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.

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Submissions from 2017

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SENSORY-BASED GROUP TREATMENT IN REDUCING PHYSICALLY ACTING-OUT BEHAVIORS AND PERCEIVED LEVELS OF DISTRESS, Tiffany Barnette

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

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Sensory-Based Services in Adult Mental Health, Leslie Reed

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IMPLEMENTATION OF MODIFIED CONSTRAINT-INDUCED THERAPY IN UPPER LIMB STROKE REHABILITATION IN AN INPATIENT REHABILITATION HOSPITAL, Umana W. Udoeyop

Submissions from 2016

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

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

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AN OCCUPATION BASED PRACTICE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM MODEL IMPLEMENTING ONLINE LEARNING, Krisitna K. Elam

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The secret ingredient for improving infant/child mental health:Teaching parents to play, Geraldine Healy Marini

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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

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ASSESEMENT OF AN OCCUPATION-BASED PRACTICE MODULE FOR AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT CURRICULUM, Mary Kim Qualls

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CONTAINER CULTURE: AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM TO REDUCE THE OVERUSE, Ashleigh R. Toy

Submissions from 2015

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

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

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

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

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The Role of Occupational Therapy in Primary Care, Priti Patel

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

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DOG VISITATION IN LONG-TERM CARE AND ITS EFFECTS ON DEPRESSION, Leah Shea Simpkins