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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 pediatric clinical practice-related projects or education-related projects. Projects may include, but are not limited to, topics in pediatric OT practice, curriculum/program development, instructional design, program evaluation, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning activities. Students should consider working with Dr. Milton if they are interested in establishing a foundation for a career in pediatric practice or 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 teaching, learning, educational and/or pediatric practice research questions. 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 (OTD) or in small groups (MSOT). Students may be guided in program development, implementation, and evaluation of outcomes, building on the work of previous students. Students are expected to produce a manuscript that can be published in peer-reviewed literature, and will have the opportunity to present their research findings at local, state, and national conferences.

Examples of Projects

  • Student experiences in graduate-level coursework
  • International service learning: The Guatemala experience
  • Functional cognition in children and youth in school-based practice
  • Experiences of young adults who have a sibling with autism
  • Program development for neurodiverse students in higher education
  • Program development for at-risk youth
  • Program development for informal caregivers of children and youth affected by cancer
  • Program development related to yoga and mindfulness


Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L
Instructor in Occupational Therapy and Medicine

Phone: (314) 286-1672
Fax: (314) 286-1610

Ranked as the Number One OT Program in the Nation

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