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 2019

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HEART TO HEART: EDUCATING ALLIED HEALTHCARE STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS ABOUT HEART FAILURE, Samantha M. Barefoot

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ACUTE CARE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE: APPLICATION OF THE CANADIAN OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE MEASURE IN A PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM, Karen Enlow

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

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The impact of an occupation based Parkinson caregiver program on caregiver's quality of life, Jennifer L. Labonte

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THE IMPACT OF EDUCATION ON IMPLEMENTATION OF MIRROR BOX THERAPY ACROSS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE SETTINGS, Nicole Y. LaRue

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

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Person-environment interactions: The psychological implications of behaviors, confidence, and self-efficacy in falls management., Lisa S. Roberson

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WHAT STOPS SOME OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTITONERS FROM PROVIDING FIELDWORK EDUCATION?, Jacqueline S. Schafer-Clay

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EXAMINING THE BENEFITS OF EDUCATING CAREGIVERS ABOUT TUMMY TIME IN THE ACUTE CARE SETTING, Alexandra L. Turner

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MOVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH VESTIBULAR ENGAGEMENT TO RHYTHM (MOVER), Lindsay B. Williams

Submissions from 2018

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERVENTION FOR PROJECT SEARCH INTERNS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: POTENTIAL FOR IMPROVED TRANSITION OUTCOMES, Jessie L. Bricker

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Perceptions of ATP certified occupational therapy practitioners on assistive technology education in occupational therapy programs, Karen M. Dishman OTD, OTR, ATP

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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.

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

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Pre-Sleep Routines in Adult Normal Sleepers, Jean Koketsu

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

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

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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

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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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INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WEB-BASED MODULES REINFORCING THERAPY TOPICS FOR CAREGIVERS INVOLVED IN EARLY INTERVENTION, Terri L. Beard MS, OTR/L

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

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

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

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Perceptions of the impact of non-contact boxing on social and community engagement for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, Casey E. Humphrey

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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

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

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

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LEADERSHIP ROLES: CREATING INCLUSIVENESS WITHIN A WORSHIP ENVIRONMENT, Susan L. Morreau

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Workplace factors affecting the delivery of occupational therapy services: Perspectives of occupational therapy practitioners, Robert J. Mullaney

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

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

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Sensory-Based Services in Adult Mental Health, Leslie Reed

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

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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, Kristina 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

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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 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