Hand Therapy Student Experiential Learning Clinic

Dr. Kaskutas mentors students in the Hand Therapy Student Experiential Learning Clinic. This scholarly experience gives students opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and experience in hand therapy. Students should consider working with Dr. Kaskutas if they are interested in developing innovations in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, work evaluation and rehabilitation, or establishing a foundation for a career in academia.

General Description of Student Activities

Students participating in the hand and upper extremity student-led clinic will evaluate and treat patients and answer research questions revolving around this clinic. Students participate in journal clubs, peer-to-peer learning, literature reviews, patient experiences, project development and data analysis. For their scholarship, students design, implement and analyze the findings of a project embedded in the Hand Therapy Student Experiential Learning Clinic. Students may produce a manuscript that can be published in peer-reviewed literature and have the opportunity to present their research findings at local, state and national conferences.

Examples of Projects

  • Student training to enhance clinical reasoning for the hand therapy SELC
  • Addressing the social determinants of health in the hand therapy SELC
  • Infusing occupation-based practice into hand and upper extremity rehabilitation
  • Patient outcomes in the student hand therapy clinic
  • Practice patterns in the student hand therapy clinic
  • Student outcomes in the student hand therapy clinic


Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine
Assistant Director of Educational Evaluation and Quality

Phone: (314) 286-1672
Fax: (314) 286-1601

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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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*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