Dr. Dashner mentors students interested in Disability and Community Participation Research. Her work further develops and tests subjective and objective measures of the quality of participation in communities; implements initiatives to improve community receptivity for people with disabilities; develops person-specific interventions to increase community participation by people with mobility, vision and hearing limitations; studies characteristics and supports needed of people with disabilities who work; and trains paid and unpaid personal assistance recipients and providers.
General Description of Student Activities
Students may have the opportunity to participate in client interviews, focus groups, survey administration by phone, in-person assessments, data entry, data analysis, literature reviews and writing journal articles. They will orally present their work. Students may work with other members of the group to learn research skills. Students should be comfortable using a personal computer and willing to learn software necessary for data entry and analysis. Time commitment will be in line with the Program in Occupational Therapy expectations, but availability will be coordinated with the student’s class schedule. Some of the scholarly activities may be conducted at Paraquad’s Health and Wellness Center, which is located at 5200 Berthold Ave. or at various community sites. Personal transportation is helpful, but not required.
Examples of Projects
Students learn about ongoing research projects before selecting a topic that they develop for their master’s or doctoral project. Projects currently being conducted include:
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