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

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

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Enabling Mobility in the Community Laboratory

Benjamin Philip, PhD

Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Laboratory

Jaclyn Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L Technology, Health, Rehabilitation, Environment and Disability Laboratory

Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory

Professional Education Division Mentors
Scholarly Experience
Salma Bachelani, OTD, OTR/L
Children, Youth and Families

Parul Bakhshi, PhD, DEA (M.Phil)

Social Exclusion: International Initiatives and Global Perspectives


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

Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L

School-based Occupational Therapy

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

Innovations in Education

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

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

Sarah Cheatham Oberle, OTD, OTR/L

Deafness Occupational Therapy Support

Sue Tucker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Seating, Mobility and Assistive Technology

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

Allison King, MD, PhD

Child Health and Education Laboratory

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