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Family Caregiving

Dr. Kniepmann mentors students interested in Family Caregiving. This is an important public health challenge that 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 the relative’s needs. Caregivers can be confused about the effects of stroke on everyday life and unsure how to balance assistance with encouragement for the relative to become as independent as possible.

General Description of Student Activities

Students will review and critique 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. Students will contribute to publishable manuscripts, educational materials and/or presentations for local, regional and national venues.

Examples of Projects

  • Develop occupation-focused resources for families with stroke and evaluate effectiveness, including effects on reducing the risk of readmission
  • Develop family education resources for clinicians who are involved in discharge education, outpatient therapy and community settings
  • Identify effects of cultural awareness education


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

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

Ranked as the Number Three 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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Call Dr. Kniepmann at (314) 286-1610
or Robin Hattori at (314) 286-1653