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 Mentors
Scholarly Experience
 Chih-Hung Chang, PhD
 Psychometrics-Informatics Laboratory

Erin Foster, PhD, OTD, 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

Duana Russell-Thomas, 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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