Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


The goal of occupational therapy in inpatient psychiatric settings is to develop independent living skills and restore normative life roles vital for leading a fulfilling life in the least restrictive environment. In one psychiatric hospital, cooking groups are an essential intervention and environment in which to develop these skills and roles. The purpose of this qualitative case study is to describe OT cooking group programing in one inpatient psychiatric setting, understand one client’s experience with cooking groups and illustrate how her participation in these groups led to a successful transition to independent living. This study was guided by the transformative worldview and sought to challenge the stigma surrounding long-term psychiatric clients by highlighting the capability and strengths of one individual’s recovery. Retrospective data analysis was used to describe the case of one client in OT cooking groups and the impact on her transition to independent living. A total of 220 documents were analyzed from the individual’s records and were categorized into three data sources. Thematic analysis was used to compare and contrast codes across the data sources. Patterns of codes that were consistent across the data sources were refined into five themes. Patterns between cooking group and improved mood and hygiene were a significant finding, as well as helping the individual find a sense of belonging and family. Other themes illustrated specific challenges and barriers experienced by the consumer, and the role of OT cooking groups in promoting skills, supports and relational roles to overcome challenges.

Faculty Mentor

Christine Privott, PhD, OTR/L

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Julie Duckart, PhD, OTR/L

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy