culture of Evaluation, Recovery is for Everyone, Community Care Behavioral Health, Albany, NY, 2013 

Outcome and Performance Measures, The Recovery Roundtable, The New York State Office of Mental Health, Albany, 2012 

Identifying Core Competencies for Peer Services, Working Together to Define Peer Services, Academy of Peer Services, Albany, NY, 2012

Focusing the Lens on Arts Based Research, American Occupational Therapy Association, Philadelphia, PA, 2011.

Rescue and Reciprocity: Using Photovoice to Explore the Occupational Well-Being of Pet

Owners and Pawticipants With Special Needs. American Occupational Therapy Association, Orlando, FL, 2010.

The Complexity of Narrative Inquiry, Founders Seminar, The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY 2009.

Cultivating Peer Support in Rensselaer County, The Mental Health Empowerment Project, Troy, NY, 2008.

Community Re-integration of People Living With a Dual Diagnosis: A Client-centered Study, American Occupational Therapy Association, St. Louis, MO, 2007.

Understanding the Narrative Culture of Trauma-informed Peer Support in Developing Fidelity Standards, The American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA, 2005

Leading Successful Peer Programs: Our Vision/Our Outcomes. The Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center, Charleston, WV, 2004.

Peer Support and Research. National Association for Rights, Protection and Advocacy, Austin, TX, 2003.

Peer Support, WRAP, and Evaluation. New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Annual Conference, Kingston, NY, 2003.

Examining and Advancing the Research for Evidence-based Peer Support Services. Institute for the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Ellenville, NY, 2002.

The Politics of Narrative. American Evaluation Association. Washington, D.C., 2002.

Peer Professionalization: Is it Real or is it Memorex? New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Annual Conference, Kingston, NY, 2001.

Changing Conversations by Changing Evaluations. The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute, Washington, D.C., 2001.

Safer in the Street: A Reaction to a Video Poem by Terry Strecker. The National Arts Club, New York, NY, 2000.

Creating Deliberative Forums: Making Participatory Evaluation Work. American Evaluation Association. Oahu, HI, 2000.

Evaluators as Stewards of Citizen Deliberation. American Evaluation Association. Oahu, HI, 2000.

Living in a Fishbowl: An Evaluation of a Peer Specialist Initiative. New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Annual Conference, Kingston, NY, 2000.

Professional Organizations

Editorial Board, New Directions for Evaluation
Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of Evaluation

Manuscript Reviewer, SRV Journal
Manuscript Reviewer, American Journal of Evaluation
Manuscript Reviewer, Evaluation and Program Planning
Manuscript Reviewer, Psychological Reports

Member, American Evaluation Association
Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
Member, National Association for Rights, Protection and Advocacy
Member, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

Recipient, The Sage Research Institute Grant Award, 2010.
Recipient, The Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellowship Award, 2009.
Recipient, The Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellowship Award, 2008.
Recipient, Broughton Community Research Team Award, The Sage Colleges, 2006.


Co-Chair, Sage Research Institute Advisory Committee
Board Member, Sage Colleges Institutional Review Board
Committee Member, Sage Colleges Rank, Tenure and Promotion Committee
Research Advisor, Sage Colleges Occupational Therapy Graduate Program
Board of Directors, Rensselaer County Community Health Services
Core Committee Member, The Troy Community Cooperative Market
Member, Rensselaer County Peer Support Collaborative