Family Caregiving

Dr. Kniepmann mentors students interested in Family Caregiving, particularly for adults with stroke. The abrupt changes and diverse needs are an important public health challenge that can be rewarding and fulfilling. This 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 by 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 and tools for practicing therapists, clergy, other professionals and community organizations. Students will contribute to publishable manuscripts, educational materials and/or presentations for local, regional and national venues.

Examples of Projects

  • Develop and evaluate occupation-focused resources for families with stroke
  • Develop family education resources for clinicians and others who are involved in discharge education, outpatient therapy and community settings
  • Determine intimacy and sexuality concerns of partners/ spouses post-stroke, especially among males and in the LGBTQ population
  • Collaborate with denominational networks to address concerns of families whose relatives had a stroke


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

Phone: (314) 286-1610

Ranked as the Number Three OT Program in the Nation

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

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