Dr. Hardison received a B.A in Psychology (2009), an MS in Occupational Therapy (2013) and a PhD in Occupational Science (2019). He received his PhD from the University of Southern California's Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy where he was a research associate at the Musculoskeletal Sonography and Occupational Performance lab.

Personal Statement

Dr. Hardison's research explores the interplay of physical and psychological impacts of musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity. He is currently developing mindfulness-based interventions for addressing the needs of clients attending occupational therapy for physical injuries. His research emphasizes the importance of clients' lived experiences as well as quantitative outcomes of therapy.

Areas of Specialty

Mindfulness-Based Healthcare Interventions
Occupational Science
Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremity
Mixed-Methods Design



Courses Taught

Dr. Hardison teaches Evidence-Based Practice, Relationship-Centered Care, and Occupation Based Models to the graduate students of the Occupational Therapy program.

Research and Scholarship

Hardison, ME, & Roll SC. (2016). Mindfulness interventions in physical rehabilitation: A scoping review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(3), 7003290030p1-7003290030p9.

Roll, SC, & Hardison, ME. (2017). Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the forearm, wrist, and hand: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(1), 7101180010p-7101180010p12.

Roll, S. C., Hardison, M. E., Vigen, C., & Black, D. S. (2020). Mindful body scans and sonographic biofeedback as preparatory activities to address patient psychological states in hand therapy: A pilot study. Hand Therapy, 3(25), 98 - 106.

Takata, SC, Hardison, ME, & Roll, SC. (2020). Fostering holistic hand therapy: Emergent themes of client experiences of mind-body interventions. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 40(2), 122 - 130.