Our OTD curriculum prepares seasoned occupational therapists for leadership roles in academia, clinical research, clinical practice and the community. An individualized learning plan is developed that meets the doctoral degree requirements and reflects the student’s professional goals. Educational experiences in the core OTD courses are tailored to meet the student’s learning objectives and allow for in-depth investigation of factors affecting the student’s target population of interest. Students develop a practice model, explore contemporary topics, translate evidence into practice, and build skills to innovate change. A doctoral project spanning several semesters is performed under the close mentorship of experienced faculty and may be in partnership with local expert clinician, scientist, administrator or community leader. Coursework culminates in the doctoral experiential component that allows students to operationalize their coursework in a setting of their choice.

Applicants should discuss their preferences for participation in doctoral studies with Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, assistant director of education evaluation and quality, at 314-286-1672 or

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