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OTD '21 Student Advanced Doctoral Experiences

The Advanced Doctoral Experience (ADE) is an in-depth, full-time (14-weeks/560 hours minimum) experience in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice, research, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development. Evaluation of individualized objectives occurs under the supervision of a mentor with expertise in one of the above areas. 

Students work with assigned mentors on- or off-site, interact with leaders, organizations, and populations to address the occupational needs of persons with or at risk of developing chronic disease or disability.  Doctoral experiences relate theory to practice and students demonstrate competence in evaluation, assessment, analysis and/or research procedures used at the site, and function as scholars to advance the practice of occupational therapy through the dissemination of their work. The following includes the Doctoral Capstone Projects and faculty advisors for the 2021 Class.  Students present their work at the OT Department Scholarship Day and many go on to present at local, national, and international conferences in the field of OT, education, and rehabilitation sciences.

Children & Youth

A critical evaluation of participation assessments for children aged 0 to 6: A systematic review 
Kyndel Guyton (mentor, Dr. Rawan Alheresh)

The effects of sensory-enhanced yoga on self-regulation in at-risk youth: A pilot study of efficacy and feasibility 
Alexandra Haney (mentor, Dr. Emily Eddy)

Exploring parent perceptions of social skills in children with social skills difficulties 
Courtney Brennan (mentor, Dr. Emily Eddy)

One of a mind: A mindfulness program for hospitalized children 
Samantha Abate (mentor, Dr. Emily Eddy)

Parents’ Perspectives of Parent-Mediated Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services
Allison Klowan (mentor, Dr. Mary Beth Kadlec)

The Development of the Occupational Performance Coding System (OPCS) applied during occupational therapy treatment in an outpatient clinic for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their caregivers
Daniele Ehrlich & Maya Shaanan (mentor, Dr. Mary Beth Kadlec)

Diversity & Inclusion

Barriers and facilitators for inclusive education in western Africa
Alyssa Regina (mentor, Dr. Diane Smith)

The impact of income on the physical accessibility of parks for urban-dwelling older adults
Caite O’Brien (mentor, Dr. Diane Smith)

Utilizing an Occupational Therapy Model to Identify the Barriers and Supports impacting Students with Disabilities in Architecture Education.
Emily Gomez (mentor, Dr. Diane Smith)

Access to health care for minority populations during pandemics: An OT’s role
Kim Ames (mentor, Dr. Diane Smith)

The barriers and facilitators to online learning for children with hearing and visual impairments
Ariana Bader (mentor, Dr. Diane Smith)

Increasing racial and ethnic diversity within occupational therapy education: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education standards.
Kasey Brown (mentor, Dr. Kim Schoessow)

Education & Curricula

Occupational therapy identity:  The impact of narrative-based pedagogy on students
Rachel Rubin (mentor, Midge Hobbs)

Occupational therapy level 2 fieldwork students’ utilization of evidence-based practice to promote client-centered care
Vivian Phan (mentor, Dr. Mary Evenson)

The state of ethics education in entry level occupational therapy curricula: A review of US programs
Christine Jeong (mentor, Dr. Regina Doherty)

Educating families on sensory integration: A systematic review
Lindsay Ferrieri (mentor, Dr. Amanda Mack)

School-based professionals' perceptions of student attention and participation; An exploratory study amidst COVID-19
Jackie Paquin (mentor, Dr. Emily Eddy)

Developing an educational video series to explore stroke interventions: A theory-based approach
Tina Lai (mentor, Dr. Susan Fasoli)

Mental Health & Cognition

Exploring perceived stress & self-compassion in caregivers of children with chronic conditions
Emily Handley (mentor, Dr. Emily Eddy)

Disparities in participation after TBI
Jenna Szostak (mentor, Dr. Kimberly Erler)

Revisiting criteria for emergence from the minimally conscious state
Katie Golden (mentor, Dr. Kimberly Erler)

Moral resilience in occupational therapy: Definitions, supportive strategies, and future directions.
Davide Trinkley (mentor, Dr. Regina Doherty)

Examining the relationship between race/ethnicity and depression in older adults with low vision
Anna Do (mentor, Dr. Kim Schoessow)

Barriers to occupational therapy practice in a behavioral health setting
Amanda Downey (mentor, Dr. Diane Smith)

Physical Dysfunction

Examining factors associated with social participation during the chronic phase of stroke: A pilot analysis
Nikki Lam (mentor, Dr. Kimberly Erler)

Battleground to Breaking Ground's impact on veterans' employment in agriculture.
Faye McGuire (mentor, Dr. Mary Hildebrand)

Occupational Therapy Within an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program: Addressing Occupational Gaps in People with Aphasia
Migena Guhacaj (mentor, Dr. Mary Hildebrand)

The long-term effects of mirror therapy on upper extremity use and function in persons with post stroke hemiparesis
Sara Corning (mentor, Dr. Mary Hildebrand)

Effectiveness of ergonomic interventions on work activity limitations in adults with rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review
Heather Jones (mentor, Dr. Rawan Alheresh)

Post-stroke participation: Relative impacts of executive functioning, mental health, and social support
Corinne Ianni (mentor, Dr. Lisa Connor)

Self-perceived ADL/IADL function is influenced by stroke severity, aphasia, and anxiety
Ashley Juniper (mentor, Dr. Lisa Connor)

Technology & Innovation

The combined effects of robot-assisted therapy and task-oriented training on functional performance after stroke
John Paul Bonadonna (mentor, Dr. Susan Fasoli)

Providing mainstream smart home technologies as assistive technology for persons with disabilities: Current trends and needs
Kristin Messina (mentor, Dr. Andrea Fairman/Dr. Susan Fasoli)

Robot-assisted therapy and cognitive strategy training to improve upper limb function in children with hemiparesis: A case study
Natasha Shah (mentor, Dr. Susan Fasoli)

Identifying factors that influence adherence to client-centered home programs through semi-structured interviews
Kate Shaughnessy (mentor, Dr. Susan Fasoli)

An innovative approach to dissemination: Developing a podcast on social participation after neurological injury
Eliza du Pont (mentor, Dr. Kimberly Erler)

Development and process evaluation of a pilot support group for new mothers and infants
Margaret Rowold (mentor, Dr. Amanda Mack)

Telehealth Practice

An international interprofessional tele-mentorship program: A mixed-methods study to examine the perceived impact on clinical practice
Kelsey Sullivan (mentor, Dr. Amanda Mack)

Telerehabilitation in low-to-middle income countries: A scoping review
Alicia Ferraro (mentor, Dr. Rawan Alheresh)

Usage and effectiveness of telehealth in occupational therapy: A systematic review
Emily Idemoto (mentor, Dr. Rawan Alheresh)

Experiences of occupational therapists using telehealth to continue to treat patients with low vision during the COVID-19 pandemic
Amy Lamont (mentor, Dr. Kim Schoessow)

Development of telehealth mirror therapy program
Jonathan Kabshura (mentor, Dr. Mary Hildebrand)

Moving Forward After Stroke: A telehealth program protocol to address psychological symptoms in persons post stroke
Rachel Ciccarello (mentor, Dr. Mary Hildebrand)