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 2018
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
LEADERSHIP ROLES: CREATING INCLUSIVENESS WITHIN A WORSHIP ENVIRONMENT, Susan L. Morreau
Sensory-Based Services in Adult Mental Health, Leslie Reed
Submissions from 2016
The secret ingredient for improving infant/child mental health:Teaching parents to play, Geraldine Healy Marini
CONTAINER CULTURE: AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM TO REDUCE THE OVERUSE, Ashleigh R. Toy
Submissions from 2015
Enriching Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention: Using and Documenting the Evidence, Shelli Dry and Christine Myers
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
DOG VISITATION IN LONG-TERM CARE AND ITS EFFECTS ON DEPRESSION, Leah Shea Simpkins