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Innovations in Education

Dr. Milton mentors students interested in Innovations in Education.This scholarly experience gives students opportunities to gain knowledge, skills, and experience in pediatric clinical practice-related projects or education-related projects. Projects may include, but are not limited to, topics in pediatric OT practice, curriculum/program development, instructional design, program evaluation, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning activities. Students should consider working with Dr. Milton if they are interested in establishing a foundation for a career in pediatric practice or academia on a clinician track.

General Description of Student Activities

Students will use a variety of quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods and systematic review approaches to investigate teaching, learning, educational and/or pediatric practice research questions. Students participate in journal clubs, peer-to-peer learning, literature reviews, project development and data analysis. They will design a project related to innovations in occupational therapy education, implement the project and analyze the findings either individually (OTD) or in small groups (MSOT). Students may be guided in program development, implementation, and evaluation of outcomes, building on the work of previous students. Students are expected to produce a manuscript that can be published in peer-reviewed literature, and will have the opportunity to present their research findings at local, state and national conferences.

Examples of Projects

  • Student experiences in graduate-level coursework
  • Siblings of individuals with autism
  • Functional cognition in pediatrics


Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L

Instructor in Occupational Therapy and Medicine

Phone: 314-286-1672

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