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Innovations in Education

Dr. Milton mentors students interested in Innovations in Education. This scholarly experience gives students opportunities to gain knowledge, skills, and experience in education-related projects. Projects will include topics related to occupational therapy student advising and service learning. Students should consider working with Dr. Milton if they are interested in establishing a foundation for a career in academia on a clinician track.

General Description of Student Activities

Students will use a variety of quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods and systematic or scoping review approaches to investigate topics related to student advising in higher education. Students participate in journal clubs, peer-to-peer learning, literature reviews, project development and data analysis. They will design a project related to innovations in occupational therapy education, implement the project and analyze the findings either individually or in small groups. Students may be guided in program development, implementation and evaluation of outcomes. Students are expected to produce a manuscript that can be published in peer-reviewed literature and will have the opportunity to present their work at local, state and national conferences.


Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine

Phone: (314) 286-1672

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.

Upcoming VIRTUAL visit sessions*:

*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