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Family Caregiving

Dr. Kniepmann mentors students interested in Family Caregiving. This is an important public health challenge for a large, growing population in the U.S. and worldwide. Assisting or guiding a relative who had a stroke can support successful everyday living at home and in the community. For family caregivers, this can be rewarding and fulfilling. It can also create difficulties that undermine health and quality of life. Many caregivers report a combination of positive and negative effects; they may neglect their own needs as they focus on their relative. Caregivers are often confused about the effects of stroke on everyday life and unsure how to balance assistance with encouragement for the relative to do some things on their own.

General Description of Student Activities

Students will participate in a journal club that reviews and critiques literature, policies, and resources. They will be involved in developing and evaluating resources to support health promotion and self-management for family caregivers. Students may also develop educational programs for clinicians. Attention will be given to health inequities and underserved populations. Students will contribute to publishable manuscripts, educational materials and/or presentations for local, regional and national venues.

Examples of Projects

  • Develop educational resources for families with stroke and evaluate effectiveness, including effects on reducing the risk of readmission. Identify strategies to tailor such resources to address health inequities.
  • Develop self-management and health promotion resources to support effective, sustainable family caregiving and caregiver health
  • Develop family education resources for clinicians who are involved in discharge education, outpatient therapy and community settings


Kathy Kniepmann, OTD, MPH, EdM, OTR/L
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology

Phone: (314) 286-1610
Fax: (314) 286-1601

Ranked as the Number One OT Program in the Nation

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Current, future and accepted applicants are encouraged to visit. We also welcome people who are exploring career options and considering occupational therapy. Dr. Kathy Kniepmann, one of our faculty members, opens our visit sessions with an informal presentation and discussion, followed by a tour that’s led by one of our current occupational therapy students.

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*At least two to three visit sessions are scheduled every month. All times are Central Standard Time (CST). Click here for more info.

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Call Dr. Kniepmann at (314) 286-1610
or Robin Hattori at (314) 286-1653