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 academic advising and professional development; OTD students also complete the OTD Mentored Scholarship course series under the direction of their mentor. MSOT students who intend to pursue a PhD may enroll in the elective MSOT to PhD Mentored Scholarship course series to prepare for entry into a PhD program.

The OTD Mentored Scholarship sequence of courses begins in the summer semester of the first year in the Program. The three-course sequence is a self-directed learning experience in which students complete a scholarly project under the mentor’s guidance.

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


Research Division Mentors
Scholarly Experience
M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Community Engagement Laboratory
Chih-Hung Chang, PhD
Psychometrics-Informatics Laboratory
Lisa Tabor Connor, PhD, MSOT, OTR/L
Community Reintegration After Stroke Laboratory

Erin Foster, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Cognitive and Occupational Performance Laboratory

Kelly Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP

Health Equity, Opportunity and Education Laboratory

Catherine Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Growth and Occupational Well-being of Youth Laboratory

Brian Johnson, PhD, OTR/L
Neurorehabilitation and Applied Physiology Laboratory
Jessica Kersey, PhD, OTR/L
Social Health and Participation Laboratory
Stephen Lau, PhD
Sleep, Mood and Cognition Laboratory

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Enabling Mobility in the Community Laboratory

Benjamin Philip, PhD

Lateralization, Movement and Plasticity Laboratory

Jaclyn Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Taking Meds Laboratory

Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory

Professional Education Division Mentors
Scholarly Experience
Salma Bachelani, OTD, OTR/L, PMH-C
Supporting Perinatal and Pediatric Outcomes


Driving and Community Mobility Laboratory

Jessica Dashner, OTD, OTR/L

Disability and Community Participation Research

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

Family Caregiving

Wanda Mahoney, PhD, OTR/L
Interpreting and Enriching Occupational Contexts

Sarah Cheatham Oberle, OTD, OTR/L

Train Your Brain 
Grayson Owens, OTD, OTR/L
Weight-Loss Habit Development and Coaching Services
Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L
Social Exclusion

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

Innovations in Education

Sue Tucker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

 Seating, Mobility and Exercise for Wheelchair Users
Quinn Tyminski, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH
Community Independence Occupational Therapy Program
Carla Walker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP
SCI/D Health and Participation Program
Stacy West-Bruce, OTD, MSW, OTR/L
Aging and Community Practice

Collective Division Mentors
Scholarly Experience

Amanda Mack, OTD, OTR/L, CLC

Salma Bachelani, OTD, OTR/L, PMH-C

Marit Watson, OTD, OTR/L, PMH-C

Maria Lopez Coxon, OTD, OTR/L

Maternal Health Collective
Clinical Practice Division Mentors
Scholarly Experience
Katie Bogan, OTD, OTR/L
Infant Toddler Autism Program

Mentors with a Joint Appointment
Scholarly Experience

Parul Bakhshi, PhD, DEA (M.Phil)

Social Exclusion

Allison King, MD, PhD

Child Health and Education Laboratory

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