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Innovations in Education

Dr. Taff mentors students interested in Innovations in Education. This scholarly experience gives students opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and experience in education-related projects, including educational research, curriculum development, instructional design, program evaluation, and scholarship of teaching and learning activities. Students should consider this experience if they are interested in developing innovations in the science of learning, fieldwork education, patient and caregiver education, professional and educational leadership, interprofessional education, public health education, and establishing a foundation for a career in educational contexts. In general, personal transportation is not required.

General Description of Student Activities

Student work will use a variety approaches (qualitative, mixed methods, systematic and scoping reviews, needs assessments, program evaluation) to investigate problems and possibilities in teaching, learning and education. This includes evaluating teaching methods, interprofessional education, use of technology and media in classrooms, gauging the effect of student and faculty stress on mental health/academic performance, or investigating student attributes and their influence on learning. Students will also be guided in developing educational/training needs assessments, curricular design and evaluation of educational outcomes in both student and clinical education settings. 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 or national conferences.

Examples of Projects

  • Student flourishing in occupational therapy education
  • Occupational therapy student characteristics influencing Level II fieldwork: An exploratory Study of mental health, confidence, and mindful self-care
  • A historical systematic mapping review of the use of epistemology in occupational therapy education literature, 1917-2017
  • The Rainb-OT Program: Promoting an inclusive campus environment and integrating LGBTQ+ diversity training into occupational therapy curricula
  • Coping mechanisms for mitigating stress in occupational therapy faculty


Steve Taff, PhD, OTR/L, FNP, FAOTA
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine
Director, Teaching Scholars Program,
Washington University School of Medicine

Phone: (314) 286-0043

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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*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