Rachel Heeb, OTD

PhD student

Year of entry

2019

Mentor

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Current research interests

Built environment, inclusive design, persons with mobility disability, physical activity, dissemination and implementation science, geographic information systems, mixed-methods research

Prior education

2018: Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Program in Occupational Therapy
2015: BA in Psychology, University of Kansas

Background

Rachel began studying the cognitive, environmental, and social processes that impact behavior during her undergraduate education. She was then drawn to a path that holistically allowed her to study health and participation and decided to pursue occupational therapy and later rehabilitation and participation science. Her passions include improving the community participation and physical activity of individuals with mobility disabilities as well as studying the influence of the built environment on health behaviors.

Reason for entering PhD program

Although Rachel’s occupational therapy training equipped her with the necessary clinical skills to identify and address barriers to community participation and physical activity on an individual level, she realized during her doctoral research that she had a deeper interest in making impacts at the community and population levels through research. Rachel’s ultimate goal is to improve the accessibility of built environments to help people with mobility disabilities stay physically active and participate in their communities. Her current research focuses on how neighborhood environments shape the community participation of people aging with long-term physical disabilities.

Presentations

Weber, C., Morgan, K., Keglovits, M., Heeb, R., Dashner, J., Yan, Y., & Stark, S. (2020). Physical Activity and Participation of People Aging with Long Term Physical Disability. Poster presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Virtual Conference.

Heeb, R., Morgan, K., Putnam, M., Keglovits, M., Weber, C., & Stark, S. (2020). Factors Influencing the Community Participation of People Aging with Long-Term Physical Disabilities. Poster presented at the American Congress of Rehabiltiation Medicine Virtual Conference.

Heeb, R., Bakhshi, P., & Taff, S. (2018). A Comparative Analysis of Disability Policy in the United States and Canada Through an Occupational Lens. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Heeb, R., Bakhshi, P., & Taff, S. (2018). A Comparative Analysis of Disability Policy in the United States and Canada Through an Occupational Lens. Poster presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.

Heeb, R., Hooper, B., & Taff, S. (2018). Theory Use in Occupational Therapy Education: An International Systematic Mapping Review, 1940-2015. Poster presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.

Will, K., Heeb, R., & Wallaert, C. (2018). Occupational Therapy & Community Development in Rural Uganda: A Case Study. Poster presented at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.

Heeb, R. (2017). Sustainability and Human Occupations. Guest lecture at Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy, St. Louis, MO.

Heeb, R. (2017). Application of Theories of Emotion and Affect. Guest lecture at Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy, St. Louis, MO.

Publications

Heeb, R., Taff, S., & Bakhshi, P. (2021). Exploring the Nuances of Disability Policy in the United States and Canada through an Occupational Lens. Annals of International Occupational Therapy. 

Heeb, R., Hooper, B., & Taff, S. D. (2020). Representation of Theory in Occupational Therapy Education: An International Systematic Mapping Review, 1940-2015. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 4 (4). Retrieved from https://encompass.eku.edu/jote/vol4/iss4/1

Brottman, M. R., Char, D. M., Hattori, R. A., Heeb, R., & Taff, S. D. (2020). Toward cultural competency in health care: A scoping review of the diversity and inclusion education literature. Academic Medicine, 95(5), 803-813. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000002995

Awards and honors

2017-2018: President of Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society Xi Chapter

Ranked as the Number Three OT Program in the Nation