Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


Adverse childhood experiences are increasing in society and the lack of knowledge surrounding the condition from the adults who frequently interact with them is concerning. This concern lays the foundation for the development of a targeted approach to pediatric intervention by occupational therapists. The problem this capstone project addresses is expanding the understanding of how adverse childhood experiences mirror other common conditions as well as the need for more competent and confident occupational therapists in identifying and treating children with adverse childhood experiences.

Faculty Mentor

Shirley O'Brien, PhD, OTR/L

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Geela Spira, PhD, OTR/L

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy