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Class of 2022.

The University of Indianapolis, School of Occupational Therapy is proud to announce the completion of the Doctoral Capstone & Experiential (DCE) for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Class of 2022. This cohort worked diligently during their DCE to not only learn advanced skills but also to give back to their community sites in time and talent through their large variety of projects.  Please view the VoiceThread presentations linked below and learn through our students' projects!

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Gabrielle castor, ots, rachel cole, ots, abigail gettinger, ots, tristan flynn grubbs, ots, jacqueline gunther, ots, morgan haney, ots, kylie harper, ots, taylor henson, ots, anna morrisey, ots, haylee ottinger, ots, alexandra retter, ots, travis rippe, ots, ethan roberts, ots, jordan romero, ots, megan rooks, ots, anna slusser, ots, shanele tyler, michael wroblewski, ots, elizabeth harris, ots, patia hunt, ots, dresden glover, ots, michele govern, ots, mackenzie king, ots, courtney romatz, ots, elizabeth siegfried, ots, sara skarshaug, ots, allie gartner, ots, colin hauber, ots, lauren kelley, ots, stephanie mcelhaney, ots, kenzie salzbrenner, ots, shanele tyler, ots, mary grace willis, ots, jordan bentley, ots, lindsey bernzott, ots, kylie collins, ots, lydia delamarter, ots, alyssa earls, ots, lexy hay, ots, sierra lowe, ots, sammy mcleish, maddie parrish, ots, daria seccurro, ots, lyndsey shepherd, ots, fatima tapia, ots, kassidy beckstein, ots, rachel jones, ots, skyla jones, ots, class of 2021, morgan cole, ots, hannah hackman, ots, molly johnson, ots, hanna rose, ots, claire allen, ots, jenny ashton, ots, emma baldwin, ots, angella chen, ots, ally delks, ots, vesneek (vaz) dhani, ots, jasmine everfield, ots, ariel galliher, ots, cecilia heckert, ots, madeline hunter, ots, thomas jacocks, ots, paige mcintire, ots, laura mckay, ots, jeffrey moore, ots, kelly randall, ots, corrine sisson, ots, kendra voth, ots, allie watkins, ots, kelsey yerem, ots, hanah batchelor, ots, gracyn conner, ots, emily hess, ots, isabel mazanowski, ots, catherine salo, ots, rachel salyers, ots, rachael struewing, ots, allison trimpe, ots, kayla mitchell, ots.

Establishing an Occupation-Based Dance Program in the Inpatient Psychiatric Setting Doctoral Capstone Partner: Neurodiagnostic Institute (NDI) Faculty Mentor: Dr. Taylor McGann

shannon bouchard, OTS

Elizabeth brock, ots, kristen dyson, ots, kirby jones, ots, tara nastoff, ots, moriam olorunoje, ots, cassidy stinson, ots, erika wilson, ots, colleen yeldell, ots, kathryn haskell, ots, melody white, ots, adult programming & interventions, brooke badskey, ots, contessa brown, ots, mindy delph, ots, hanna elliott, ots, elizabeth erb, ots, tori faulkner, ots, pamela hess, ots, cheyenne kern, ots, kathryn kittaka, ots, hannah klemp, ots, kelsey lemond, ots, lindsey newhart, ots, amy ragle, ots, jennifer schepers, ots, lesly solares, ots, gerontology concentration - otd & ms gerontology, davis christy, ots, brittany finigan, ots, gabrielle ingram, ots, madison kovacs, ots, tamzyn mather, ots, kayla olson, ots, hannah patton, ots, nicole scholl, ots, shelby sexton, ots, samantha wallenberg, ots, homelessness services, mika coffey-lumpkin, ots, raquel sauder, ots, mental health, sarah burke, ots, kandyse kaizer, ots, taylor welch, ots, pediatric programming & intervention, sydney denhart, ots, sydney elliott, ots, ellen hodson, ots, kaitlynne james, ots, megan julian, ots, megan kraft, ots, julie larson, ots, stefani manchick, ots, olivia milliner, ots, ellen shepherd, ots, savanah wagner, ots, sexual health, kailan henderson, ots, kasey otte, ots.

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Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone Projects

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program is an advanced, post-professional online program designed to create occupation-based practitioners who will be ethical leaders of change in occupational therapy services for diverse populations. Graduates will serve in leadership roles, affect educational and health care policy, and act as catalysts for excellence in intervention settings in order to better meet the needs of occupational therapy consumers.

One of the final, culminating experiences in the OTD Program is the capstone project, which demonstrates a synthesis of OTD program outcomes. Incorporating principles of evidence-based and occupation-based practice, students address a specific healthcare problem or health outcome and implement practice changes that improve health care, health care delivery, or health-related outcomes. The project is a faculty-guided scholarly experience that provides evidence of critical thinking, and the ability to apply research principles through problem identification, proposal development, implementation, and evaluation of a solution to a practice problem. Capstone projects may take a number of forms, but the final product provides evidence of scholarship and mastery in the areas of leadership, research methods, and practice improvement.

Submissions from 2023 2023


Submissions from 2022 2022

Maintaining Occupations for Long-Term Care Residents , Lara Albano

Use of Concept Mapping Within a Functional Neuroanatomy Course to Promote Critical Thinking Skills in Occupational Therapy Students , Alissa R. Baker

Occupation and Time-Use: The Narratives of One Individual with Tetraplegia , Amanda Balser

Understanding Perceptions of Social Eating During Lunch for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa: An Instrumental Case Study , Madelyn Duzyk

Occupational Therapists’ clinical reasoning in AAT with dogs in pediatric therapy , Catherine C. Goodman

Understanding the Experiences of Occupational Therapists Assessing and Treating Functional Cognition Following Stroke , Emma R. Gregg

The Effects of Education with Healthcare Providers on Low Vision Assistive Devices and their Ability to Improve Self-Care Skills , Lora L. Jester-Rains

Interprofessional Collaboration Practice Between Nurses and Occupational Therapists , Kimberly Lamke

ImpACTing Students: Students with Disabilities Participating in a Theater Occupation-Based Program , Markii D. Landry

The use of compression to treat phlebolymphedema symptomology: A systematic review , Naomi Moran

Coaching, Capacity, and Change: Youth Sport Providers' Perceptions on Creating a Health-Promoting Environment , Jennifer Papenfuse

Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Employer-Sponsored Evidence-Based Practice Activities , Kelli Spayd

School-Based Practitioners' Perceptions of Working with Students with Challenging Behaviors , Candace Thrash

Effectiveness of Electrical Stimulation in Treating Upper Extremity Pain for Older Adult Clients Residing in a Skilled Nursing Facility , Cody L. West

Submissions from 2021 2021

The Impact of Volunteer Transportation on Older Adult’s Engagement in Meaningful Activities , Belinda Alexander

Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Homecare Setting , Erica J. Arndt

Examining Cognitive, Social and Teaching Presence in a Virtual Professional Continuing Education Workshop , Christina Bretz

A Case Study of Children's Programming in Transitional Housing , Crystal L. Coffman

A Comparison of the Effectiveness of Two Handwriting Programs on Legibility in First Grade Students , Whitney Cook

Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of the Value of Collaboration with School-Based Occupational Therapists , Jennifer Edick



How Does Intraprofessional and Interprofessional Collaboration Impact the Use of Occupation-Based Practice in Skilled Nursing Facilities , Stedmon D. Hopkins

Get the Wiggles Out: Sensory Paths a Motor-based Intervention to Decrease Out-of-Seat Events in Preschool Children with Special Needs. , Teresa Ludwig


Does Pre-operative Education Increase Activity Participation and Decrease Perceived Arm Dysfunction in Breast Cancer Patients? , Stephanie R. Rexing

Parental Educational and Engagement Through Positioning and Play , Gaile E. Seay

Assistive Technology in Transition Programming for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities , Jennifer L. Veenendall

Occupational Therapists’ Consideration of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity when Working with Adolescents: An Exploratory Study , Kristin Willey

Therapists’ perceptions of student preparedness regarding hand therapy and the use of occupation-based interventions , Stephanie Ye

Understanding Parent Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Healthy Relationships and Sexuality Education: Bridging the Inclusivity Gap , Marie C. Zarrilli

Submissions from 2020 2020

Fieldwork Educator Preparedness: A Study Examining the Effect of an Online Learning Module on the Perceived Preparedness Levels of Fieldwork Educators , Breanna Chycinski

The Impact of Cooking Groups on One Individual's Transition to Independent Living , Alison Garcia

An Exploration of Financial Management Programming for Residents in One Homeless Shelter: A Qualitative Institutional Case Study , Amy M. Heiser

Best Practice for Teaching Manual Therapy Techniques to Occupational Therapy Practitioners , Deana K. Jackson

Occupational Engagement in Adults under age 65 living in Skilled Nursing Facilities (OEA-SNF) , Rebecca A. King

Occupational Therapy: The Supports and Barriers to Practice , TAMMY LANE

ACE: A Recipe for Occupational Competence , Brittany J. Miller

Determining the Effect of Target Education on Students’ Cultural Responsiveness and Performance During Standard Patient Interactions , Rebecca Mojica


Promoting Writing Development in Preschoolers , Claudia M. Ortiz


The Impact of Parent Education with Augmentative and Alternative Communication , Kirsta von Hellens

Submissions from 2019 2019

Parental Self-Efficacy of the “Unexpected Parent” , Cinthia L. Arbogast

Heart To Heart: Educating Allied Healthcare Students and Professionals About Heart Failure , Samantha M. Barefoot

Occupational Therapist-Led Parent Support Group Using an Occupational Therapy Approach , Sean Brim

The Role of Evidence-Based Practice in Alzheimer's Disease and/or Dementia , Laura Leigh Cole

Acute Care Occupational Therapy Practice: Application of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure in A Palliative Care Program , Karen Enlow

Understanding Therapists' Perceptions of Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders Using the Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool , Jaimie K. Estreet

Incorporating Meaningful Occupations of Students with Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disabilities into Structured Learning Experiences with Transition Planning at a Public School System , Catherine Gardner

Outcomes for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder (asd) Utilizing Adolescent Adaptive Life Skills Groups , Elizabeth A. Grant

Use of Self-Care Standardized Assessments in Occupational Therapy Skilled Nursing Home Practice , Courtney M. Green

The Impact of an Occupation Based Parkinson Caregiver Program on Caregiver's Quality of Life , Jennifer L. Labonte

The Impact of Education on Implementation of Mirror Box Therapy Across Occupational Therapy Practice Settings , Nicole Y. LaRue

The Home Health Aide Experience: Opportunities for Occupational Therapy , Julia Mindlina

Person-Environment Interactions: the Psychological Implications of Behaviors, Confidence, and Self-Efficacy in Falls Management. , Lisa S. Roberson

What Stops Some Occupational Therapy Practitoners From Providing Fieldwork Education? , Jacqueline S. Schafer-Clay

Exploring Therapist Engagement Using Process Consultation , Rachel B. Spaide

Examining the Benefits of Educating Caregivers About Tummy Time in the Acute Care Setting , Alexandra L. Turner

Movement Opportunities Through Vestibular Engagement To Rhythm (mover) , Lindsay B. Williams

Submissions from 2018 2018

Occupational Therapy Intervention for Project Search Interns With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Potential for Improved Transition Outcomes , Jessie L. Bricker

Perceptions of ATP Certified Occupational Therapy Practitioners on Assistive Technology Education in Occupational Therapy Programs , Karen M. Dishman OTD, OTR, ATP

A Pilot Experimental Study of Adding the Copm To the Occupational Therapy Evaluation Process In the Swing-bed Division of A Rural Hospital Setting , Sarah T. Durbin Ms.

The Impact of Interactive Education on Caregivers Caring for Individuals With Dementia , Lisa K. Hong

Pre-Sleep Routines in Adult Normal Sleepers , Jean Koketsu

Nursing Perceptions of Occupational Therapy for Delirium Management in the Intensive Care Unit , Emma McClellan

Cognitive and Metacognitive Factors in Reading Comprehension for Occupational Therapy Assistant Students , Cynthia L. Meyer

Training Appalachian, Hospital-based Occupational Therapists on the Use of Standardized, Occupation-based Outcome Measures and Treatment Concepts for Traumatic Upper Extremity Injuries: A Pilot Program , Donald G. Pitts

Submissions from 2017 2017

Sensory-based Group Treatment in Reducing Physically Acting-out Behaviors and Perceived Levels of Distress , Tiffany Barnette

Investigating the Effectiveness of Web-based Modules Reinforcing Therapy Topics for Caregivers involved in Early Intervention , Terri L. Beard MS, OTR/L

Investigating the Effectiveness of Web-based Recommended Practice Tutorials for Caregivers of Children in Early intervention Programs , Terri L. Beard

Opening Minds Through Art: Engaging Art Agencies To Foster Community Participation and Commitment , Ashlyn Cunningham

The Residency Program Experience: Impact on Resident and Mentor , Lisa Hiestand

Perceptions of the Impact of Non-Contact Boxing on Social and Community Engagement for Individuals With Parkinson’s Disease , Casey E. Humphrey

Exploring Clinical Fieldwork Educators’ Perceptions and Expectations of Occupational Therapy Student Professional and Technical Skills At the Beginning of Level II Fieldwork , Jessica A. Mason

Exploring Fieldwork Educators' Expectations of Occupational Therapy Students' Professional and Technical Skills , Jessica A. Mason

Ergonomics Within the Workplace: an Occupation Based Injury Prevention Program for Computer Users , Jessica T. Maxwell

Leadership Roles: Creating Inclusiveness Within A Worship Environment , Susan L. Morreau

Workplace Factors Affecting the Delivery of Occupational Therapy Services: Perspectives of Occupational Therapy Practitioners , Robert J. Mullaney

The Effectiveness of Occupational Therapist Guided Remediation Through Handwriting Home Programs , Cindy W. Poole Mrs.

The Effectiveness of Occupational Therapist Guided Remediation Through Handwriting Home Programs , Cindy W. Poole

Sensory-based Services in Adult Mental Health , Leslie Reed

Understanding the Impact of Substance Abuse on Occupation Using the Lifestyle History Questionnaire , Mikel Stone

Implementation of Modified Constraint-induced Therapy in Upper Limb Stroke Rehabilitation in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital , Umana W. Udoeyop

Submissions from 2016 2016

Empower Me! Don’t Abuse Me”: an Occupational Therapy Approach To Violence Prevention , Canique Brown

The Experiences of the Parents of Children Undergoing Occupational Therapy Intervention for the Occupation of Feeding , Michael A. Coldiron

An Occupation Based Practice Educational Program Model Implementing Online Learning , Kristina K. Elam

The Secret Ingredient for Improving Infant/Child Mental Health: Teaching Parents To Play , Geraldine Healy Marini

Impact of an Occupation-based Practice (OBP) Learning Module on Perceptions of OBP and Selection of Occupation-based interventions By Occupational Therapy Assistant Students , Allen S. Keener

Assesement of an Occupation-based Practice Module for an Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum , Mary Kim Qualls

Container Culture: an Educational Program To Reduce the Overuse , Ashleigh R. Toy

Submissions from 2015 2015

Enriching Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention: Using and Documenting the Evidence , Shelli Dry and Christine Myers

A Descriptive Study of Menopausal Woman's Life Experiences, Stressors and Their Occupational Meanings , Melanie Ford Dr.

Sleep Occupation Quality and Occupation-based Hand Function in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome , Angela M. Goorman MS, OTR/L

Community Based Programming Promoting Physical Activity , Jennifer Hight M.S. OTR/L

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Primary Care , Priti Patel

Breastfeeding Initiatives in Rural Kentucky: an Action Research Approach To Improving Public Health , Mallory D. Ratliff

Dog Visitation in Long-term Care and Its Effects on Depression , Leah Shea Simpkins

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Students in the Occupational Therapy program spend their last three semesters creating a capstone project. This major academic achievement represents a synthesis of content learned throughout the program.

Subject matter such as theory, research methodology and analysis, program development, and education of clients are applied to either faculty lines of research or projects that will serve the community.

Students gather in teams to complete the thesis under the mentorship of their faculty thesis advisor. Completed theses are disseminated to a wide audience of constituents either in poster sessions, workshops, or peer-reviewed journals.

Theses/Capstones from 2023 2023

A Qualitative Study on Long-Term Adherence to Home Exercise Programs in People with Parkinson’s Disease , Caroline Stafford, Brennan Decena, Shawn Lopez, and Judith Thepkaisone

Exploring the Occupational Transition of Leaving a Cult , Justine Thompson, Baylee R. Chelossi, Emily Osborn, and Christian J. Quitoriano

Life After Brain Injury - Family Perspectives , Shaina Snyder, Everlee Anderson, Allison Wyek, Elijah Tolentino-Medios, and Cathyisabella Kintanar

Life After Brain Injury - Survivor and Family Perspectives , Brandon Duenas, Gary Eng, Haleli Moalem, and Miguel Regidor

Life After Pediatric Hemorrhagic Stroke: Family Centered Outcomes , Janice Brown, Jordan Ng, Reilly Todd, and Alyssa Vo

Measuring Outcomes of Occupational Therapy Facilitated in Natural Settings with Young Children , Amie Smith, Deepak Dale, Brinda Saini, Zoe Peters, and Amanda Laccone

Occupation-Based CNA Program to Build Caregiver Knowledge and Self-Efficacy in Dementia Care , Lucky Ung, Judy Chen, and Michelle Hong

OTs Delivering Culturally Sensitive Care for Dementia Family Caregivers From Diverse Backgrounds , Abraham Lai, Lucy Palacios Mendez, and Darren Sarmiento

Promoting Cultural Arts Access through Sensory-Friendly Theatre , Chanelle Bautista, Alyssa Cho, Jazmine Cunanan, Ariana Marino, and Miko Ramos

The LOTUS Project: A Resilience Program for Dominican University of California Occupational Therapy Graduate Students , Melissa Morini, Naema Dahdoul, Ashley Moffett, Regine Erika Saldivar, and Viviana Vazquez

Training Program for Occupational Therapists Working with Skilled Caregivers in Skilled Nursing Facilities , Lovegifty Dudero, Mai Huynh, and Ridhee Patel

Theses/Capstones from 2022 2022

Adults with Sensory Defensiveness and Their Use of Coping Strategies , Cassidy McCurdy, Sonia Patiño, Julia McMahon, and Sophia Hagen

A Virtual View of Occupation: Transactionalism in MMORPGs , John Miklos, Alex Nold, Shasta Rice, and Amanda Flores

Batok: The Exploration of Indigenous Filipino Tattooing as a Collective Occupation , Ana Cabalquinto, Carmela Dizon, Chelsea Ramirez, and Mai Santiago

Developing a Resilience Program for Occupational Therapy Students , Sienna Guzman, Jenna Lazo, Rachel Thompson, and Madisson Walker

Exploration of Occupational Barriers of At-Promise Youth with Photovoice , Francis Bie, Brianna Baisch, Quyntz Ellenwood, Kerry Krohn, and Iliana Santellan

Holistic Occupational Therapy Dining Interventions Supporting Individuals with Dementia in Skilled Nursing Facilities , Kathleen Osio, Sabrina Anne Cezar, Ashley Lorton, and Lisa Worsham

Identifying Motivators, Facilitators, and Barriers to Engaging in an Online Fine Motor Exercise Program , Kristine Ricossa, Kyndra Menefee, Lauren Rally, Mia Do, and Charis Chan

Impact of Assistive Technology Applications in Higher Education for Students With and Without Disabilities, Continued , Melanie C. Barillas, Alma E. Cortez, Tamera Y. McNeil, Geneen C. Samaniego, and Julia E. Zasso

Impact of COVID-19 on students and faculty in higher education , Joshua Manio, Kirsten Bas, Megan Griffith, Sophia Mendoza, and Christian Jiao

OT Consultation for Cultural Arts Accessibility: Therapists' Perspectives , Jeremy Firstenberg, Reichelle Bella, Dezarina Bernales-Mendez, Anisha Chum, and Lucy Thach

Virtual Visitation: Promoting Social Occupations in Dementia Care , Carly Spina, Lizann Jovanovich, Ashley Jones, Pamela Baraceros, and Rena Ribeiro

Theses/Capstones from 2021 2021

A Cross-Content Validation: SOSI-M & BOT-SF , Eleanor Brewer, Emily Yuen, Alyssa Asuncion, Taylor Hanson, and Mariella Villanueva

Adaptive Gaming as an Occupation: Motor Phenomena and Lived Experiences , Christina Floyd, Melanie Blaisdell, Madeleine Pope, Audrey Metzger, Donna Chen Tubig, Lauren Andaya, and Christine Vincent

Adaptive Video Gaming in the Classroom , Lauren Ferrell, Daniela Mari Recinto, Desarae Finck-Fugazi, Christine Angela Manalang, and Noémie von Kaenel

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Capstone projects from 2022 2022.

GiGi’s Playhouse Program Development , Jensen Anderson

Adult Program Development GiGi’s Playhouse , Ella E. Baggett

Burnout Solutions Through Wellness and Outdoor Adventure , Cassidy Bizzell

Promoting the Benefits of Therapy Dogs in Healthcare Settings through Children's Literature , Angela Bozik

The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Needed for Entry Level Wheelchair Service Providers: A Collaboration with ISWP and CTF , Taylor Bumbalough

Illuminate Academy Shine Shop Resources and Kindergarten Market Research , Rya G. Carroll

Community Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities , Marshall Dumas

Pediatric Manual Wheelchair Skills Handbook , Brooke Edwards

Advocacy and Collaboration to Promote and Enhance Services Provided by Ability App , Callie Emerson

Integrating Best Practice in Belmont’s OTD Curriculum through Research, Dissemination, and Development of Supplemental Course Materials , Alyson Graham

Promoting Client-Centered Learning and Education of Teenage Mothers , Katie R. Hartline

Educational Guides to Assistive Technology and Digital Literacy for Older Adults and Caregivers , Cheney D. Hess

Developing Resources to Promote Proficient Telehealth Service Delivery and Increase Knowledge about Making Changes to a State’s Practice Act , Cassandra M. Howe

Applying Self-Compassion and Stress Management Techniques to Increase Healthy Behaviors Among Women at The New Beginnings Center , Payton Knupp

Promoting Participant and Community Participation at Saddle Up! , Savannah R. MacIsaac

Assessment of Independent Living Skills for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: The BrightStone Experience , Amy Mack

Promoting Occupational Well-Being Through Program Development at Rock Steady Boxing , Meredith F. Maines

Home and Environmental Modifications and Community Resources for Individuals with Visual Impairment , Kimberly McLaughlin

Promoting Community Accessibility Through Advocacy and Networking with The Ability App , Chloe C. Moore

Nobody Likes Busy Work: TILTing an OTA Program's Curriculum , Sarah Parkinson

Believe in All: Adaptive Gymnastics Program , Pooja Patel

Evaluating Accessibility in TN State Parks , Ashley C. Phillips

Enhancing OTD Clinical Pathophysiology Course Curriculum , Ashley N. Rabuck

Coaching for Independent Living Skills in Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Friends Life Community , Ashley G. Raby

Vehicle Modification Resources for Families of Tucker’s House , Heather Ribolla

Abundant Life Youth Program: Promoting Positive Youth Development through Outdoor Experience , Elizabeth Robinson

Illuminate Academy Kindergarten Market Research and Shine Shop , Shauna Rocha

Independent Study Curriculums for Adult Students with IDD at Lipscomb University - IDEAL , Megan Roman

Developing Evidence Based Protocols to Enhance Occupational Therapy Treatment of the Upper Extremity , Alexandra Ross

Promoting Therapist’s Use of IADLs: Establishing a Pet Care Protocol with Stallworth Inpatient Rehab , Christa Schmieder

Development and Implementation of an Outcome Measure for MOVE Inclusive Dance , Morgan Sondergeld

Driving with Low Vision: Development of Evidence Based Practice Manual for Bioptic Drivers , Emily Rose Sonni

The Parkinson's Wellness Project: An 8-part educational video series , Samantha L. Stevenson

Abundant Life Adventure Club Youth Program: Positive Youth Development through Outdoor Recreation and Adventure , Gabriela Swiecki

Increasing Self-Determination Throughout the Transition Process: A Resource Guide for Benton Hall Academy , Melanie N. Vacchiano

Occupational Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy: Advocacy for the Field & Best Practice , Mackenzie E. VanderBloomen

Teaching and Supplemental Material Development for Belmont University's OTD Neuroscience Course , Jessica Van Ryzin

Developing an Educational Foundation for Incorporating Animal Assisted Interventions into Rehabilitation Settings , Chandni Vyas

Capstone Projects from 2021 2021

Life Skills Curriculum for Lower Middle School Students at Benton Hall Academy , Elizabeth Atkins

GiGi's Playhouse Program Development , Tatianna Balis

Withdrawing without withholding: A quantitative report of factors indicative of the need for early rehabilitation services after intrauterine drug exposure , Brooke G. Bohanan

Supporting Working Family Caregivers and Older Adults Through an Educational Employer-Based Eldercare Program , Chanté Bowens

Addressing Comorbidity Education Needs in TriStar Skyline’s Readmission Reduction Program , Savannah Carroll

Home Modification Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities , Brittany Chamberlin

Social Communication in Learners Using Transactional Supports , Brittany Clark

Integration of Occupational Therapy Into Primary Care , Averie Conn

Creating an Occupational Therapy Supported Wellness Program: Nurture Your Postpartum Body , Lincoln Elliott

Promoting Awareness and Healing in Persons in Mental Health and Addiction Recovery in Middle Tennessee , Savannah Rain Flint

Clinicians' Perspectives on the Permobil Explorer Mini , Searcy Fox

Clinicians' Perspectives on the Permobil Explorer Mini , Hannah Guffey

Lipscomb IDEAL: Promoting Independent Living Skills in Students with Intellectual Disabilities , Abigail Hamblen

Creating Home Modification Solutions for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury , Ryan Heuer

Occupational Therapy and Animal Assisted Interventions: Professionalizing the Field , Annie Hudson

Establishing OT Programming Within a Local Correctional Facility , Kayla Kennedy

Equine-Assisted Activities: Increasing Participation and Quality of Life for Individuals with Disabilities , Melissa Mabry

Exploration of Community Resources for Adults and Children with Disabilities and Their Caregivers in Middle Tennessee , Amanda McCutchin

Developing Power Skills and Effective Partnerships with Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities , Madison McLean

Strategies for Promoting Engagement in Youth Advocacy Program , Dana Murray

Clinicians Perspectives on the Permobil Explorer Mini , Lilly Otoole

Illuminate Academy Interoception Curriculum & Resources , Paige Poole

Reimagining Room In The Inn’s Housing Readiness Program: Providing Teaching Strategies to Reach All Participants , Kara Reed

Advocacy for Older Adults at a State Unit on Aging , Nicki Richardson

Navigating the community with a disability: How Ability App can help and why OTs should get involved , Hailey Scandin

An Occupational Therapy Approach to Developing Empowerment: Supporting the Recovery of Women Affected by Substance Abuse in a Residential Treatment Facility , Margaret Schneider-Adams and Molly Schneider-Adams

Integrating Occupational Therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy , Erin Trella

Occupational Therapy Service and Clinic Development within Student-Run, Pro-Bono Outpatient Rehab Clinic , Nicole Versace

Environmental Interventions and Modifications for Individuals with Down Syndrome: Creating an Assessment Tool and Social Story for Increased Participation , Erica Williams

Capstone Projects from 2020 2020

Pediatric Feeding Therapy at it's Finest: A Comprehensive Approach , Shelby Anderson

Nurses for Newborns – Incorporating an Occupational Therapy Perspective in its Work with Women and Families in the Perinatal Period , Lynsey Beros

Strategies for Hybrid Teaching , Julia Bilotta

Increasing Participation in Children and Adults with Disabilities at Christ Presbyterian Church , Taylor Boggus

Accessibility and Inclusivity at the Frist Art Museum , Andrea M. Boyer

Advancing the Scientific Understanding of Spiritual Care for Trauma in Combat Veterans and First Responders , Megan Broecker

Advocacy For Occupational Therapy Within A Local Jail , Caitlin Clark

Evaluating Fitness-to-Drive Among Individuals with Sensory Deficits: A Retrospective Chart Review , Caroline Clark

Introducing Occupational Balance and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to Women at The New Beginnings Center , Piper Cleveland

Power Skills Curriculum Development for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Friends Life Community , April Coleson

Supporting Older Adults Through Aging in Place and CAPABLE Programs , Laura Compton

Bringing an Occupational Therapy Perspective to Linden Waldorf School , Morgan Craig

Self Regulation Protocol for MOVE Inclusive Dance , Rebecca Denton

Cultivating Vocational and Independent Living Skills through Meaningful Occupations , Sawyer Dullaghan

Addressing challenges in solid food transitioning in infants , Stephanie Gonyea

Exploring the World of ON TIME Pediatric Power Mobility , Lauren Hanna

LymphaTouch™ as a Preparatory Method for Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and Radiation-Induced Fibrosis: A Case Study , Abigail Harris

Implementation of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI-CAT) with Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy Participants , Tori Hendricks

"Mommy & Me" Constraint Therapy at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt , Logan Herndon

Efficacy and Caregiver Perceptions of Child Passenger Safety Device Interventions for Behavioral and Postural Deficits , Michaela Isenberg

Promoting Physical Activity & Social Participation in Young Adults with IDD with Best Buddies, Belmont Chapter , Courtney Janusz

AOTA Continuing Education: Occupational Therapy’s Role in Addressing Sexuality and Intimacy , Tiffany E. Lee and Jacqueline M. Marquez

Holistic Home Modification: Developing a Client-Centered Approach to Home Assessments and Quality of Life Measures , Maggie Little

Promoting Sensory Environments and Strategies for Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes , Emma Mace

Development and Implementation of Employment and Housing Power Week Curriculum For Next Steps , Kelli McClintock

Support, Advocacy, and Education for Individuals with Mental Illness , Mackenzie Mellinger

Increasing Access to Play: Establishing a Switch-Adapted Toy Library at Christ Presbyterian Church , Megan Moody

Promoting Interprofessional Collaboration Through Education in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting , Emma Murphy

Developing Exercise and Education Programs for Boxers with Parkinson’s Disease , Kristine Ramsey

Breaking Down Barriers: Utilizing Virtual Resources to Promote Occupational Balance Among Vulnerable Populations In the Midst of a Global Pandemic , Roya Rezadoost

On Site Home Assessments for Individuals with Disabilities , Lacy Roling

Increasing Employment Success: Helping Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Friends Life Improve Job Readiness Skills , Madeleine Ruff

ONTIME Self-Initiated Mobility , Katherine Sanders

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MADISON BLAIR, OTDS Occupational Therapy Continuum of Care Throughout Marietta Memorial Health Systems Site: Marietta Memorial Hospital + Mount Carmel Health System, Marietta, OH Expert Mentor: Candi Atkinson, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist | Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, IN Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

ALEX COOL, OTDS, CLIPP Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Promoting Occupational Therapy Interventions for Women with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Site: Parkview Regional Medical Center (PRMC), Fort Wayne, IN Expert Mentor: Margaret K. Bronson, PT, DPT, WCS, COMT, CSCS, Physical Therapist | Parkview Regional Medical Center | Fort Wayne, IN Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

SAMANTHA JENSEN, OTDS Development of a Spinal Cord Specialty Program Site: Aultman Woodlawn Inpatient Rehabilitation, Canton, OH Expert Mentor: Ryan Kaya, PT, DPT, MS Supervisory PT, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH Faculty Mentor: LeAnn Schackow, OTD, CBIS

ABBY LOEWENSTEIN, OTDS Advanced Immersion within the TBI Population with a Concentration on Acquired Vision Deficits Site: Rainbow Rehabilitation Center, Ypsilanti, MI Expert Mentor: Carole F. MacQueen, OTR/L Senior OT Clinical Specialist in Stroke/TBI Rehabilitation | Rainbow Rehabilitation Center, Ypsilanti, MI Faculty Mentor: LeAnn Schackow, OTD, CBIS

MADISON MORPHEW, OTDS Investigating Stroke Rehabilitation in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting  Site: Parkview Hospital, Inpatient Rehab, Ft. Wayne, IN Expert Mentor: Dana Chandler, MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapist | Parkview Hospital, Inpatient Rehab, Ft. Wayne, IN Faculty Mentor: Julie Snyder, OTD, CSRS

KELLY STASIULEWICZ, OTDS Occupational Therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in an Acute Setting Site: OhioHealth Grant Medical Center & OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH Expert Mentor: Derrek J. Noll, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy Associate Manager | OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH Faculty Mentor: Julie Snyder, OTD, CSRS

LARYN O'DONNELL, OTDS Stepping Stones to Academia: Developing an Occupation-Based Specialty within Assistive Technology and Accessible Design Site: Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Expert Mentor: Roger O. Smith, Ph.D., OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES

KATHERINE CROWELL, OTDS Aquatics and Occupational Therapy Site: YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne | Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities | My Autism Ally | Huntington University - Fort Wayne, IN Expert Mentor: Amanda Shively, PTA, ATRIC, Outpatient Orthopedic Physical Therapist Assistant | Parkview TherapyONE, Ft. Wayne, IN Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

KAYLA DEATON, OTDS Adaptive Clothing for Young People Site: CapAble Sensory Products - Fort Wayne, IN | Huntington University - Fort Wayne, IN Expert Mentor: Michael William Tranquill, MA, OTR/L, Founder, Chief Operating Officer | TransContinental Healthcare, LLC, Chatham, NJ Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTA

RACHAEL GODFROY, OTDS Pathfinder Service Exercise Program to Improve Health and Wellness at the YMCA Site: Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, Huntington, IN Expert Mentor: Steven Upham, MA, LAT, ATC, Assistant Athletic Trainer | Phoenix Rising FC, Tempe, AZ Faculty Mentor: Laura Gerig, PhD

CASSIDY HORODECZNY, OTDS Modifying a Sensory Trail Site: Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Augusta, MI Expert Mentor: Kim M. Berggren, Lead Instructor / Education Director | Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Augusta, MI Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

SAMANTHA JEFFRIES, OTDS From Struggle to Success Within the Homeless Population Site: Family Promise of Athens, Athens, GA Expert Mentor: Blayne McDonald, MSW Service Director | Family Promise of Athens, Athens, GA Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

ALI LANNOM, OTDS, CEES, CLIPP Occupational therapy & limb loss: Promoting a holistic approach through community-based services Site: Fourroux Prosthetics, Nashville, TN | SRT Prosthetics and Orthotics, Indianapolis, IN Expert Mentor: Brooke O'Steen, OTR | Upper Extremity Clinical & Education Specialist | Occupational Therapist | SRT Prosthetics and Orthotics, Indianapolis, IN Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

SYDNEY MERICLE, OTDS Occupation Therapy for Cancer Support Throughout the Lifespan Site: Gilda's Club Quad Cities, Davenport, IA Expert Mentor: Kelly Hendershot, MSW Program Director | Gilda's Club Quad Cities, Davenport, IA Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES

CHLOE CROWELL, OTDS Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Site: Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT), Louisville, KY Expert Mentor: Kelly K. Moore, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Certified Hand Therapist/ Hand Therapy and Education Coordinator | KORT OBC, Louisville, KY Faculty Mentor: Nathan Short, Ph.D., OTD, CHT, CEES, CPAM

ALLYSON R. TROUT, OTDS Advancement in Hand Therapy and Neurological Diagnoses in the  Outpatient Setting Site: Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington, IN | Huntington University - Huntington, IN | Huntington University - Fort Wayne, IN Expert Mentor: Ashley Wilson, MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapist | Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington, IN Faculty Mentor: Nathan Short, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES 

MARIBEL DEGUZMAN, OTDS Addressing Sexual and Pelvic Health in Clinical Practice Site: Motivate Health, Inc., Rockford, IL Expert Mentor: Denise Nichols, OTR/L, PRPC, BCB-PMD, Owner, Director Outpatient Facility | Motivate Health, Inc., Rockford, IL Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

SARAH MONVILLERS, OTDS Building a Business in Maternal Health Occupational Therapy Site: Live Well Collaborative, Cincinnati, OH | The Mother Nurture Center, Redondo Beach, CA | Tender Beginnings, Cincinnati, OH | Nurtured Family Wellness, LLC, Cincinnati, OH Expert Mentor: Janae Grimshaw, MS, OTR/L, CPMT, SWC, IBCLC, Occupational Therapist, The Mother Nurture Center, Redondo Beach, CA Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES 

ANNA SILVESTRI, OTDS, CLIPP Bariatric Care: A Holistic Occupational Therapy Approach Site: Columbus VA | Columbus, OH Expert Mentor: Kristine Diehl, MD | Physician, and Owner |Delaware Family Care Associates | Wilmington, DE Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES 

GRACE BOLOMOPE, OTDS OTD Program Design & Program Development Site: Huntington University (Huntington, IN & Fort Wayne, IN) Expert Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy | Huntington University, Fort Wayne, IN Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR, CLIPP, FAOTA 

SAMANTHA CALL, OTDS Expansion of Occupational Therapy Based Resources in China Site: Living Hope International/ Living Hope Global Ministries | OCJ Kids, Phoenix, AZ Expert Mentor: Angie Blevins, Director Living Hope International / Living Hope Global Ministries Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

ANNA LYNCH, OTDS Creating Occupational Therapy-Based Resources for the Medically Underserved Pediatric Population of China Site: Living Hope International/ Living Hope Global Ministries | Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities | Huntington University - Fort Wayne, IN Expert Mentor: Angie Blevins, Director Living Hope International / Living Hope Global Ministries Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

KELLI DALLER, OTDS Occupational Therapy in Justice-Based Settings Site: Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR | Washington County Community Corrections Center (WCCC), Hillsboro, OR Expert Mentor: John A. White, Jr., Ph.D., MA, FAOTA, OTR/L, Professor of Occupational Therapy | Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR Faculty Mentor: Laura Gerig, PhD

MARISSA HILL, OTDS Stir It Up: Expand and Empower Site: Stir It Up, LLC, Grand Rapids, MI Expert Mentor: Zoe Bruyn, Founder & CEO | Stir It Up, LLC, Grand Rapids, MI Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

MADDIE KREILL, OTDS Doctoral Capstone: Transition to Adulthood Site: Oakwood High School & Project SEARCH - Troy, OH Expert Mentor: Rebecca D. Sledge, High School Intervention Specialist | Oakwood High School, Oakwood, OH Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

KELLY PIEPENBRINK, OTDS Increasing Quality of Life of Individuals with all Abilities Site: Emmanuel Community Church, Fort Wayne, IN Expert Mentor: Jamesdean Visley, OTD, OTR/L | Assistant Professor | Occupational Therapist | Huntington University, Fort Wayne, IN Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

ALLISON SCHNEIDER, OTDS Incorporating Occupational Therapy into a Transitional Program's Curriculum Site: Cincinnati Children's Hospital- Project Search, Cincinnati, OH  Expert Mentor: Susan Rutkowski | Administrator, Co-Director of Project Search | Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES 

REBECCA BURKHART, OTDS Best Practice Rehabilitation Program Pathway: Beginning in the NICU Site: Tower Health Reading Hospital, Reading, PA | St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, PA | Neumann University, Aston Township, PA Expert Mentor: Holly E. Mays, DPT, CCI, Adult Ortho, and Pediatric PT | Reading Hospital/Tower Health, Reading PA Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR, CLIPP, FAOTA

ARIANA DELAY, OTDS, CLIPP Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Clinical Research Site: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH Expert Mentor: Karen Harpster, Ph.D., OTR/L | Assistant Professor, Division of Research in Patient Services LEND Program | Occupational Therapist | Cincinnati, OH Faculty Mentor: Michelle Mays, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

RAVINA NAKUM, OTDS Expanding Sensory Sensitivity in the Emergency Room Setting at Northwestern Medicine-Central Dupage Hospital Site: Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL Expert Mentor: Zankhana Desai, BSN, MSN, RN, Associate Manager, Emergency Department and Pediatric Emergency Department | Northwestern Medicine at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM 

AARONE CEFALO, OTDS Best Practice Resource Guideline for Pediatric Stroke Site: Crossway Pediatric Therapy, Charlotte, NC Expert Mentor: Shelley Anne Dean, OTD, OTR/L, President/Owner | Crossway, Inc. dba Crossway Pediatric Therapy, Charlotte, NC Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

CARA CLICK, OTDS Home Exercise Videos and Therapeutic Low-Cost Alternatives for Pediatrics Site: Hopebridge, LLC, Kokomo, IN Expert Mentor: Boyd Teusch, COTA | Hopebridge, LLC, Kokomo, IN Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES

KELLY ENSIGN, OTDS Integration of Trauma-Informed Care into Pediatric Occupational Therapy Site: Utah Community Action Head Start, Salt Lake City, UT Expert Mentor: Victoria Edmonds | Special Needs Coordinator | Utah Community Action Head Start, Salt Lake City, UT Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

CAROLINE RICCITELLI, OTDS Pediatric Sensory-Integration Protocol Site: Theracare Inc, TOTS (Theracare Outpatient Therapy Services), Fishers, IN Expert Mentor: Melanie Witkowski, MOT, OTR/L, Director / Occupational Therapist | Theracare Inc, TOTS (Theracare Outpatient Therapy Services), Fishers, IN Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

KATELYN STOUT, OTDS Increasing Mealtime Participation in the Pediatric ASD Population with Interdisciplinary Collaboration Site: Hopebridge, LLC, Kokomo, IN Expert Mentor: Boyd L. Teusch, COTA Fieldwork Coordinator | Hopebridge, LLC, Kokomo, IN Faculty Mentor: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS, CEES

ALLYSON WARNER, OTDS Sensory Processing within the Pediatric Population Site: Piller Child Development, Phoenix, AZ Expert Mentor: Aimee Piller, Ph.D., OTR/L Owner/Lead Occupational Therapist | Piller Child Development, Phoenix, AZ Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

BROOKE EWING, OTDS Visual Deficits Site: Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN | Huntington University - Fort Wayne, IN Expert Mentor: Tracey Crews, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, IEP Therapy | Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR

KAYLA FREDERICK, OTDS Resilience Development in Children With Adverse Childhood Experiences: An Occupational Therapist's Role Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN Expert Mentor: Lesley Love, OTD, OTR/L | Occupational Therapist | Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, IN Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

BRIANNA HILL, OTDS Occupational Therapy-based Yoga Site: Morgan Occupational & Speech Therapy (mOST), Malibu, CA Expert Mentor: Jennifer Morgan, MOT, OTR/L, CEO & Occupational Therapist | Morgan Occupational & Speech Therapy (mOST), Malibu, CA Faculty Mentor: Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM

KIRSTEN KUHN, OTDS A Guide to Sensory Rooms in the School Site: Pathfinder Educational Center, St. Joseph County, MI & Sensational Brain LLC, Galesburg, MI Expert Mentor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L | Occupational Therapist and Owner of Sensational Brain's BrainWorks products | Sensational Brain LLC, Galesburg, MI Faculty Mentor: Sara Best, OTD, OTR/L, CAS

SHANA TUTTLE, OTDS, CLIPP Kindergartener Handwriting Abilities (Visual Perception & Fine Motor Skills) Site: Greensburg Elementary School | Greensburg, IN Expert Mentor: Martha Montgomery, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist | Greensburg Community Schools, Greensburg, IN Faculty Mentor: Reagan Berstresser-Simpson, OTD, OTR/L

LOGAN BAGBY, OTDS, CLIPP Home Modifications for Older Adults Living in Recreational Vehicles Site- Koremen, LLC| Indianapolis, IN Expert Mentor- Jeffrey Hughes | Executive Director of Koreman Disability LLC & Portals LLC| Indianapolis, IN Faculty Mentor- Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTA

LACY DEITRICK, OTDS Mechanical Animal Sessions: A Mean for Support for Dementia Site: Joyful Journey: Adult Day Service, West Lafayette, IN | Westminster Village, West Lafayette, IN Expert Mentor: Kinney Foster, Memory Care Facilitator | Westminster Village, West Lafayette, IN Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR 

TORI MADARIS, OTDS Tai Chi as a Fall Prevention Program Site: Gracework's Bethany Lutheran Village Retirement and Community Living, Dayton, OH Expert Mentor: Alex Sheets, Exercise Specialist, Rock Steady Boxing Coach | Bethany Village, Dayton, OH Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTA 

PEYTON PIKE, OTDS The Effects of Rock Steady Boxing as an Occupational Therapy Intervention Site: Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, Huntington, IN Expert Mentor:  Vanessa Macias | Director of Healthy Living, Membership Director, and Athletic Trainer | Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, Huntington, IN Faculty Mentor: Beth O'Rourke, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR 

LAUREL SCHROEDER, OTDS Rural Older Adults Aging in Place Site: Visiting Angels, Edgerton Senior Center, Park View Skilled Nursing Facility (Edgerton, OH) Expert Mentor: Kelly Wilhelm, Owner | Visiting Angels, Edgerton, OH Faculty Mentor: Andrew Rivera, OTD, OTR/L, LMT, AEP, CLIPP 

JOCELYN SPITZ, OTDS Enhancing Engagement in Meaningful Occupations for Older Adults with Dementia/Cognitive Impairment Site: The Chateau at Moorings Park, Naples, FL Expert Mentor: Emily E. Lozier, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist | The Chateau at Moorings Park, Naples, FL Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTA 

MEGAN AZZARELLO, CEAS I, AOEAS Ergonomic Program Development at The Rising Workplace Site: The Rising Workplace, Fairview, NC Expert Mentor: Nikki Weiner, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS, AOEAS | Occupational Therapist, Clinical Director & Co-Founder of the Rising Workplace, Fairview, NC Faculty Mentor: Nathan Short, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

KATLIN COUCHMAN, OTDS Return-To-Work Programming: An Ergonomic Outlook Site: Vera Bradley Distribution Center, Roanoke, IN Expert Mentor: Jessica Fogle, CHMM, Corporate Environmental, Health & Safety Manager | Vera Bradley, Roanoke, IN Faculty Mentor: Nathan Short, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CEES

CASSIDY JOHNSON, OTDS, CEAS II, CLIPP AgrAbility and Occupational Therapy's Role: Working with Farmers and Ranchers Site: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN Expert Mentor: William E. Field, Ed.D. | Professor | Purdue University Agricultural & Biological Engineering Building, West Lafayette, IN Faculty Mentor: Ruth Ford, Ed.D., MSBS, OTR/L, CLIPP, FAOTA

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13 In-Service Ideas for OT Fieldwork Students

If you’re an occupational therapy student completing your level II fieldwork, you will likely have to come up with an in-service idea, which is a presentation or project you’re responsible for. Take it from me, deciding on an in-service idea for your fieldwork can be a daunting challenge!

Fieldwork flies by, and before you know it, it’s almost over and you need to come up with an idea ASAP!

I wholeheartedly recommend choosing a topic or project that you’re interested in and that you think will provide value to the therapists in your setting. You can also take note of what your fieldwork setting needs in terms of intervention ideas or items and make or present on something based on that need.

But if you’re still drawing a blank, this post will help give you some popular OT in-service ideas to get started. I want to note that these in-service ideas are tailored to the adult and geriatric rehab settings. If you’re looking for pediatric in-service ideas, Pinterest has a plethora of ideas for you as well.


Present on Current Research Relating to Common Diagnoses

When therapists have been treating for a while, it can be hard to keep up to date on the latest in occupational therapy research.

Fieldwork student in-services focused on current research are great ways to present the most up to date information to all practitioners, especially since students have the latest information from their schooling.

Present on a Case Study That You Saw While In Fieldwork

Another common theme for in-services is to present on an interesting patient that you treated during your rotation. You could choose a patient that you saw an uncommon diagnosis or used a new intervention with. Adding in current research to the case study is also a great way to further educate coworkers and fellow students.

Create a Binder of Patient Education Handouts

This project is super helpful for settings that don’t have easy to access handouts to give to patients. In my settings (acute care and inpatient rehab), I regularly have to search for and print out patient handouts, so having a full binder of worksheets to copy would be such a time-saver.

Here are just some of the topics my coworkers and I came up with while brainstorming:

The list could go on and on for this one! I would recommend writing a big “ORIGINAL” in yellow highlighter on each sheet so coworkers don’t take the originals without replacing them with copies.

Present on Functional Cognition Interventions

Presenting on interventions that address cognition functionally is a great topic since many of us in the field could use a refresher ourselves. Bonus points if you can create a clinic toolkit full of helpful worksheets to go along with the education.

If you need more information about functional cognition interventions, be sure to check out our article “ Functional Cognition and OT: Our Time to Shine. ”

Educate on Sensory Integration in the Dementia Population

If you’re working with older adults, presenting on sensory integration with advanced dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is a great way to educate other therapists who may not be as familiar with this. Here is some sensory integration information from Alzheimers.net  to get you started.

Present on Low Vision Strategies

Along with many of these other topics, seasoned OTs as well as new OTs can benefit from education and adaptations regarding low vision in any setting. For more about low vision with regards to occupational therapy, check out these low vision strategies from AOTA to get started.

Make a Playing Card Velcro Board

Many facilities I’ve worked in have a playing card velcro board as a past in-service project since it addresses so many deficit areas. It’s great for visual scanning, functional reaching, standing tolerance, fine motor/gross motor coordination, attention, range of motion, and balance. The board will have each card attached with velcro so the patient can match/attach the corresponding card, as seen below:


Create an ADL Vest

If your setting doesn’t already have one, making an ADL vest is a great functional intervention for patients with decreased fine motor coordination and can be easily utilized in the gym.

Adding snaps, small and large buttons, zippers, even bra clasps is a great way to work on dressing for any patient with difficulty managing this aspect of dressing, for when they’re in the gym and can’t actually work on it.

Dressing Vest with zipper buttons velcro and snaps by HomeGrownOT, $50.00:

Put Together a Folder of Quick Standardized Assessments

Many settings already have their own assessments for use, but in some settings, like acute care , it can be a challenge to find a quick and easy assessment on the fly.

If your setting doesn’t have their own collection of assessments, you can create a binder of free and quick assessments to use for aspects such as self-care, cognition, activity tolerance, balance, or fine motor coordination. This would be very valuable to any setting that doesn’t already have this!

Make a Medication Management Toolkit

Medication management is an important I-ADL to address for patients who will be going home and may be managing their own medications, especially if they have difficulties with high level cognitive tasks.

This is really important to address this before going home, so I make an effort to address this with any patient with even a mild cognitive impairment who will be doing this themselves when going home. The kit is also great for a fine motor coordination intervention.

For full detailed instructions on how to make your own medication management kit, check out this post from Carbon Creations. Trust me that it will be a valuable addition to the setting!

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Make a “Groceries Galore” Kit

I created a Groceries Galore kit for one of my in-service projects when I was in my last Level II fieldwork, and it is super easy to make. Simply collect and rinse out various grocery containers of all shapes and sizes, with difficult lids and easier lids. You can add small Scrabble pieces, pennies, beads, etc. for an extra fine motor component.

Add your own price stickers to each container to grade it up to also address cognition. I also really like to have patients place the containers in high and low areas of our kitchen area for item retrieval, gross motor coordination, range of motion, and standing tolerance as a great occupation-based activity.

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Put Together a Mirror Box

If you’re in a setting with stroke patients or complex regional pain patients, creating a mirror box  is a really neat and helpful addition to the clinic. Here is a quick YouTube video on how to create and use a mirror box.  Be sure to include printed instructions on how to use it as well as evidence supporting its use for future staff members.

Create Laminated Lab Value Cards

I saw this idea in one of the OT Facebook groups and thought it was great. Facilities may already have printed out lab value sheets, but making small, pocket-sized laminated cards would be a great value to you as a student or new grad. Instead of having to rifle through your clipboard for papers, a laminated version is easier to find and much more durable.

If the expenses aren’t too high, you could earn bonus points from your CI and coworkers by printing out several to hand out for the team therapists or fellow students to have as a quick reference.

Don’t Just Stop at These Ideas!

This list of my favorite OT fieldwork in-service ideas is definitely just a starting point. There are so many other ideas you or your fieldwork student can present on. If you’re still lost for ideas, asking coworkers for clinic needs or helpful topics is another great way to get more valuable in-service ideas.

I’d love to hear your previous in-service topics and favorite ideas as well! What else would you add to the list? Please share in the comments below!

This post was originally published on April 6, 2017 and updated on August 23, 2020.

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I’m currently in acute setting for my FW 2B. Having a hard time with ideas for my inservice. I love to be creative and bring different things but I’m having a hard time!

For acute care, you could see if your specific setting has a need for certain patient education handouts on diagnoses, precautions, etc, or lab values sheets for therapists. You could also present on an interesting diagnosis that you’ve seen. Your CI and other therapists at your site will know what they might need, so ask around for ideas! That usually never fails 🙂 Good luck!

These are super helpful! They’ll come in handy as I finish up my first level II fieldwork in a couple weeks. I always wonder about balancing what I think would be really great to have in a particular setting (in this case, a SNF) and what they (the OTs and OTAs there) are actually going to use. For example the grocery kit idea looks great (and I’d definitely want to use it) but kitchen-based interventions where I’m at tend to be rare. I suppose it’s a matter of collaborating with OTAs and OT about what kind of stuff you could bring that would be useful to the facility.

I’m so glad these are helpful for you! Yes definitely check with the therapists and see what they might be lacking; that could give you an even better idea of what they could use while also being educational for you to create. Good luck with the rest of your fieldwork and your in-service!

Im finishing up my second rotation in my level 2’s (was delayed due to covid) and i was placed with a home health company which i hear is rare for a student or new grad. Im struggling with an in service idea for my CI because she has everything! i was thinking a binder of pt handouts, or standardized assessments but shes already got a ton of that. I dont want to create anything to big due to her traveling and was trying to think of something that would be beneficial to her

You can ask your CI or even other company therapists/management what they may need, and if they don’t have any needs you could always cover a related topic/diagnosis or case study to present to the other therapists. Good luck!

These sound like amazing ideas!! I’m currently doing my level II FW at a state hospital and I am in charge of the Forensic units. I am having a hard time thinking of ideas for my inservice cause I’m not a strong researcher.. I want to think of something creative but not sure what to do…

Hello! I am currently on my second level II fieldwork at an outpatient clinic typically having a lot of orthopedic clients and some peds. I am also dealing with a lack of cultural competency at this current site. My supervisor made it clear that I do not have to do an in-service so if I turn around and say I do and it”s on cultural competency it feels slightly disrespectful. Does anyone have any ideas of how I can combine a project and cultural competency together? We see a lot of clients for shoulder ROM and pain.

I don’t think it would be disrespectful at all! You could frame it that your program recommends that you do an in-service and that you’re interested in cultural competency and would like to do a brief in-service on this. It’s a really important topic in our practice (in every setting) that I believe the therapists will find useful. Would love to hear from others on this!

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Student presentations, katie adams, darcy baker, jared baker, jessica baldridge, siera becker, taryn betka, alicia borcic, catherine boyle, jared breyer, morgan britton, marit brown, brianne bulleigh, laura campion, kathryn carano, emily carothers, inna kathreen chang, danielle chirhart, brianna gibbs cooper, madeline coughlin, taylor dalbey, sydney dickerson, charles e eberle, kaitlyn ellerman, paige engbers, olivia fair-lafferty, audra feehan, emily garcia, sarah gerken, ellie goerdt, margaret griffin, chase gronowski, anika hansen, whitney hewitt, jennifer hickey, taylor hiebert, marti m. hitz, macy hoskins, ashley hottman, michelle huesca, morgan huffman, angela ingram, daniel l. jackson, rebecca jensen, andrea juarez, jessica junio, elliana kastner, nicholas kellerhals, theresa kennelly, hilary kircher, taylor knecht, shaun kramer, coleman lay, emily ludwig, krizelle magdirila, molly marin, coleen mccarthy, lauren mcclung, macall mcfall, chris mcguff, kellie mckean, brianne mcmahon, evon mikulecky, audra miller, jennifer mitton, julia neppel, katherine north, sydney oehrke, katherine olmedo, claire passmore, mackenzie payne, jenna pelchat, katie petersen, erika petty, amy piekosz, brooke rasmussen, jimmy roberts, jayme rossow, shelby rozenboom, dezarai diana ramirez ryan, taylor sadler, caroline schmidt, hannah rose wysopal schramm, rachel schroeter, christina-marie sleight, kaitlyn stangl, brianna starr, michaela stevenson, peyton stork, carissa stratton, michael thomason, mackenzie twaddell, nicole vasquez, lena-maria volkers, emily walker, carina watson, taylor l. wienkes, madeline wille, jaclyn b. williams, marlise williams, nicole willse, jocelyn young-hyman.

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Capstones from 2022 2022.

An Occupational Therapy Practitioner’S Intervention Guide To Increasing Occupational Engagement In The Virtual Setting With Individuals Diagnosed With Serious Mental Illness , Oluwafeyikemi Deborah Adewoye

Addressing Autism Spectrum Disorder In A School Based Setting , Grant Baker

The Effects Of Retained Primitive Reflexes On Students’ Occupational And Academic Performance In The School Setting , Molly Banks

Tiny Humans, Huge Environments: All The Sense’S Coming Into Play , Jessica L. Blackman

Increasing Health, Wellness, and Self-Care in Older Adults Experiencing Mental Health Effects During and After a Pandemic , Hayley Blom

Protecting Against Pain And Stress In The Nicu: An Evidence-Based Eye Examination Guideline , Heather Jo Bowman

Aquatic Therapy: An Interprofessional Resource Focusing On Children With Developmental And Intellectual Disabilities , Mackenzie Martha Brokaw

Pediatric Telehealth Simplified: A Toolkit For The Rural Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioner , Stacy Michelle Buschette

Programming To Help At-Risk Youth Find Success In And Outside Of The Classroom , Nora Carlson

Occupation, Dissociation, and Queer Identity , Katie Christopherson

Promoting Adherence To Lymphedema Manageemnt: A Resource Guide For Ot Practitioners In Interprofessional Teams , Marissa Louise Dreiling

Meeting Sensory Needs: A Childcare Provider’S Guide To Support Sensory Strategies In The Daycare Setting , McKenzie Dye

Supporting Participation In Daily Tasks, Quality Of Life, And Well-Being For Individuals With Parkinson’S Disease Dementia , Miranda Kay Evanson

Addressing Challenges Related To Community Reintegration Following A Traumatic Brain Injury , Alexia Rose Gallagher

Addressing The Recreation And Social Participation Gap In Children With Disabilities: Program Development Of A Recreational Summer Camp , Benjamin Isaac Germolus

Care For The Caregiver: A Rural Perspective , Michaela Claire Gerving

Wellness Education For The Food Insecure Population , Erin M. Grensteiner

The Development Of A Transition To Motherhood Education And Support Program: Elevate Motherhood , Chloe R. Haas

Pathway Through Nature: A Nature-Based Occupational Therapy Program To Support Adolescent Mental Health , Danielle Grace Halstead

Rural Community Park Accessibility , AshleyMarie Patricia Hirdler

Interoception Toolkit: A Resource For Occupational Therapy Practitioners To Use With Children And Their Families , Heidi Lynn Janssen

A Sensory-Based Toolkit For Health Management Of Patients With Aggressive Behaviors In Acute Care , Meghan Janssen

Referral And Outcomes In An Equine Facilitated Occupational Therapy Program , Julie A. Juracich

Enhancing the Leisure, Social Participation, and Quality of Life of Older Adults Isolated during the COVID-19 Pandemic , Mariah LeRoux

Strategies For Campers With Sensory Challenges , Rachel Jessica Lindemann

How to Support Adolescents Affected by ACEs: An Advocacy Guide , Hallie Longtin

Oral Hygiene Education For Patients And Staff In An Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting , Cassandra L. Madsen

A Research Study To Identify Gaps And Barriers To Mental Health Treatment In Natrona County , Jedekiah Zean May

Bringing Peace To The River: Establishing Support Groups For Survivors Of Loss By Suicide , Allison Emily McGauvran

The “Nature” Of Growth: A Virtual Education Platform For Caregivers Of Children With Trauma , Katelyn Rose McLellan

Sex, Drugs, & Rockin’ Referrals: An Interprofessional Guide For Young Adults With Cancer , Nicole Cathryn Merchlewicz

Developing An Occupational Therapy Role In Pediatric Private Practice , Sydnie R. Merriman-Ferri

Bridging The Gap: A Comprehensive Discharge Guide , Ashley Marie Mutziger

Yoga As Occupational Therapy Intervention For Individuals With Upper Extremity Injuries , Dina Mu Nickoson

Accessibility in Rural America , Ashley Osbjornson

Occupational Therapist’S Role In Addressing The Psychological Impacts Of Pain In Clients With Upper Extremity Conditions , Shivangi Patel

Bridging The Gap Between Ancillary Health Professions And Rural Community Health Needs , McKenzie Rae Peterson

Iris Clubhouse: Experiences of Community Integration , Rebecca J. Reeves

Inclusivity In Usa Swimming: A Sport For Every Ability , Ellie Anne Roche

Functional Cognition In Long-Term Care: Implementing Allen’S Cognitive Level Screen , Sarah Janean Schumacher

Transitional Caregiver Support from NICU to Early Intervention Services. , Sophia Schutt

Upper Extremity Evaluation & Intervention through the Utilization of Occupation-based Activities within the Model of Human Occupation Perspective , Richard J. Seaman

Parent & Caregiver Education And Support: A Product To Support Families Of Childrn With Senosry Processing Difficulties , Jaslyn Robb Seeley

Building Life Skills And Reducing Recidivism , Kassandra Severson

Occupational Therapy Program Development For Group Threatment For Outpatient Pediatric Clinics: Technology Management , Amy Lynn Fust Shaver

A Home-Based Program To Support Parents/Caregivers Of Children With Complex Developmental Needs In Their Home Environment , Audrey Lind Soulek

Creating a Sensory Friendly Classroom , Kaitlynn Stearns

Enhancing Occupational Performance Outcomes For Individuals With Orthopedic Injuries That Includes Psychosocial Well-Being Considerations In Occupational Therapy , Tyler Stecher

A Product To Aid Adolescents In Re-Integration To In-Person Education And Social Activities During The Covid-19 Pandemic , Kristin Nicole Thompson

Educating the Interprofessional Team and Family About Sensory Challenges Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder May Experience , Delanie Vitosh

Secondary To Post-Secondary Education Transition: A Guide For Self-Advocacy And Self-Determination , Karleen T. VonKrosigk

Realizing, Recognizing, Responding, & Resisting Re-Traumatization: An Evidence-Based Toolkit for Occupational Therapists to Advocate for Their Role on Interprofessional Teams to Address the Impacts of Childhood Trauma , Abby Werkmeister

Capstones from 2021 2021

Occupational Therapy’S Role In Addressing Mental Health Needs In Middle Schoolers , Taylor Anderson, Emily Annen, and Seira Dick

Addressing Sexual Intimacy Post-Spinal Cord Injury with Clients and their Significant Other , Michelle Arnhalt and Taylor Beatty

Recovering from the Loss of a Loved One: A Group Protocol for Remaining Active in Valued Occupations while Coping with the Loss of a Loved One , Hailey Axtell and Ty Berg

Occupational Therapy for Pregnant Women: An Ergonomics Program for First-Time Mothers , Kaitlyn Berglund and Brianna Peterman

Increasing Quality of Life and Occupational Performance: A Treatment Protocol for Military Burn Patients and Their Families , Emma Chafin and Jessica Lambert

Broadening the Role of Occupational Therapists within the ICU Setting: An Occupation-Based Toolkit , Roxana Chirinos and Carly Derouin

The Role Of Occupational Therapy In Promoting Employment Outcomes With Individuals Diagnosed With A Serious Mental Illness , Lexie Coalwell and Allison Moran

Creating Sense of It: An In-service to Address Military Students Experiencing Sensory Deficits , Danielle Cox and Katelyn Jennings

A Guide for Occupational Therapist Working with Women with Postpartum Depression and Eating Disorders , Nathina Crabtree and Sara Gregoire

Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Individuals Utilizing a Home Computer Workstation , Dalton Fetsch and Jonah Kratochvil

A Group-Protocol: Returning to Life Post Breast Cancer Treatment , Janice Finley and Ashley Timm

Occupational Therapy and Primary Care: The Tools for Referral , Alexandra Grosser and Kelsey Tadman

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Developing Social Skills for Adolescents with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder , Rachel Grubb and Amira Ragab

The Occupational Therapy Guide for Enabling Meaningful Social Participation Post-TBI , Vanessa Johnson and Hope Nelson

Creating an Adaptive In-School Sports Program to Increase Occupational Engagement and Performance in Children with Physical Disabilities: A Resource Manual for Occupational Therapists , Bethany Kasberger and Kaylee Loken

Prevention, Positioning, Participation: Wheelchair Education and Promotion of Occupational Engagement for Caregivers in SNFs , Sarah Lovelace and Brandon Steffen

A Practitioner's Guide: Using the Cognitive Performance Test to increase Independent Living Skills for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities , Alycia Peacock and Grace Spanos

Improving School Readiness in Home-Based Care Settings , Malea Peters and Shelby Wittenberg

Structured Ambassador Program for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Preschool Setting , Aspen Pitcher and Abby Wendel

Addressing Culture throughout the Occupational Therapy Process: Beyond the Basics , Samantha Plutko and Jacey Savage

Parental Caregiver Guide For An Adolescent With Down Syndrome: Transitioning Out Of High School , Kalindi Rachey and Hailey Johnson

Empowering Grand-Families Through Occupation: An Occupational Therapy Intervention Program for Grandchildren and Custodial Grandparents , Macie Romsdal and Gabrielle Wavra

Youth Mental Health Community Based OT Intervention Guide: Putting the Pieces Back Together , Bailey Schumacher and Meaghan Wolfgram

OT is the Missing Link in Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction , Hope Schuster and Michaela Mayhood

Increasing Participation in Meaningful Occupations for Disabled Veterans Through the Promotion of Spirituality: An Intervention Resource Manual for Occupational Therapists. , Tristen Smith and Audrya Tarango

Coffee With Farmers , Ivy Steiger and Kelsey Sherry

Occupational Therapy Joining Bariatric Care Teams: A Web-Based Resource , Annabelle Tarnowski and Rylee Skyberg

Immersive Virtual Reality (VR) and Telehealth to Promote Engagement in Occupations for Rural Populations: Manual for Occupational Therapists , Brock Wahlert and Emily Utech

Capstones from 2020 2020

Therapeutic Use of Self: Continuing Education for Occupational Therapy Practitioners and Students , Jessica Anderson and Hannah Halbakken

Redirected Mindset: A Guide to a More Holistic Practice in Physical Rehabilitation , Sara Anderson and Ashley Malina

Culturally Responsive Care for American Indians and Alaskan Natives: An Online Training Module for Occupational Therapists , Dayton Bender and Penelope Yoosook

Addressing the Occupational Needs of Children with Post Traumatic Brain Injury in the School Setting , Reghan Boldt and Madisyn Rick

Occupational Therapy Best Practice Addressing Anxiety-Related Behaviors: Extending Strategies into the Classroom , Hannah Burks and Kristen Kilian-Weides

A Holistic Approach to Infant Sleep , MacKenzie Danielson, Karlie Marler, and Alyssa Turner-Strong

Occupational Therapy: Addressing Mental Health Needs in Permanent Supportive Housing , Jessica Drady and Drew Mapes

Home in Place: An Activities of Daily Living Resource Guide for Informal Caregivers Caring for their Loved One with Dementia , Justine Flattum and Nora Stevenson

A Home-based Program for Adolescents Recovering from Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa: The Promotion of Recovery in the Natural Context , Rachael Gabrelcik and Kathryn Jensen

The Role of Occupational Therapy with the Foster Care System: Implementation of Routine Screening Procedures , Sydney Gayton and Hannah Merges

Exploring a Best-Practice Approach for Preventing Challenging Behavior in Pediatric Occupational Therapy , McKenzie Ramsey Gehring and Kimberly Harmelink

Occupational Gearing For Child Rearing: Occupational Therapy’s Role in Helping New Mothers Succeed After Giving Birth , Alana Grabarkewitz and Lydia Swanson

Creating Inclusive and Culturally Competent Healthcare for the LGBTQ+ Community: A Curriculum , Caelin Hansen and Jordyn Himley

Hand Therapy Outcomes: Therapists’ Perceptions Of Occupation-Based Interventions In Practice , Cheyenne Hanson and Molly Maudal

Operationalizing Leisure as a Therapeutic Modality in Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Web-Based Resource , Elizabeth Hauck and Summer Miller

Occupational Therapy Based Resource Designed for Caregivers of Children in the Foster Care System , Courtney Haugen and Brianna McNelly

Filling the Gap: A Caregiver Guide for Children Transitioning out of Early Intervention , Parker Hoey and Marissa Rahlf

Assistive Technology for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Group Protocol for Improving Occupational Performance of College Students , Jacob Horn and Kyler Peterson

An Allen's Cognitive Levels Training Program for More Comprehensive Interprofessional Care , Ashton Hudspeth and Colton Peltier

Understanding Values, Beliefs, and Spirituality Within a Diverse Country: Implications for Health Care Professionals , Miranda Ivers and Paige Rieger

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Breaking Down the OTD Capstone Process

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Nadim Batshon, OTD ’19, with his capstone poster.

Part of what distinguishes USAHS’ entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree from our Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree is that our OTD students complete a capstone project. The capstone project is an opportunity for students to dive deeply into a topic that interests them within the OT field. At first, the process can seem both exciting and intimidating for students. To break it down, we spoke with Angela Blackwell, PhD, OTR, an associate professor of OT who co-coordinates the doctoral program on our campus in Austin, Texas.

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Step 1: Define the Problem

Dr. Blackwell says that in their third trimester, OTD students “start to think about a problem that exists in the clinic or in society that OT can address. Ideally, they find a problem that hasn’t been adequately explored.” The student refines their definition of the problem based on observations, conversations, and a review of OT literature on the topic.

Students might find a new angle on a traditional OT practice area, such as helping people with disabilities. Or they might look within emerging practice areas, such as working with people experiencing homelessness, forensic populations, young people in foster care, people with substance abuse issues, and much more. Here are examples of some recent OTD projects:

Step 2: Form a Capstone Team

Students assemble a capstone team that consists of:

Of her role on the capstone team, Dr. Blackwell says, “I love seeing the students develop, and seeing our profession develop in new and interesting ways. I’m their cheerleader, on their team, their witness – I see them grow tremendously, gain confidence, and become experts in this area. I feel their pride.”

She adds that most OTD students aren’t accustomed to completing a project that is so self-directed and open-ended. “They’re used to handing in an assignment and getting a grade—but not having to rework something multiple times. So in the beginning, I set expectations that this will be an iterative process.”

Step 3: Brainstorm Possible Solutions

Next, the student brainstorms possible ways to approach their chosen problem. They have the option to develop and/or implement a program at a facility, conduct an onsite research study, write a scholarly paper, create more resources for OTs to work in their topic area, or other creative approaches—the possibilities are numerous. “What they choose depends on the student’s goals, personality, and access to facilities,” Dr. Blackwell says.

Students try to network and make connections with sites where they might want to conduct research or implement their program. Capstone team members can help facilitate connections, and USAHS has relationships with some sites that are happy to mentor multiple students over time.

This part of the process can be challenging for students who have lots of interests and ideas, Dr. Blackwell says. “Sometimes they freeze at this stage, so I try to not let them get overwhelmed. I advise them to keep the project small, and I urge them to trust me and trust the process. I tell them that no matter what topic they choose, the capstone project is a valuable process.”

Step 4: Write a Preliminary Proposal

In their fourth trimester, students write a preliminary proposal, articulating the problem and solution that they’ve defined. Their capstone team members review this proposal and give feedback, guiding the student as they see fit.

Students’ fifth and sixth terms are devoted to completing their onsite fieldwork. During this time, they continue to gather information and ideas for their capstone project.

Step 5: Write a Full Proposal

In the seventh trimester, students dig in and fill out a full proposal, which includes an introduction articulating the problem, a literature review about the issue, a detailed description of the methodology the student will use in their project, and appendices. Their capstone team members look at drafts of the proposal to make sure it’s developing in the right direction.

Step 6: Defend the Proposal

Near the end of their seventh term, students defend the proposal by presenting it to an audience that can include any member of the USAHS community, as well as the student’s friends and family. Members give constructive feedback. “We don’t let students defend it before they’re ready,” Dr. Blackwell says. “We keep working together until the proposal is in good shape. It’s a proud moment to see the students defend their proposal with confidence.”

Step 7: Conduct Research, Ideally Hands-On

After the proposal defense, the students begin the 14-week capstone experience, which is the hands-on portion of their project—with site visits, interviews, surveys, and more. “The ideal is boots on the ground, working with the population,” says Dr. Blackwell. However, during COVID-related shutdowns, some students have needed to alter their plans for hands-on work.

Step 8: Present the Findings

At the end of the eighth term, just before graduation, students present the findings of their capstone project in a poster, and they deliver an oral presentation. The whole USAHS community is invited. (During the pandemic, these have been conducted virtually, with students from multiple campuses able to view each other’s presentations.) Dr. Blackwell characterizes the presentation as “another proud moment.” She says, “The students become competent clinicians who can solve big problems. It’s exciting to see them come full circle—to see this application of evidence and theory that far exceeds that of their MOT peers. They gain a command of the profession and the topic they chose.”

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) offers hands-on Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degrees. Join a collaborative cohort of peers who learn under the mentorship of expert faculty-practitioners. Practice with mock patients in our state-of-the-art simulation centers and learn anatomy with our high-tech tools. Prepare for clinical practice with patients across the lifespan, as well as advanced roles in research, practice leadership, and policymaking. Residential (online coursework + in-person labs on weekdays) and Flex (online coursework + in-person labs on weekends) formats are available.

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Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations

Capstone presentations from 2022 2022.

The Typical Toddler: Diet and Approaches to Picky Eating , Carissa Adams

Understanding Advocacy for Promoting Occupational Engagement among Individuals with Disabilities , Rebecca L. Benson

Enhancing Life: Promoting Meaningful Interventions to Support Individuals with Dementia , Keelan N. Blasius

An Occupation-Based Approach to Empower Individuals Experiencing Homelessness , Sydney L. Bodensteiner

Promoting Mental Health of Middle and High School Students Using Universal and Targeted Strategies , Alyssa E. Brown

Occupational Therapy in Oncology Care: Methods for Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue , Marissa Emberly Cardenas

Expanding the Role of Occupational Therapy for Oncology Patients: A Focus on Tumor- and Blood-Based Cancers , Erika N. Clark

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sensory Play Education in Daycare Setting , Bianca K. Claussen

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Music Student Health , Katie Ericsson

Promoting Occupational Therapy Involvement in End-of-Life Care Through Advocacy and Education , Macey Genzlinger

Mending the Mind: Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy for Executive Dysfunction Post-Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury , Shannon E. Hegland

Meeting Mental Health Needs of Parents Caring for Children with Disabilities by Facilitating Occupational Balance and Well-being , Emily J. Heumiller

Exploring Occupational Therapy in Perinatal Care: Promoting the Mental Health and Well-Being of Women During and After an Unplanned Pregnancy , Sydney M. Korn

Hula as a Protective Factor that Improves the Quality of Life to Those Who Dance in a Hula , Pepper T. Lum-Lung

Impact of Stigma on Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Implications for School-Based Occupational Therapists , Sidney M. McReynolds Mrs.

Investigating the Impact of Parkinson’s Disease on IADL Performance, Emphasizing the Need for Earlier Diagnosis and the Value of Timelier Occupational Therapy Intervention , Brittney N. Moser

Occupational Therapy and Continuous Care: Pediatric Rehabilitation for Children with Medically Complex Conditions and Severe Burns , Elise M. Mueller

Supporting the Role of Professional Caregivers in Long-Term Care: Education, Training, and Caregiver Mental Health interventions that Promote Dementia Care Excellence , Katelyn A. Nelson

Application of Ergonomics in Healthcare through Environmental Adaptations , Johnny Nguyen

OT Entrepreneurship: Perceived Challenges & Resources , Gunnar Daniel Olson

Occupational Therapy’s Role in The Holistic Management of Chronic Pain , Megan K. Rodahl

The Aquatic Environment as a Tool for Facilitating Sensory Processing and Regulation , Christian Schneider

Promoting Engagement in a School Setting , Jordyn M. Sippel

Promoting Inclusive Play and Social Skills Development in Sioux Falls and Harrisburg, South Dakota , Madison C. Snelling

Incorporating Trust-Based Relational Intervention in Occupational Therapy to Address Mental Health Needs of Elementary Students , Maci K. Stouffer

Occupational Therapy Education to Support Families Affected by Huntington's Disease and Their Care Team , Morgan R. Weber

Rehabilitation Through Reintegration: Supporting Survivors of Stroke , Alexander T. Wiemann

Capstone Presentations from 2021 2021

Occupational Therapists’ Role in Supporting Students with Reading Disabilities , Tania Alexander

Advanced Practice in Aquatic Therapy: Exploring Occupational Therapy in an Aquatic Environment , Brenna K. Barash

An Occupation-Based Program for Fostering Healthy Life Skills among Youth in the Juvenile System , Shelby E. Beckman

Virtual Reality and Its Impact as an Intervention on Meaningful Occupations for Individuals with Mental Health Diagnoses , Alison S. Benson

Bathrooms, Incontinence, and Withholding OH MY: Occupational Therapy’s Role in Pediatric Constipation Management , Erin J. Buse

Complex Conditions of the Hand: A Resource for Rural Therapists , Jay D. Cooper

Exploring Dance-Based Occupational Therapy Interventions Among Children and Adolescents with Disabilities and Special Needs , Amy J. Davis

Exploring Occupational Therapy with Athletes Using Principles of Lifestyle Redesign® to Support Academic Success and Life Balance. , Michaela M. Dendinger

An Occupational Therapy Program to Enhance Academic Performance Among Children in the School System Using American Sign Language , Amy N. Dragoo

Creating Inclusive Classroom Environments Through Education and Coaching , Leah Hagen

Promoting Social and Emotional Development in Preschool Children through TBRI® Nurture Group© , Sydney P. Harris

Musculoskeletal Conditions and Performance Anxiety Among Musicians: An Occupational Therapy Approach , Vitoria Heier

Improving Quality of Life among Individuals with Neurocognitive Disorders using Occupational Therapy and a Sensory Integration Approach , MaKenzie K. Johnson

Supporting Caregivers and Survivors of Stroke in their Journey through Stroke Recovery via Telehealth Services , Keri Kamphoff

Developing Skills Utilizing Assistive Technology in Occupational Therapy: From Entry-Level to Tech-Savvy , Konner W. Kielman

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hand Therapy and Application of the Occupational Adaptation Model , Noah R. Kottke

Complementary and Integrative Approaches for Occupational Therapy Practitioners: An Educational Experience , Wanda Kay Lauer

Advocating for the Field of Occupational Therapy in a Childcare Setting , Nicole K. Leinhart

Empowering Occupational Therapy Practitioners through Virtual Education on Seating and Wheeled Mobility , Jane A. Loscheider

Supporting the Holistic Treatment of Adults with Upper Extremity Injuries: Bridging the Gap Between the Clinic and Classroom , Stephanie W. McClung

Refocusing on Fine Motor: Increasing Accessibility to Fine Motor Resources in a Virtual World , Robin R. McLey

Governor Gains: A Remote Program Connecting Home and School , Madison L. Michels

Theory to Practice: The Role of Occupational Therapy in Enhancing the Well-Being of Individuals in Critical Care , Rachel D. Murphy

Occupational Therapy Services for Sheltered Individuals Experiencing Homelessness , Ariana Oorlog

Community-Based Occupational Therapy: Promoting Family Centered Care , Erin L. Pilkerton

The Effectiveness of VITA4Vets on Improving Job Interview Confidence and Competence While Reducing Anxiety Among Veterans , Jenae K. Schneider

Role of Occupational Therapy in the NICU and Post-NICU Settings , Katlyn M. Schochenmaier

Preparing Adolescent Immigrants Transition to Their New Environment: Addressing Mental Health and Occupational Participation , Reina I. Sebastian

Caregiver Perceptions of Environmental Modifications for Sensory Processing , Jaimie Lynn Smith

Effectiveness of the Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder , Taylor M. Tschetter

Service-learning and case-based learning’s impact on student’s clinical reasoning : A repeated measures design study , Gordon B. Tsubira

Promoting Caregiver Competency to Support Children with Experiences of Adversity Through Occupational Therapy Education , Dana L. Vandenberg

The Benefits of Utilizing a Sensory Room in a Pediatric Outpatient Setting , MacKenzie L. Wand

Occupational Participation, Performance, and Satisfaction in Survivors of Human Trafficking , Rebecca M. Wangberg

Perceptions of Spirituality Among Occupational Therapy Practitioners: An Exploratory Study of End-of-life Care , Charles Ralph Webb

Exploring Occupational Therapy's Role in Tourism and the Experience of Traveling with a Disability , Kendel N. Wheat

Capstone Presentations from 2020 2020

Exploring Occupational Therapy’s Role in Concussion Management to Promote Occupational Performance , Nevin Andreas

Supporting Youth of All Abilities in a Childcare Setting , Erica Beare

Developing a Group Occupational Therapy Program for Adults Experiencing Homelessness , Jenny Dobias

Occupational Therapy in Oncology Care: Experiences with the Pediatric and Adult Populations , Jillian Estes

Adapted Air-Rifle Shooting: The Role of OT in Developing a Community-Based Program , Andy Farriell

Improving Access to Occupational Therapy through Integration into Pediatric Primary Care , Kelsey Foxhoven

Living Large in Daily Life: LSVT BIG Made Meaningful , Alex Greger

Occupational Therapy's Role in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation , Paige Groetken

Grand Pals: an Occupation-Based Intergenerational Program , Taylor Hanson

An Organization-Level Occupational Therapy Consultation Approach: Increasing Art Museum Access for Visitors with Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders , Paige Harpenau

The Role of Occupational Therapy in the Physical and Psychological Rehabilitation of Perinatal Mothers , Ashley Heine

An Occupational Therapy Life Skills Training Program to Help At-Risk Youth Transition Successfully into Adult Life , Kara Honius

Mighty Minds: a Life Skills Program for Children with Experiences of Trauma , Tori Nelson

MAMASTE: Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy in Maternal Health with an Occupation-Based Yoga Program , Sara O'Connor

Leadership is the Way: Teaching and Scholarship in Transition Services , Ben Olson

Horsin' Around: a Hippotherapy Approach to Occupational Therapy Intervention , Mallary Paitz

A Trauma-Informed Practice Protocol for Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioners , Jessica Reishus

Promoting Healthy Sexuality across the Domain of Occupational Therapy , Wade Robinson

Exploring Occupational Therapy Advocacy , Kara Shroll Blue

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Public Space Design and Accessibility , Jenny Welu

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The scoop on an ILOTA Intern’s Capstone Projects: Ari’s Perspective

Hello, leaders of the world! My name is Ariana S. Carrillo-Ortega, and I am a third-year student at Midwestern University. I am currently completing my capstone with the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (ILOTA) under the mentorship of John Dudzik, Beverly Menninger, and Anne Kiraly-Alvarez. I am most excited to understand the different roles within the organization and contribute to new and existing efforts. My capstone interests primarily include student leadership capacity, student engagement, and J.E.D.I (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion) efforts within the professional organization.

A little bit about me is that I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, and raised in Illinois, where I am still heavily immersed in Mexican customs and traditions. Growing up, my parents were activists for the immigration community and frequently took my sisters and I out of school to attend friendly protests for immigration reform.  This invitation to attend protests taught me to look beyond my immediate issues and instead pay attention to the societal issues in the community at large. I will always remember all the brave and courageous individuals who shared their stories and created a safe space for immigrants. I felt inspired by the activist's ability to make people feel seen, provide a vessel for minority voices, and, most importantly, demand basic human rights. I attribute a lot of my beliefs and values to growing up in this type of environment. It has allowed me to see all individuals as valuable members of our community regardless of abilities, healthcare needs, citizenship status, race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexuality, etc. Apart from advocating for my community, some of my favorite occupations include spending time with family, soccer, hiking, crafting, and completing puzzles. My primary interests related to the field of occupational therapy (OT)  involve working with individuals with neurological conditions and academia.

Before I talk about the inspiration for my capstone, I wanted to provide a foundation for what capstone entails. According to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), the occupational therapy capstone is an integral part of doctoral occupational therapy programs. The doctoral capstone begins after the student has completed their didactic coursework and level II fieldwork rotations. The doctoral capstone has two components, including the capstone project and capstone experience. The goal of the doctoral capstone is for students to develop an in-depth knowledge of clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development  (2022). One of the advantages of completing a capstone is that each student can individualize the project over the course of the 14-week experience under the guidance of an expert mentor.

On the contrary, there are so many exciting facets of the occupational therapy profession that it can be challenging to narrow down one topic to focus on! Thus, the inspiration for my capstone project really goes back to my upbringing and the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) 2025 vision. The vision states, "As an inclusive profession, occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living." (AOTA, 2018). In addition to this statement, five guideposts are outlined in an effort to guide and achieve this goal for various stakeholders. The five guideposts include the following;  (1) Effective, (2) Leaders, (3) Collaborative, (4) Accessible, and (5) Equity, inclusion, and diversity. As students, sometimes it can feel overwhelming to live up to this, or for that matter, contribute to the AOTA vision. I ask myself and others, Why do we feel like this ? Most of the time, I get responses like “ I am JUST a student .” This raises the question, where is this notion coming from? Are there unspoken rules (i.e., Leadership begins after graduation, I need years under my belt, I need permission to lead)?  Can students contribute to the vision of 2025? What is the message state and national organizations are conveying to students, and how are professional organizations assisting students and the future of this profession?

Another reason I have chosen to focus on the student population is because students are the second largest group that makes up the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association. Therefore, I want to ensure student voices and inputs are represented when professional organizations create conferences, webinars, and resources. I believe the true value in joining a professional organization lies when the organization continues to strive to meet the needs of its members. Although ILOTA currently offers opportunities and resources for students, I’d like to explore options to capitalize on the needs of students so that student members maximize their membership benefits and feel supported in the role of a student.

At this time, the capstone project is still under construction. Thus far, I have developed a survey and have disseminated it to all occupational therapy (OT) and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) students in the state of Illinois. The aim of the survey was to capture the students’ voices and input related to perspectives on leadership and engagement with ILOTA. The student input is extremely valuable for developing this project by ensuring the project vehicle is well-informed and created by students for students. The next steps are to analyze the data, present the information, and choose the most appropriate vehicle for this project to meet the needs of the students. With the preliminary data I have begun to review, the data (student input) has derived three possible projects. I am very excited to share the results of the survey! I think the survey results shed light on how students are modernizing leadership and provide insights into some of the barriers and supports fueling leadership.

A typical day for me consists of compiling resources, including searching the literature on student leadership, leadership theories, and member engagement within professional organizations. The majority of my time is spent analyzing data I have collected from students in the state of Illinois and creating a platform to disseminate the information!  In addition, I frequently listen to podcasts related to occupational therapy and leadership. I really enjoy reading all the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectures because it reignites my passion for the profession. It’s also beautiful to see how leadership is progressing and is an ever-evolving process. I am currently reading two books called “Expansive Impact: An Invitation to Lead in Everyday Moments” by Sarah M. Young and “The Student Leadership Challenge” by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. The books are excellent reads, and I have definitely resonated with some of the struggles both books highlight related to leadership. It’s been eye-opening to know I am not the only one who feels this way, and the preliminary student survey results are also congruent. Overall, my ideologies of leadership continue to transform as I continue to explore resources. With that said, I want to share the eloquent words of Elliese Judge. "You don't have to be a superstar or an overachiever to lead; you just need to care about something and do something about it. It doesn't have to be big, just do something. Every great change starts small. You just need to take that first step, not because you necessarily have the authority or responsibility, but because you care." Last, I attend monthly meetings and have joined a few committees.

I have recently joined the Student Conclave Committee and re-joined the Conference Committee. I have enjoyed getting to know other practitioners and students through joining communities, contributing to different efforts, and, most importantly, learning new skills through various roles. Joining these committees has given me an overwhelming appreciation for ILOTA volunteer members and leaders who continue to share their knowledge and donate their time to make events and resources available. Without the volunteer members, the organization and profession would not be the same.  On the Student Conclave Committee, my responsibilities include seeking out presenters and finding new experiences for students! In the Conference Committee last year, I served as the raffle coordinator. However, this year I would love to take on a different role to expand my toolbox further. I am also looking to start a dedicated Student Committee that has been in the works for a while with Dr. Kiraly-Alvarez, Dr. Erin Suchy, and current E-OTD student Jocelyn Tam. More details to come soon!

Through the internship experience, joining various committees, and attending SIS meetings, I have learned that there are many opportunities within ILOTA for students to get involved and membership benefits for students to explore! I have begun to take advantage of the free educational webinars ILOTA offers, access resources related to current practice issues in IL, doctoral capstone resources, networking opportunities, and other discounted conferences.

Overall, I am excited to see where my capstone project goes! I have been fortunate enough to have an incredible group of mentors that continue to believe in my efforts, are incredibly passionate, and provide guidance. I have also been fortunate to rely on Claudia Maloberti, another capstone student, during my time with ILOTA. We have a great dynamic and bring out the best in each other. I can’t wait to continue to be a part of ILOTA beyond capstone. My biggest takeaway from this experience has been that leadership and engagement within a professional organization doesn’t have to start after you graduate or after a few years under your belt.  It starts now! If you are passionate about a topic or are seeking change in any capacity, please consider using ILOTA as a resource. You’d be amazed how many individuals share similar passions. Sometimes achieving change is easier when you have a village behind you. Lastly, my advice to other students is to consider ILOTA as a future capstone site, as the work has only begun with us. We hope that by sharing our experience, students are open to the idea of entering into non-traditional areas for capstone and conquering the “ I am JUST a student ” feeling. Your voice is powerful, and it matters too! 

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The scoop on an ILOTA Intern’s Capstone Projects: Claudia’s Perspective

Hi everyone! My name is Claudia Maloberti, and I am a third-year student at Huntington University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am completing my capstone experience with the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association. My mentors are Anne Kiraly-Alvarez and Jeanne Sowers. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with ILOTA’s mentor/mentee program and excited for the kick-off very soon! My capstone interests include promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in occupational therapy and ways to promote the profession.

I am originally from the Chicagoland area & decided to attend OT school out of state to develop connections outside my community. Prior to occupational therapy school, I attended Triton College, then transferred to The University of Illinois at Chicago, where I obtained my bachelor’s in rehabilitation sciences. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, travel, cook, and work my part-time job. I am the business manager for a landscaping business and was able to manage working and school throughout my didactic courses and fieldwork!

The inspiration for my capstone project stems from my undergraduate experience. Not enough information was available to students to help them pursue a career in occupational therapy. I did not develop a comprehensive understanding of what occupational therapy entails as a career until my senior year at UIC when I took an introduction to occupational therapy course. While the course was great, if it were offered to students earlier in their careers, students would have access to better resources to apply to an OT/OTA program successfully. Creating free resources available to any student increases access to the field to apply to programs.

I also wanted to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in occupational therapy, as current clinicians do not have enough diversity. To better serve our communities and clients, we must shift the field to recruit and retain practitioners of diverse backgrounds. I am passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives because we must create equitable and inclusive environments for everyone. Occupational therapy practitioners advocate for occupational justice for their clients to have equal opportunities and experiences to reach their full potential. You do not have to wait until you are a practitioner to advocate to change the field of OT to advocate for DEI principles; students’ voices can also be a force for change.

Currently, we are almost at the halfway mark for our capstone experience! My capstone project’s focus is creating educational resources for the mentor/mentee program. I have created an outline with resources to guide my curriculum development. I wanted to ensure I created educational content aligned with current curriculum standards and objectives. I created and disseminated a qualitative research survey through ILOTA for current OT/OTA students to gain more information about their experience applying to OT/OTA programs. I currently have two of four modules completed for the mentor/mentee program & I am super excited for the pre-OT/OTA students to use the information for their educational journeys. My next steps are to create an in-service presentation for students at my university about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in OT/OTA school curriculums, create a leadership resource for students, and complete the AOTA DEI Toolkit.

A typical day for me is pretty busy. I am creating curriculum modules that require an extensive amount of research to find information that is appropriate for pre-OT students to know before applying to OT school. Each module contains a pre-test, a PowerPoint presentation, a variety of activities, and a post-test. I also meet with my mentors on a weekly basis to discuss progress and receive feedback on the resources I have completed so far.

I am on the community outreach committee and the mentor/mentee subcommittee. I enjoy attending committee meetings and getting to know practitioners in the area. I also have the opportunity to attend executive board meetings during my time as an intern at ILOTA. I hope to one day hold a board position, so it is great to see firsthand the roles and responsibilities each board member holds.

Through ILOTA membership, I can attend various meetings and network with other students and current OTPs. The student conclave is coming up, and I am excited to network with other students and clinicians, learn about job opportunities after graduation, and obtain additional information about taking the NBCOT. 

I am super grateful for the opportunity to work with ILOTA for my capstone project. My mentors and members of ILOTA have been very supportive of the initiatives I want to accomplish & are always willing to help when needed. I am also thankful for the opportunity to work with Ariana S. Carrillo-Ortega throughout the capstone experience. We work super well together & consistently support one another! It is awesome to have another student passionate about bringing about change in the field of OT to work with! My biggest takeaway from the capstone experience is to create your project around your passions. I look forward to working on my project every day because I am passionate about incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives into the current OT curriculum & recruitment strategies for the field. My advice to future capstone students would be to consider working with ILOTA because every member is passionate about uplifting and advocating for occupational therapy practitioners and students!

If you are interested in working with ILOTA for your capstone project, my suggestion would be to research what initiatives they are currently working on. On the ILOTA website, you are able to research current committees and special interest sections. If there is a committee that aligns with your interests, join and attend a few meetings. You could network with current clinicians and other students and reach out to them and discuss your ideas for a capstone project!

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. (2022). 2018 accreditation council for occupational therapy education (ACOTE) standards and interpretive guide: August 2022 interpretive guide version. https://acoteonline.org/accreditation-explained/standards/  

American Occupational Therapy Association. (2018). AOTA’s Centennial Vision and executive summary. American Journal of Occupational Therapy . https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.61.6.613

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The long path of research works ahead, and you can’t find any capstone project ideas that would be interesting and innovative? The task can seem even more challenging for you to feel all the responsibility of this first step. The top 150 capstone ideas presented below aim to make a choice not so effort-consuming.

With the list of the capstone project topics we've picked for you, you'll be covered in major subjects. Continue reading, and you'll get ideas for capstone projects in information technology, nursing, psychology, marketing, management, and more.

What is a Capstone Project?

Educational institutions use the capstone project to evaluate your understanding of the course on various parameters. For the students, the work on the project gives an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their presentation, problem-solving and soft skills. Capstone projects are normally used in the curriculum of colleges and schools. Also called a senior exhibition or a culminating project, these assignments are given to finish the academic course.

This assignment has several different objectives, among which are the following:

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The Occupational Therapy (OT) Capstone is the integration of three OT courses:

OT 995 or OT 997 is the final course in this series; the student team chooses which course they wish to take. This is required of all students in the final semesters of their academic preparation. At the end of this process the student completes an oral comprehensive presentation to the faculty and has successfully completed the five required chapters of their project approved and prepared for binding and placement in the SMHS Library.

The final capstone course is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have achieved the goals for learning established by their educational institution and major department. Regardless of which course the student chooses, each course is designed to assess the student's ability to integrate learning from the courses in the major and prior academic experiences. Each course requires the application of that learning to a project which serves as an instrument of evaluation.

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The capstone is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students completing the occupational therapy program at the University of Central Arkansas. Capstone projects are designed to encourage students to think critically and solve challenging problems. These student-led projects include activities such as conducting novel research, program development, advanced clinical practice, education, advocacy and much more.

Occupational therapy students who have completed the program at the University of Central Arkansas have left their mark across the state of Arkansas, the United States and around the globe. These capstone projects are yet another example of why we say at UCA: Go here . Go Anywhere .

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To explore all of the places where UCA OTD students are leaving their mark, click on the link below. Each capstone project will be represented by a pin on the map and identifies the name of the student, his or her graduating cohort, along with the project title of the completed capstone project. Prospective students to the program are encouraged to investigate previously completed capstone projects and generate ideas on how they might leave their mark .

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Students enrolled in the program can find all information related to the capstone in the University of Central Arkansas Doctoral Capstone Manual by accessing the link below. The document includes an introduction to the capstone project, description of capstone committee members, capstone course descriptions and timeline of the project. Additionally, the manual serves as a resource for policies related to the capstone as well as copies of forms required to complete the project.

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We are very excited to announce a brand new feature for members of the OT Potential Club : The OTD Capstone Catalog!

As part of an occupational therapy doctoral program in the United States, doctoral students spend 560 hours working on a capstone project.

The purpose of a capstone project is to help students take a deep dive into an area of OT, synthesize the information, and then disseminate their findings. These projects have the potential to help OT professionals all over the world improve our clinical practices.

But, until now, it’s been difficult to find and read these projects!

With our new capstone directory, OT professionals from around the globe can easily see the latest capstone projects from graduating OTD students. Likewise, other doctoral students can see examples of past projects, to help them generate ideas.

And, our favorite part is that students and working professionals can interact about the project!

Here’s what the Catalog looks like:

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Here is a list of the current capstone topics in the Club:

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You worked hard on your capstone! That’s why we are excited to run this 2022 contest for the catalog:

The capstone project with the most comments on Dec. 31st, will win $500 !

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If you are interested in sharing your capstone with members of the OT Potential Club, here is all you have to do:

1.) Sign up for a student membership to the OT Potential Club .

2.) Submit the following information:

These are meant to be short and sweet, so only 1-2 sentences for each bullet point is encouraged.

Here’s an example of how the submission looks:

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The other perk of being part of the OT Potential Club is our incredible network of OTs from around the globe . On our OT directory, some members have indicated interest in serving as a mentor in particular subject areas. You can see these professionals below.

At OT Potential, our mission is to help the majority of occupational therapy practitioners from around the globe make a habit of regularly exploring new OT-related research. So, participating in the dissemination of capstone projects has been a natural fit for us. We hope you find it to be a win-win for both students and working practitioners.

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Culminating Project in Program Development: Resources for Occupational Engagement for Families and Educators of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Catherine Lane , Nova Southeastern University Follow

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Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program Capstone Presentations

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) capstone project and formal presentation is the final milestone in the doctoral candidate's curriculum. The formal presentation to academic and clinical communities showcases the culmination of an individual capstone project and experience completed by each doctoral candidate that is suitable for dissemination upon graduation.

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Submissions from 2022 2022

Empowering Individuals with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: Designing Assistive Devices via an Embedded Interdisciplinary Education Program Between Occupational Therapy and Industrial Design , Kyndra Adams; Andrew Berger; Kimberly S. Mollo, BFA, OTD, OTR/L; Tod Corlett, MID, IDSA; and Eric Schneider, BFA, MS IDSA, RSA

Outcomes of the NuroSleeve and Occupational Therapy on Upper Extremity Function of an Individual with Chronic Stroke: A Case Report , Jeremy P. Armstrong

Engaging Stakeholders as Advisors on the Design of a Large-Scale Calibration Study of the Spinal Cord Injury Movement Index (SCI-MI) Item Pools. , Olivia M. Biller and M J Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L, FASIA

SENSE-able teams: Interdisciplinary perceptions of supports and barriers to implementing sensory-based interventions in early intervention classrooms , Margaret Booth; Kathleen Carr; Alex Logue, OTD, OTR/L; and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

Autism-Friendly Vision Exams: An Adapted, Evidence-Informed Manual to Support Individualized Sensory Interventions in Vision Centers , Rachel Boyer and Roseann Schaaf, Phd,OTR/L/FAOTA

Reshaping Perspectives: Exploring Occupational Therapy's Role in Servicing Individuals from Historically Marginalized Groups and Environments , Iris W. Burns; Adair Sanchez; and Tina M. DeAngelis, EdD, MS, OTR/L

Refinement of a Bucket of Spinal Cord Injury Movement Index (SCI-MI) Items for Administration Acutely After Spinal Cord Injury , Martha K. Childress and M J Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L, FASIA

Examining the Feasibility of Incorporating the Virtual Dementia Tour into Healthcare Education , Sarah Dever and E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L FAOTA

OT student Perspectives: Exploring factors contributing to success , Chelsea E. Fagan; Madeline Humphries; and Rebecca Sinko, MS, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

Addressing Loneliness and Chronic Disease Management in Older adults: Piloting the Liberating Loneliness Program in Primary Care , Bethany Lin and Tracey Vause Earland, PhD, OTR/L,FNAP

Supporting Autistic Individuals in Healthcare: Development and Implementation of Evidence-Based Trainings on Sensory Needs , Danielle Lynn and Roseann Schaaf, Phd,OTR/L/FAOTA

Evaluating Progress: Perceptions and Assessments in an Intensive Pain Rehabilitation Program , Hal Martin; Miranda Powers; and Allison Giannone, OTD, OTR/L

From Seeds to Roses: Cultivating OT Practice Though a Coaching Approach , Katherine Sailor; Natalie Coronado; and Marie-Christine Potvin, PhD, OTR/L

Making Space for Occupational Therapy in Collaborative Mental Health Care , Anabelle Scalora; Sam Sutton; and Tina M. DeAngelis, EdD, MS, OTR/L

Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities/Downs Syndrome and Dementia: A Resource Program , Sydney Smith and E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Occupational Therapy's Role in Serious Mental Illness , Sam Sutton, Anabelle Scalora, and Tina DeAngelis

Supporting Caregivers of Older Adults Managing Chronic Conditions Using an Occupational Therapy Approach , Sarah Yemane, Ed.M and Tracey Vause Earland, PhD, OTR/L, FNAP

Submissions from 2021 2021

Redefining Sensory Preferences: Outcomes from a Pilot Design Collaboration for Individuals Living with Intellectual Disabilities to Promote Access, Awareness, and Acceptance in the Community through the Community Sensory Profile (CSP) , Christopher Acquafredda; Kimberly S. Mollo, OTD; Elizabeth Shirrell, MFA; Sarah McNabb, MEd, OTD; Michael Barrett, OTD; and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD

Breaking Barriers: The Role of Occupational Therapy for Individuals Who Are/Have Been Unhoused , Alexa Arnold; Carly Black; and Tina DeAngelis, EdD

Spinal Cord Injury Movement Index (SCI-MI):Development of an Item Pool Amenable to Administration Early after Spinal Cord Injury , Hannah Dalton and M J Mulcahey, PhD

Neuroplastic changes as a result of coaching: A narrative review , Giulia Heydeman and M J Mulcahey, PhD

Cooking Up Skills for Independent Living: Promoting Engagement through Inclusive Design for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities , Cynthia Jih; Kimberly Mollo, OTD; Elizabeth Shirrell, MFA; Sarah McNabb, MEd, OTD; Michael Barrett, OTD; and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD

Understanding the Resettlement Experience of Newcomers in Philadelphia: Identification of Meaningful Daily Life Activities – Furthering Image Development and Item Tracking , Zoe Kress; Molly McKim, MA; and Stephen Kern, PhD

The Liberating Loneliness Program: An Evidence-Informed Protocol for Addressing Loneliness Among Older Adults in Primary Care , Alissa Laham and Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD

Exploring the Impact of Individualized Action Plans on Feelings of Loneliness and Self-Efficacy Among Older Adults in Primary Care , Mary Kate Lyons and Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD

“I could really use this”: Learning coaching in a non-traditional fieldwork setting , Alexis Morales; Erin West; and Marie-Christine Potvin, PhD

Designing a sensory friendly environment to enhance participation in healthcare for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder , Lady Rios-Vega; Roseann Schaaf, PhD; and Amy Carroll, OTD

Supports and opportunities for neurodiversity inclusive practices at Jefferson , Caitlin Rosica; Roseann Schaaf, PhD; and Amy Carroll, OTD

Usefulness of the NTG-EDSD: Evaluating the Validity of a Screening Tool for Dementia in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities , Margaret Ryan; Allison Tuso; and Adel Herge, OTD

Wellness Oriented Regulation Toolbox for a Healthier You (WORTHY): An Accessible Tool for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities with a foundation in Inclusive Design , Mishayla Smith; Kimberly Mollo, OTD; Elizabeth Shirrell, MFA; Sarah McNabb, MEd, OTD; Michael Barrett, OTD; and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD

WE-ROOT: Planting Seeds Together to Promote Social Participation and Physical Wellness in Youth with Psychosis , Caitlin Taylor; Sarah Zagorac; and Tina DeAngelis, EdD

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Spine Range of Motion Measurement Training Protocol: A Reliability Study , Madelyn Adams and M J Mulcahey, PhD

Health Coaching in Context for Caregivers of Youth with SCI: A Feasibility Study , Bernadette Alpajora and M J Mulcahey, PhD

Identifying, Implementing, and Measuring Knowledge Translation Strategies through Collaborative Industrial Design and Occupational Therapy Curricula , Michael Patrick Barrett; Sarah McNabb, MEd; and Kimberly Mollo, OTD

Barriers and Facilitators for Neurotechnologies Upper Limb Rehabilitation , Samantha Burke; Cecilia Pivarunas; and Namrata Grampurohit, PhD

Utilizing Occupational Therapy Programming to Improve Locus of Control and Employability of Young Adults Who Have Experienced Homelessness , Jennifer Doto; Sonny Misa; and Tina DeAngelis, EdD

Translating an Evidence-based Program for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia: Skills2Care®-Intellectual Disability , Jennifer Hsu and Adel Herge, OTD

What is Staff Perception on Barriers and Facilitators to Violence Free Living for Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse , Richard Jeffries and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD

Spinal Cord Injury Movement Index (SCI-MI): Fine Motor Domain , Rachel Y. Kim and M J Mulcahey, PhD

An Advanced Staff Training Program for Direct Support Providers Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia , Rebecca Langbein and Adel Herge, OTD

Team Teaching and Professional Development in Higher Education: Educator Perspectives , Courtney Mulligan; Haley Moshier; and Rebecca Sinko, OTD

Evaluating Caregiver Needs and the Feasibility of an Occupational Therapy Consultation Service to Caregivers of People with Dementia in a Geriatrics Ambulatory Clinic , Stefani Samuels and Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD

Students Perceptions of Occupational-Therapy Based Coaching in Post-Secondary Education , Gabriella Santos; Erin Harrington; and Marie-Christine Potvin, PhD

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Increasing Exercise in Older Adults: A Pilot Study , Tarun Sharma and Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD

Understanding the Resettlement Experience for Newcomers in Philadelphia: Identification of Meaningful Daily Life Activities , Liza Sherretta; Sarah Weinblatt; and Stephen Kern, PhD

Assessment of Fidelity to Health Coaching in Context , Taylor Sivori and M J Mulcahey, PhD

Compassion Fatigue and Job Satisfaction Among Domestic Violence Agency Staff , Gabrielle White and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD

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Our department facilitates meaningful research and a robust education for future occupational therapists through the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program and an occupational therapy pathway. With state-of-the-art facilities, a small student-to-faculty ratio, hands-on learning opportunities and more, the department prepares students to assist people in achieving their goals, maintaining or rebuilding their independence and participating in everyday activities. 

Welcome to the Department of Occupational Therapy

The field of occupational therapy helps individuals of all ages maximize independence in daily living so they can achieve their goals and do the things they want to do. Occupational therapists assess clients' needs, design personalized plans and services, introduce adaptive equipment as needed, and offer support as clients navigate a new environment adapted to their circumstances.

At USD, our faculty and students take a holistic, person-centered approach – one that considers the physical, psychological and social needs of clients and understands the importance of adapting the environment to fit the person. This foundation enables our students to enter the field of occupational therapy as compassionate professionals who are prepared to meet clients where they are at. At the same time, our students are gaining technical and practical expertise through hands-on learning experiences; our state-of-the-art facilities enable collaborative and simulated learning opportunities, and the fieldwork elements of our program provide students with real-world settings in which to apply their knowledge. These experiences are guided by expert faculty who understand the opportunities and demands of the profession and are there to support students every step of the way toward their careers as occupational therapists.

Join our community of listeners, experts and change-makers in the Department of Occupational Therapy at USD.

Meet the department.

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Marcia Harnois

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Rita Humphrey

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Whitney Lucas Molitor

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Jessica McHugh

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Recent news.

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Health Sciences Professor, Alumnus Participate in 437 Project for Suicide Awareness

A group of 12 runners, including a USD assistant professor of occupational therapy and an alumnus, will participate in a fundraising run across the State of South Dakota later this month to support mental health, specifically, suicide prevention.

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USD Day at the Capitol Cultivates Fundamental Connections

Health Sciences students forge relationships with legislators who serve South Dakotans.

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Maximizing Simulation and Team-Based Learning Experiences at USD

Picture this: A USD nursing student stands over a lifelike manikin that has an advanced computer system that simulates real-life conditions and reactions to medicine in the heart, lungs, stomach and more.

Known for Excellence

The usd occupational therapy program was one of the first 12 programs in the u.s. to offer the otd program., usd is home to the state's only comprehensive health sciences school and medical school., our students consistently achieve a 100% passage rate on the national board for certification in occupational therapy exam..

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USD's OTD program is fully accredited by the ACOTE of the AOTA.

Department opportunities & resources.

The capstone allows doctoral students to enhance skills in advanced clinical practice, scholarship, administration, leadership, advocacy, program and policy development, education or theory development. The field experience may occur in a traditional or non-traditional site, and the student is expected to perform beyond that of an entry-level occupational therapist. Some examples of previous projects by OT students include explorations of the role OT plays in pediatric cancer treatment, dance across the lifespan, visual training, understanding OT and parent education in the NICU, OT's role in pediatric cancer treatment, caring for the caregiver, working with survivors of human sex trafficking, and acute rehabilitation. Whatever your interest is, our faculty will work with you to find a direction that sparks your curiosity and helps develop your specialty.

Our students learn in real-world settings and serve their communities. Here are just a few of the experiences offered through our O.T.D. program: 

USD is home to more than 170 student organizations, including several that are housed in the Department of Occupational Therapy. You may be interested in creating projects and hosting outreach opportunities to make friends, developing new skills and exploring your interests.

Pi Theta Epsilon

Pi Theta Epsilon is a professional honor society for occupational therapy students. Through involvement in this organization, you can network with your peers, seek professional development opportunities and further your passion for occupational therapy.

Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

You have an opportunity to serve your local and regional communities through the Student Occupational Therapy Association. Students in this group get involved in after-school programs, food and school supply drives, activities at assisted/independent living facilities and highway cleanups.

Occupational therapy students learn from faculty who are experts in their fields. Check out the faculty-led research topics that have led to student collaborations and publications. 

Departments & Facilities

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Teaching and Research Laboratory

Located in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on USD's campus in Vermillion, the Teaching and Research Laboratory is a centralized location for occupational therapy, physical therapy, kinesiology and sport management, and sports medicine programs. There are collaborative spaces for the various programs, as well as state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and clinical spaces that facilitate hands-on learning.

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Learning and Leading Together

The Department of Occupational Therapy offers a high quality, rigorous education while prioritizing a welcoming and collaborative environment. Our small student-to-faculty ratio and our faculty's open-door policy enable a tight-knit community; our faculty work closely with students to help them achieve their goals, and our students enjoy a connected network of peers who care about each other's success. Our department is a place where research and practice take place alongside collaborative learning and growing.

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The Region's Leader in Health Care Education

USD is home to the only comprehensive health sciences school and medical school in the state. This advantage offers our students the unique opportunity to learn and train alongside peers in a variety of disciplines, equipping them with the collaborative experiences they need to be effective members of their future patients' care teams.

We are also proud to have strong relationships with the region's leading health care providers. These partnerships offer our students invaluable opportunities for developing professional connections, getting hands-on experiences and serving their communities early in their education.

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Practice in State-of-the-art Facilities

Outcomes and accreditation.

Students must graduate from an ACOTE-accredited program and successfully pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam in order to apply for state licensure and to practice as an occupational therapist.

For more information, visit the AOTA website or contact:

ACOTE 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200 North Bethesda, MD, 20852-4929 Phone: (301) 652-AOTA (2682) www.acoteonline.org

Certification & Credentialing

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the NBCOT. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a registered occupational therapist. Most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Occupational Therapy Outcomes

The USD OT Program was one of the first 12 programs in the nation to offer the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.). Our graduates have a 100% pass rate on the NBCOT Exam as outlined in the table below and on the NBCOT website .

Retention and Progression

*May include students who entered under different admission cycles.

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Capstone experience & project, one of the last steps in obtaining your nau occupational therapy degree.

During the final semester of the program, students complete a 14-week Capstone experience & project . The Capstone is an integral part of the program’s curriculum design which includes an in-depth learning experience that is designed to develop students into practice-scholars . Students begin the Capstone following successful completion of all coursework and both Level II Fieldwork rotations.

Students choose the focus of their Capstone

This student-driven capstone can be completed in a variety of settings and typically contains multiple focus areas such as:

Working with a mentor

One year prior to starting the Capstone , students contact potential mentors during the capstone planning course. A mentor is an individual who possesses the expertise in the student’s chosen focus area and does not have to be an occupational therapy practitioner. Mentoring a capstone student is a collaborative process where the mentor supports the student in achieving mutually agreed upon learning objectives and shared project goals. Capstone objectives and goals are unique to each student/mentor collaboration and are created during the planning process.

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This collection of [email protected] includes capstone projects submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree requirements at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences The collection currently contains doctoral capstones from the Occupational Therapy Program.

Capstone Papers from 2022 2022

The Role of OT in Adapted CrossFit , Emily Adams

Occupational Rights Workshops: Critical Reflection, Discussion, and Collaboration with Occupational Therapists , Michelle Arakaki

An Occupational Therapy Guidebook for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder , Cassidy B. Ardoin

Supporting the Transition Out of the Family Caregiver Role: An Occupation-Centered Approach , Whitney Wilbanks

Capstone Papers from 2021 2021

Stimming Expresses Empathy, not to be Masked or Persecuted: A Scoping Review and Case Study of the “Double-Empathy Problem” Solved by Recognizing the Autism Language , Kathryn Haas

Occupational Therapist’s Role in Addressing Transition Support Through Life Skills , Rupa Parikh

Qualitative Exploration of Mealtime Routines and Parental Stress of Children with Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Analysis of Occupational Performance , Andrea Patino

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Addressing Sexuality and Intimacy for Individuals with Progressive Neuromuscular Disorders , Lindsay N. Richards

Analysis Of Occupational Therapy’s Role to Promote Healthy Sleep Participation to Support Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder , Sophia N. Roman

Exploring Occupational Dysfunction and Occupational Performance for Youth in Homeless Shelters , Akio Ross

An Investigation of Occupational Therapy Utilizing Sensory Modulation to Manage Co-Morbid Chronic Pain and Substance Use in Order to Promote Occupational Performance and Recovery , Claire Ruth

Occupational Therapy in Youth Violence: An Occupation-Based Program for At-Risk Youth , Jasmine Shahin

An Occupation-Based Program to Promote Mental Health of At-Risk Youth in an After-Care Setting , Alexa Smith

Occupational Therapist Role in Post-Secondary Education Transition Program: Emphasis on Self-Advocacy Skills , Nikki K. Voorhees

Capstone Papers from 2020 2020

Perceived Impact of Non-contact Boxing on Daily Life and Occupational Participation at Home Among Individuals with Parkinson's Disease , Kristen E. Bignal

Exploring the Concurrent Validity of the Indoor Mobility Pre-driving Screen (IMPS): A Comparison of the IMPS and EF-Car Motion Driving Simulator. , Nicholas T. Bolen

Non-pharmaceutical Methods for Pain Management: An Occupational Therapist’s Perspective on Chronic Pain , Alison L. Brown

Exploring accessibility and social inclusion for children with hearing impairments in residential camps through the occupational therapy lens , Tiffany Coles

Benefits of Equine-Based Therapy for Individuals with Dementia , Lauren Fearn

Enhancing Engagement in Older Adults with Alzheimer's Disease at a Reminiscencce Therapy Adult Day Center , Kendra C. Gillio

Sensory Approach to Self-Regulation for Adolescent Survivors of Sex Trafficking: An Occupational Therapist's Perspective , Elyse Harmon

Exploring Occupational Disruption in Newly Diagnosed Individuals with Cancer with Minor (Dependent) Children , Riley S. Harrold

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Assisting with Community Reintegration for Survivors of Human Trafficking , Jane Jany Huynh

Understanding the Impact of Social Distancing on Older Adults and Senior Centers to Better Adapt Towards a New Normal , Salina Jivan

An Occupational Therapy Approach to Education for Foster Parents , Alexandra E. Judd

Occupational Therapy and Accessibility in the Outdoors and Summer Camps , David M. Lewis

Developing Educational Resources to Support the Use of the Hippotherapy Evaluation and Assessment Tool , Emily Peoples

Leadership Roles in the Field of Occupational Therapy , Christina Pitts

Occupational Therapy's Role in Pain Management using Virtual Reality , Johnathan Quach

Turning Everyday Activities into Play: Building Relationships and Fostering Connections for Adopted Children and Children in Foster Care , Marissa E. Siu

Mental Health in the School System: Providing Tools and Resources for Teachers , Hannah Skinner

The Role of Occupational Therapy for Homeless Women and Women At-Risk of Homelessness , Kelcey Storkersen

Improving Awareness and Access to Adaptive Sports , Alison S. Takagaki

Occupational Therapy's Role in Adapting Residential Youth Camps for Increased Inclusion , Brittany Tate

Occupational Therapy's Role in Matching Handlers and Assistance Dogs with Occupational Needs , Jyoti K. Tatla

Animal-Assisted Therapy and Quality of Life in Patients with Dementia , Karissa D. Thomson

Occupational Therapy Student Pro Bono Clinic: Creating a Sustainable Model , Shane Tong

Occupational Therapy's Role in the Transition to Employment for Youth and Young Adults , Jeanne M. Ventura

Supporting The Role And Transition To Motherhood Through The Occupation Of Feeding , BethAnne N. Vidmar

Inclusion in Religion and Spirituality for Children with Special Needs , MacKinzie C. Weiss

Capstone Papers from 2019 2019

Development of a Financial Literacy Component for a Comprehensive Secondary Transition Program for Diploma-bound Students with Learning Differences , Rose Marie Borillo

Occupational Therapy's Role in Maternal Mental Health within Transition from NICU to Home , Victoria Briltz

Perspectives of Occupational Therapy Practitioners on Benefits and Barriers on Providing Occupational Therapy Services via Telehealth , Taylor Corey

Identifying Occupational Therapy Role for Individuals in Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Programs , Tyler Cruz

Increasing Social Participation in Senior Center Through Program Development , Diana Dinh

Caregiver Perspectives on Telehealth: A Service Delivery for Occupational Therapy , Rebecca Johnston

Assessing Workplace Wellness for the Occupation of Hairdressing , Alex Kim

Enhancing Quality of Life of People With Visual Impairments Through Aesthetic Techniques , Christia M. Labro

The Role of Occupational Therapy for Survivors of Human Trafficking , Margaux Mariano

Promoting Productive Aging among Low-Income Older Adults , Sarah Matsuoka

Lifestyle Management for Vestibular Disorders , Michelle Pock

Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy in Primary Care , Tina Rosselli

Identifying Opportunities for the Role of Occupational Therapy in a Correctional Setting , Maxwell Sand

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