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Directed Scholarship

A key component of our educational program is the opportunity to learn and grow under the guidance of a mentor. Each student in the Program is matched to a mentor for the directed scholarly experience. Mentors guide students toward their career goals of becoming a clinician, educator, manager, entrepreneur or career scientist.

The directed scholarship sequence of courses begins in the spring semester of the first year in the Program. The four-course sequence for MSOT students or six-course sequence for OTD students are self-directed learning experiences under the mentor's guidance. Students will have the opportunity to further the knowledge that will improve the lives of people experiencing occupational performance and participation challenges. Students will learn to ask scholarly questions and design programs and experiences to answer them. They will evaluate practice and gain the skills needed to engage in clinical and collaborative research efforts with their mentor in their research laboratory, practice setting or in the community. This directed scholarship culminates with a presentation of the scholarly work at our annual OT Scholarship Day.

Please click on the links below to learn more about our mentors and the scholarly experiences they offer.

Research Division

Scholarly Experience

Erin Foster, OTD, MSCI, OTR/L


Cognitive and Occupational Performance Laboratory

Allison King, MD, PhD


Child Health and Education Laboratory

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP


Enabling Mobility in the Community Laboratory

Benjamin Philip, PhD


Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Laboratory

Bobbi Pineda, PhD, OTR/L


Occupational Therapy NICU Laboratory

Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory

Alex Wong, PhD, DPhil, BSOT


Health and Disability Research Laboratory


Professional Education
Division Mentors

Scholarly Experience

Regina Abel, PhD


Animal Assisted Therapy

Parul Bakhshi, PhD, DEA (M.Phil)


Social Exclusion: International Initiatives and Global Perspectives



Driving and Community Mobility Laboratory

Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Community-centered Population Health

Jessica Dashner, OTD, OTR/L


Disability and Community Participation Research

Betsy Hawkins-Chernof, OTD, OTR/L


Technology Integration and Participation

Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Innovations in Education

Kathy Kniepmann, OTD, MPH, EdM, OTR/L


Family Caregiving

Ping Lieser, PhD


Innovations in Education

Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L


Innovations in Education

Monica Perlmutter, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA 


Low Vision and Aging

Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA


Innovations in Education

Steve Taff, PhD, OTR/L, FNAP, FAOTA


Innovations in Education

Quinn Tyminiski, MSOT, OTR/L


Occupational Therapy Programs for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness 


Clinical Practice
Division Mentors

Scholarly Experience

Meghan Doherty, OTD, OTR/L


Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic

Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L


Evidence-Based Self-Management Programs (ESMP) for Persons Living with Chronic Disease

Sue Tucker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP


Seating, Mobility and Assistive Technology

Carla Walker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP


Parenting with Disabilities


Mentors with a
Joint Appointment

Scholarly Experience

Ann Marie Dale, PhD, OTR/L


Occupational Health and Safety Laboratory

Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH


Occupational Health and Safety Laboratory

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