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Click HEREto submit a research project for this list. This is a free service for POTA members.

Current open research projects

Understanding the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator Position: A Nationwide Examination of Workload for a Unique Faculty Role

We are a small team of current faculty serving in the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator position within our respective institutions. Together, we have developed a study aimed to investigate the responsibilities and workload associated with the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator position. The information gathered will be used to better understand the specific tasks required of the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator position as well as supports and barriers to successfully fulfilling these roles.
If you are interested in participating in this study, clicking on the link HERE will take you to a confidential electronic Qualtrics survey.

We appreciate your assistance and look forward to your responses. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Primary Investigators of this study.

This study has been reviewed and approved as exempt by the Mary Baldwin University Institutional Review Board, #200309.

Thank you,

Hannah Harris, OTD, OTR/L; Mary Baldwin University;; (540) 887-4401
Paula Costello, OTD, OTR/L; Rush University;; (312) 942-4713
Anne Kiraly-Alvarez, OTD, OTR/L, SCSS; Midwestern University;; (630) 515-7340
Bernadette Schmeltz, OTD, OTR/L, CLT; Slippery Rock University;; (724) 420-1975 

Respond by: June 30, 2020


Occupational Therapists' Perceptions on Gardening as an Intervention

Occupational therapy strives to increase clients’ independence and participation daily as well as engage individuals in meaningful occupations. The current study investigates OT practitioners perceptions on gardening as an intervention, identifies what barriers may keep it from being a commonly used intervention, as well as the benefits OT practitioners have found when using gardening.

Click here for Survey

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lorie Rowles, MS, OTR/L

If you have any questions please contact Cecilia Esposito at

Sincerely, Cecilia Esposito
Saint Francis University

Respond by: June 1, 2020


Evaluating Occupational Therapy Interventions for Low Functioning Patients with Stroke Who Are Mechanically Ventilated: A Survey Approach

We are looking for occupational therapists to complete a survey that focuses on treatment interventions for mechanically ventilated patients with stroke who are unconscious and unable to move their extremities.

The questions focus on effective treatment interventions used and where improvements of education and professional development are most needed to be more effective with treatment interventions to serve this population better. This could lead to better insights into what occupational therapist can do to work more effectively and how to improve the educational preparedness for working with this population.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us:
Primary Investigator: 
Rochelle Mendonca, PhD, OTR/L

Student Investigator: 
Kick van Dolder OTR/L
DOT student, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Temple University

Please complete the survey HERE, it will only take 5-10 minutes. Thank you.

Respond By: May 1, 2020


More Coming Soon!

Past research projects 

A Survey of Incivility in the Occupational Therapy Workplace

We are a group of six students in San Jose State University’s MSOT program conducting research about workplace culture and experiences of incivility in OT practice settings. As you know, there is not as much OT research as there is research in other health professions, and we think attaining the aforementioned information will be valuable to our profession. 

We would like to invite you to spend ~5-minutes to take our survey and contribute to OT research.  
Please feel free to pass it along to other practitioners. (This survey is for OT/OTA practitioners who have practiced within the last six months.)

The following link will allow you to access it: Survey Here 

If you have any questions about this survey, or experience difficulty accessing or completing it, please contact our faculty advisor, Deborah Bolding, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA at 
Thank you for all that you do, and we hope to receive your valuable feedback.


Kate Poisson, OTS, Cameron McCallister, OTS, David M. Pufki, OTS, Angelica Ramirez, OTS, Claire Rickly, OTS, Victoria Scattini, OTS 
San Jose University

March 31, 2020:This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Knowledge, Attitudes, and Preparedness of Occupational Therapy Practitioners When Treating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Clients

Did you know that sexual and gender minorities (SGM), also referred to as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) persons, experience poorer quality of care than the general population? 

This research study explores the knowledge, attitudes, and preparedness of occupational therapy assistants and therapists for working with SGM. The information we collect can be used to develop education and resources for working more effectively with patients/clients. 

Each survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete and responses are fully anonymous.

Please also forward the link to your colleagues!


If you have any questions, or difficulty accessing or completing the survey, please contact Deborah Bolding ( 

Thank you in advance for participating in our survey.

Angela Acosta, Brigitte Butler, April Chau, Brenna Craig, and Fiona Dunbar 
Occupational Therapy Department, San José State University 

March 20, 2020:This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Perceptions, Practices, and Trends in Occupation-Based Mental Health Promotion 

Greetings fellow school OTs and OTAs, I am investigating current occupational therapy practices in mental health prevention and promotion within elementary school settings in the United States through a short anonymous online survey. The survey is linked below and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. It is completely anonymous. Please feel free to share it with other interested OTs. 

Please complete the survey HERE

Faculty Mentor: Professor Tara J. Glennon, Ed. D, OTR/L, FAOTA

If you have questions please contact Roberta at

Roberta Whalen

Quinnipiac University

March 15, 2020:This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Exploring Referral Processes to Eye Doctors by Occupational Therapists Following ABI

ANONYMOUS SURVEY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: Attention OT’s and COTA’s who are currently working, have worked in the last year, and have experience with patients with an acquired brain injury (ABI). ABI may include: cerebrovascular accidents, traumatic brain injuries and concussions, hypoxic and anoxic brain injuries. The purpose of this study is to learn more about the interdisciplinary relationship between occupational therapy and eye doctors/vision professionals in the management of patients’ visual deficits following ABI. Please note that this survey can be completed by clinicians working in any setting. The following questions are specific to patients you have worked/are working with, who have an ABI. The number of patients with ABI that you typically work with, or the severity of the deficits does not affect your eligibility to complete survey.

Please click HERE to complete the survey.

Faculty Mentor: Caitlyn Foy, OTD, MOTR/L, CLA

Rebecca Baro
Salus University

February 27, 2020:This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Survey Regarding Treatment and Diagnosis of Individuals with Cortical Visual Impairment

Survey for occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and teachers of the visually impaired: evaluation and treatment of individuals with cortical visual impairment

We want to know more about:
• The education and training in which occupational therapists (OT), occupational therapy assistants (COTA) and teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs) are participating in related to cortical visual impairment (CVI).
• The number of individuals and the capacity in which individuals with CVI are cared for by OTs, COTAs, and TVIs.
• Access to medical information and materials for individuals with CVI on your caseload
The results of this study will hopefully inform education and training opportunities available to learn about CVI and resources needed by providers working with individuals with CVI.

Occupational therapists, certified occupational therapist assistants, and teachers of the visually impaired can complete the 38 question survey. 

If you agree to participate in this study, the following will occur: 
- You will read this study information sheet, and if you agree to participate, you will complete the included, 38 question survey questions and send your completed survey back to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. You will only complete the survey one time. Your completed survey serves as your agreement to participate. 
- The completed surveys will be gathered for a 3-6 month period, and our team will compile the results of the survey answers after the survey collection period. 
- We will review training experience of professionals working with CVI population, current caseload volumes of individuals with CVI receiving care from OTs, COTAs, and TVIs and if and how often the professional has access to the specified medical information. The information shared only with the study team and will be recorded in our databases for this survey. 

Making sure that information about you remains private is important to us. To protect your privacy, we are not asking that you provide any identifying information. Therefore, in the event of any publication regarding this study, there will be no information specific enough to identify you. Electronic databases will be password protected and stored on a secure server at CCHMC. By participating in this study, you are giving permission for representatives of the CCHMC, the Investigator and CCHMC study staff including the Institutional Review Board and the Office for Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs to review your answers to the survey. 

You will not be paid for your participation in this research study.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Harpster, PhD, OTR/L

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Karen Harpster, PhD, OTR/L at or 513-803-3604. 

Please click HERE to take the survey!

Amy Fox
The University of Cincinnati

November 30, 2019: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Occupational Therapy Fellowship Outcomes

This study will review the professional outcomes of occupational therapy doctoral or master prepared practitioners who have and have not completed an occupational therapy fellowship. Factors investigated and compared among groups will include transition into the workforce,job satisfaction, job preparedness, impact of mentorship during schooling, and professional development. Understanding the outcomes of an occupational therapy fellowship program will provide benefits for students, employers, and the field of occupational therapy. This knowledge of fellowship outcomes will help students to better understand their options for education and the outcomes of completing a fellowship program.  The study will be administered through Qualtrics and will consist of multiple choice, close ended Likert Scale questions, and open-ended questions. 
The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. All responses are voluntary, and participants may withdraw at any time throughout the survey. This research study was approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Creighton University. 
If the participant has questions regarding the study, please contact Dr. Anna Domina, OTD, OTR/L at 402-280-3407. If the participant has questions about research participants’ rights, please contact the Institutional Review Board at 402-280-2126. 
Click here to take the survey. 

Thank you,
Jenna Kietzman, OTS; Sara Schwarz, OTS
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions 
Creighton University

November 11, 2019: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep: Is Sleep Being Addressed by Occupational Therapy Professionals in Pediatric Outpatient Clinics?

The purpose of the study is to identify if occupational therapy professionals are addressing sleep participation for children with autism spectrum disorder in pediatric outpatient clinics. We are aiming for a cross sectional representation of occupational therapy professionals and the sleep interventions used throughout the United States. We would appreciate using the AOTA as a means of recruiting participants. This study will consist of an online survey through SurveyMonkey consisting of demographic information, close ended Likert Scale questions and open-ended questions.

This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey with 2 months of receiving the initial recruitment email. The survey will contain a disclosure agreement and a consent agreement in regards to online survey participation. This research study was approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Salem State University.

Inclusion criteria:        

● Occupational therapy professionals who are licensed to practice

● Occupational therapy professionals currently working in a pediatric outpatient clinic (stand alone or attached to a hospital) with children who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder

Exclusion criteria:      

● Occupational therapy clinicians with a last known experience of working with children with autism spectrum disorder prior to 2014.

Faculty Mentor: Jill Turcotte DOT, MHPE, OTR/L

If you have any questions regarding participation in this study, please contact the Institutional Review Board by email at

Click Here to take the survey

Thank you, Lyndsey Collette, OT/s & Jennie Lacolla, OT/s
Salem State University, Masters of Occupational Therapy Program

October 27, 2019: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation. 


OT Practitioners Self-Reported Competence in Adult Diabetes Care

Good day. My name is Ryan and I am a post-doctoral OT student. I would like to invite US-based OTRs and COTAs working in adult and geriatric settings to participate in my 15-minute online survey. The results of the survey will guide me in developing a free online case-study self-study manual for OTRs and COTAs in the evaluation and management of adult clients with type 2 diabetes using lifestyle interventions and behavioral economics. Thank you so much for your help.

For OTRs, please click HERE

for COTAs, please click HERE

Faculty Mentor: Karen Jacobs, EdD, OT, OTR, CPE, FAOTA

If you have any questions please contact Ryan Osal at

Sincerely, Ryan Osal
Boston University

August 31, 2019: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Bridging the Gap: Combating Evidence-Based Practice Deficits

Hello - I am part of a group of Chatham University MOT students that are working on an evidence-based project about clinicians utilizing evidence-based practice. We are hoping to learn more about clinician experiences with using evidence-based practice within their clinical careers. We would greatly appreciate your participation in this project! The confidential survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Thank you for your participation and please feel free to share with other OT and OTA clinicians.

Please click HERE to take the survey! 

If you have any questions about this study please contact our faculty advisor, Dr. Sharon Novalis, at

Thank you, Carlie Klanica
Chatham University

August 25, 2019: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation. 

The Relationship Between Cultural Competency and Self-Reported Perceptions of Spirituality in Occupational Therapy Practice

Hello! We are four MSOT students at California State University, Dominguez Hills expanding upon a research study on the experience of occupational therapy practitioners in regards to cultural competency and spirituality in practice. We are looking for occupational therapy practitioners willing to participate by taking a quick survey to share their experience and insights. The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes. Please click on the link provided and follow the survey instructions.

Link to survey: Click Here

If there are any questions or feedback please contact us at Thank you!

Faculty Mentor: Yan-hua Huang, Ph.D., OTR/L

Regina Sarnicola, Christina Villasenor, Loree Pham, and Tiffanie Vu
California State University, Dominguez Hills

June 28, 2019: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation. 

Exploring the barriers OT and OTAs face which prevent them from providing fieldwork education to OT/OTA students

Licensed OTs and OTAs who do NOT accept fieldwork students (Level I or II) in their current work position (even if other OT/OTAs at the site take students). Occupational therapists and Assistants, who do not provide fieldwork education, you are invited to participate in a research study and register for a drawing to receive 1 of 2 amazon $25 gift cards. The survey will remain anonymous regardless if you complete the drawing registration or not. Please share the link with other OT and OTAs. The goal of this survey is to understand the barriers individual occupational therapists (OT) and occupational therapy assistants (OTA) face which prevent them from providing fieldwork education. The survey typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete and can be started and stopped throughout the completion process. The survey is completed on a voluntary basis and is completely anonymous. Due to the anonymity there is no perceived risk related to participation in the study. This research has been approved by Eastern Kentucky University Internal Review Board. Click the link below to read the full disclosure and begin the survey.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

This survey link is posted in various locations and can be sent or forwarded by others who choose to share the survey link. Please complete the survey only one time even if multiple requests are received, seen, or sent. I greatly appreciate your time, participation, and your support of occupational therapy research. Thanks and good luck! 

Use the blue arrows at the bottom of the page to advance the survey after responding, DO NOT use your browser's forward or back buttons as this will close the survey. Click here for Survey

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Camille Skubik-Peplaski Professor of Occupational Therapy

Jacqueline Schafer-Clay
Eastern Kentucky University

5/31/19: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

School-based Sensory Integration Survey

Hello! Are you a pediatric OT working in a school setting? 

You are invited to participate in a brief survey on sensory integration therapy intervention in the school setting. 

Your participation is valuable in order to understand how, when, and if school-based OT practitioners are providing sensory integration therapy intervention. 

Studies reflect that the majority of pediatric occupational therapist use sensory integration therapy as an intervention for children with sensory processing disorders. Current trends show that school-based occupational therapy has a growing presence in addressing this problem area. 

This survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and your responses will remain anonymous. We ask that you forward this survey to any additional pediatric school-based therapists within your professional and personal network. 

Click HERE to take the survey!

Faculty Mentor: Tara J. Glennon, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

If you have any questions please contact the co-investigator, Rochele Charles at or primary investigator, Tara Glennon at Tara.Glennon@ 
Thank you for your time! 

Rochele Charles, MS OTR/L 
Quinnipiac University Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program 

3/15/19: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation. 

Survey of Incivility in Occupational Therapy Fieldwork

We are MSOT students from San Jose State University in California. We are completing our capstone research project regarding incivility during level II fieldwork. Students’ perceptions of incivility during level II fieldwork (prevalence and type) is the focus of our study. Our target population is 2018 OT, OTD or OTA graduates. This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The findings will be presented at the Northern CA Fieldwork Council Conference.

Please click HERE to take the survey.

Faculty Mentor: Deborah Bolding, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Please contact Adriana Covarrubias, OTS, with any questions or concerns:

Deborah Bolding, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Lauren Bland, OTS, Aimee Castro, OTS, Adriana Covarrubias, OTS, Adrienne Dahlmeier, OTS, Travis Dudley, OTS
Occupational Therapy Program, San Jose State University 

3/17/19: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation. 

An Exploratory Study of the Perspectives of School-based Occupational Therapists about their Provision of Occupational Therapy Services to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Middle and High School Students with Disabilities

Calling school-based OTs! We are Masters of Occupational Therapy students at the University of Scranton, conducting an exploratory study supervised by Dr. Rita Fleming-Castaldy. We value your unique perspectives on the provision of occupational therapy services to address the mental health needs of middle and high school students with disabilities. Informed consent information can be found at the start of the survey. You may stop taking this survey at any point and it will not affect your relationship with the University of Scranton Occupational Therapy Department. We thank you for your thoughtful consideration of participation in this study. Please extend our invitation to licensed occupational therapists in the U.S. from your universities, organizations, or facilities. This survey should take approximately 25 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions or concerns about study participation, please contact Dr. Fleming-Castaldy at 

Please click HERE for the survey!

Faculty Mentor: Rita Fleming-Castaldy, Ph. D., OTR/L, FAOTA


Megan Barr, Kayla Concannon, Christine Evangelista, Jenna Gulics, OTS
The University of Scranton Occupational Therapy Department 

3/19/19: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation. 

The Occupational Therapy Process in Pediatric Oncology 

The student's senior honors thesis project seeks to explain the process that O.T. practitioners use when treating children with cancer. The student hopes to conduct phone interviews with occupational therapists who work in hospitals or rehabilitation centers with this population. Questions will be related to the therapists' professional background and the O.T. process used (e.g. theory, assessment, intervention, etc.); no questions will ask about patient information. The interview will be approximately 30-45 minutes.

Please contact Olivia Lee at 

Faculty Mentor: Debbie Waltermire, DrPH, OTR/L 

Olivia Lee
Elizabethtown College

3.23.19: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation. 

Differentiating & Screening for Hearing Loss and Dementia in OT

Hello everyone! I’m a third-year OT student at Huntington University doing my capstone research project on differentiation and screening for hearing loss and cognitive decline in occupational therapy (OT) practice. The purpose of my survey is to determine if OT practitioners in the U. S. have access to knowledge and tools to more effectively differentiate and screen for hearing loss and cognitive decline. I’m trying to collect a nationwide sample and I was wondering if you have a few minutes if you could take my survey: HERE

Thank you! 

For questions, please contact Taylor at 

Faculty Mentors: Al Yonovitz, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA, MAudSA (CCP) & Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR, CAPS 

Taylor Clough, OTDS
Huntington University & University of Montana

02/26/19: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation. 

Factors influencing clinical practice of occupational therapy practitioners in assessing and treating sleep problems

My name is Nabila Enam, MOTR/L and I am an occupational therapy post professional doctoral student at Salus University, PA. I am also an assistant professor at University of the Sciences, PA. I am conducting a survey to learn about occupational therapy practitioners’ clinical practice in the area of sleep problems within skilled nursing facilities. Your participation in the study would be greatly appreciated. The information we gain from this study may help advance occupational therapy practice to better serve patients’ needs related to sleep problems. This survey is anonymous and your responses will be kept confidential. You will need about 10 min to complete this survey. I will greatly appreciate your help.

If you work in SNF or sub acute sitting full time, part time or per-diem basis in NY, NJ, DE or PA area then Please e-mail me at (

For questions, please contact Nabila at

Faculty Mentors: Namrata Grampurohit, PhD

Nabila Enam, MOTR/L
Salus University

02/10/19: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation. 

Efficacy of an Online Journal Club

Occupational therapy practitioners often experience barriers to implementing evidence-based research into daily practice. Participating in journal clubs have shown to improve knowledge and skills in implementing existing research into current practice. However, many clinicians lack time to meet in person. Online journal club participation can solve all of these obstacles by allowing the practitioner to engage in evidence-based research with other clinicians at their convenience, in an asynchronous format, in a supportive environment. 
If you are a member of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA), the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA) or have been referred by a member, have access to a working computer with Internet access, Adobe PDF access, Microsoft Office access, are willing to register for a Gmail account, are actively licensed within the state of Pennsylvania or North Carolina, are proficient in reading and writing in English, and can commit to the six-week timeframe of this project you are eligible to participate in this study.

Please click HERE for further information on this project.

If interested in participating in this project, please email directly:

Faculty mentor: Dr. Janet Bucey, OTR/L, OTD

Bernadette Schmeltz, OTR/L
Chatham University

01/25/19: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Understanding How Objects Influence Choice of Functional Activities by Occupational Therapists

An occupational therapy student and POTA member are working together on a research study investigating the use of therapeutic objects during stroke therapy. If you are an occupational therapist (OT) or an OT assistant who has experience with stroke therapy, we ask that you please use the link below to complete a short survey. Your responses would be instrumental to the completion of the research. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes to complete, and you will be entered into a raffle with the chance to win an iPod shuffle if you participate. Please also feel free to forward this message and survey link along to your OT colleagues who have experience with stroke therapy. Thank you for your consideration. Click Here for the survey.

In the meanwhile, if you have any questions please feel free to email the project coordinator, Alexandria Pierce, at

Faculty mentor: Rochelle Mendonca, PhD, OTR/L

Alexandria Pierce, OTS MOT Candidate
Temple University

01/31/2019: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Perceptions and Practices of School-Based Occupational Therapy Practitioners (OTPs) on Collaboration with Teachers

Calling All USA School-based OTs and OTAs
You’re invited to participate in a 10 minute survey to explore the perception and practices of OTPs collaborating with teachers in school-based setting. Participation in this anonymous survey is voluntary. Feel free to forward this survey to colleagues and contacts in school-based practice. Your time is appreciated. Thank you!

Please click HERE for the survey!

Contact for any questions. 

Faculty mentor: Dr. Courtney Richards 

Vera Gallagher OTR/L, co-investigator 
Post-professional doctoral student at Quinnipiac University

01/05/2019: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


State OT Association Membership Survey

My name is Rachel Romero, and I am in the process of achieving my post-professional OTD from Boston University. I am currently employed as a pediatric occupational therapist in Miami, FL. For my OTD project, I am surveying OTs and OTAs regarding why or why not they are members of their State OT Association. I currently serve as the Membership Chair for the Florida OT Association, and I am very intrigued by the membership trends of State OT Associations in recent years. I understand that all associations could benefit from improved membership, and I hope that this survey will contribute to positive membership trends for the future. I am hoping to better understand why therapists choose to become members, and why they do not. This survey will also inquire about what State OT Associations can do to improve, and how the associations perform when delivering commonly cited member benefits.

Please fill out the survey by clicking HERE. Thank you!!

For any questions contact the project coordinator, Rachel Romero at

Faculty mentor: Leanne Yinusa Nyahkoon, ScD, OTR/L

Rachel Romero, OTD Candidate
Boston University

12/17/2018: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Usual Care for Autism Survey (UCAS)

Providers in the greater Philadelphia area who work with youth with autism, CLICK HERE for more information and instructions to participate in this survey to gather information about strategies used to support children with autism. Feel free to share this link with other providers in your area. 

6/12/18: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Does a series of online educational modules increase knowledge about evidence-based practice and confidence in applying it to practice for occupational therapists? 

Evidence-based practice is where it is at! Do you want to become part of the movement? 
In many practice settings, occupational therapists are faced with reducing costs and increasing quality, productivity, and efficiency, but lack the means to achieve them. Evidence-based practice provides the skills and resources to meet these measures. 

By taking the steps to become an evidence-based practitioner, you will support clinical decision-making by integrating research evidence with your wisdom and the preferences of the clients you serve.

If you are an occupational therapist and a member of the POTA, have a working computer with Internet access and a valid email address, are proficient in reading and writing English, and are able to commit to the six-week timeframe of the project, then you qualify for this opportunity! 

Sign up by November 15, 2017 to be considered for this free, online, six-week educational experience. The first 20 individuals who qualify will be enrolled. You will earn a Certificate of Completion from Chatham University that can be applied towards professional development. 

Look for details in your feed regarding the specifics of this project that will take place in early January 2018. 

In the meanwhile, if you have any questions please feel free to email the project coordinator, Jennifer Maloney, at 

Faculty mentor: Ingrid Provident, EdD, OTR/L

Respond by November 15, 2017

10/15/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


COOPerate to Rejuvenate After Stroke

We are occupational therapy students at Chatham University. Our Evidence-Based Practice Capstone examines the use of Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach with persons who have experienced a stroke. This project was designed to determine clinician awareness and prevalence of the use of the CO-OP approach.

As an occupational therapy clinician, we are inviting you to answer questions about your awareness and use of CO-OP. In addition, we welcome your participation in expressing your opinions and experiences. Completion of this electronic questionnaire will take approximately 5-10 minutes.

In order to complete the survey, please CLICK HERE.

Lori Spires, OTS
Jodi Schreiber, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT 
Chatham University 

8/27/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Keeping the Spirit: Dementia and Spiritual Care 

This survey was developed by Chatham University occupational therapy graduate students involved in an evidence-based project. Based on the current literature, these students have been exploring spirituality in relation to treating clients with dementia. Please direct your responses as it relates to your work with individuals with dementia as an occupational therapist. CLICK HERE to participate.

Thank you for your participation in this evidence-based project. 

Samantha Major, OTS
Sharon D. Novalis, PhD, OTR/L
Chatham University

8/27/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


OT's Role in Addressing Substance Use

We are occupational therapy students at Chatham University. Our Evidence-Based Practice Capstone examines the role of occupational therapy when addressing substance use. This questionnaire will take approximately 5-10 minutes. 

We appreciate your participation and thank you for your time! CLICK HERE to complete the survey. 

Thank you for participating in this survey!

Jessica Moritz, OTS
Sharon Novalis, PhD, OTR/L and Amy Mattila, PhD, OTR/L
Chatham University 

8/27/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Trauma-Informed Care: A model for OT practice survey

We are Chatham University OT students conducting a survey examining the use of Trauma-Informed Care in the occupational therapy field. Any occupational therapy practitioners are welcome to participate in this survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary and answers will be kept confidential. Click HERE to access our survey. 
Please feel free to share this survey with other occupational therapy practitioners. Thank you for participating in this survey!
Nicole Haynes, OTS
Sharon Novalis, PhD, OTR/L and Amy Mattila, PhD, OTR/L
Chatham University

8/27/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Health Literacy: How Do You Communicate?

This survey was developed by four Chatham University Master of Occupational Therapy students for the purposes of an evidence based project. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and all answers provided will remain completely anonymous. No personal identifying information will be asked of you. The survey will be used to gather occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant perspectives on the techniques used to communicate with individuals who have limited health literacy. The results will be analyzed and used during an aggregate poster presentation, wherein all sources of information will remain anonymous. Click HERE to participate.

Megan Carns, OTS
Theresa Delbert MS, OTR/L

8/27/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Occupational Therapists in The United States 

We are Occupational Therapy students at The University of Central Arkansas seeking your help with a research project. This research study is designed to examine the proportion of Occupational Therapists in The United States currently using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) or referring their clients for CAM use. This study also looks to see what the most common CAMs and reasons for using those CAMs are among OTR/Ls. 

CLICK HERE to participate in survey. 

If you have any questions, please contact Reagan Parsons at Thanks for your time!

Reagan Parsons, OTS
Logan McDaniels, OTS
Lindsey Mooney, OTS
Lee Rodgers, OTS 
LaVonna Traywick, PhD. (advisor) 

7/3/17:  This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Evidence-Based Sensory Interventions: Perceptions, Knowledge, and Practices of Occupational Therapy Practitioners 

Hello Colleagues I am conducting a survey in order to gain an in-depth understanding of occupational therapy practitioners’ perceptions of sensory-based interventions, and evidence-based practice. Your opinions are important, and this survey is your chance to express those opinions. The survey measures opinions and perceptions, which means there are no "right" or "wrong" responses. I would like to get your participation in order to ensure that each and every occupational therapy practitioners’ voice is heard. Please be aware that your responses to the questionnaire are completely anonymous. I will not be able to attribute responses to any individual. I have chosen this approach to ensure that you feel confident and able to give feedback. Please give it your prompt attention. The questionnaire will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. This project has been approved by Quinnipiac University’s Institutional Review Board. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Denese Carter, BS, OTR/L at or Tara Glennon, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA at Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please forward this survey link to other occupational therapy practitioners.

Denese Carter, BS, OTR/L
Tara Glennon, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

Quinnipiac University

3/15/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Types of Interventions being Utilized with Clients in Skilled Nursing Facilities

The purpose of this survey is to explore the types of interventions being utilized with clients by occupational therapy practitioners in skilled nursing facilities (SNF). The target population for this study are occupational therapy practitioners who are currently employed in SNFs. This research is being conducted by four graduate students at Chatham University in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program under the guidance of Dr. Cathy Dolhi, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA. The survey includes a list of interventions commonly used at skilled nursing facilities, a frequency of use scale, and will require demographic information. Completion of the survey should not exceed 10 minutes. Short answer responses will be optional. 

Thank You,
Dr. Cathy Dolhi, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Chatham University

8/19/16: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

OT's Working in Adult Settings with Patients ages 18 and Up

The target population for this survey is occupational therapy practitioners working in adult settings with patients ages 18+. The purpose of this survey is to investigate the degree to which occupational therapy practitioners routinely address sexuality with clients. This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Researchers have obtained IRB approval to protect participants' identities and preserve anonymity. 

Thank you, 
Cathy Dolhi, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Chatham University

8/28/16: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioners

This survey is intended for pediatric occupational therapy practitioners. Completing the questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability. Please do not put your name or any other identifying information on the questionnaire. If so desired, you may choose not to participate at all. You may withdraw at any time for any reason. Also, you may skip any questions that you do not feel comfortable answering. By participating in the survey, you will be implying consent and any information used will remain anonymous and cannot be connected to you. Any information you provide anonymously may be utilized in an MOT evidence based capstone project.

Thank you for your participation!
Joyce Salls, OTR/L, OTD
Chatham University

8/22/16: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Occupational Therapists' use of Driving Simulators

The purpose of this research is to identify if and how occupational therapists are using driving simulators in their clinical settings. I want individuals who like and do not like driving simulators to answer the survey. By doing this research, I hope to ascertain how we can educate, assist, or facilitate effective use of this potentially useful tool. You are being invited to take part in this research you have a driving simulator. The amount of time it will take you to complete this survey is less than 10 minutes, unless you have additional comments. If you agree to take part in this survey, you will be only asked questions that relate to driving simulators, your clinical setting and the type of clients you serve. ECU’s Institutional Review Board oversees this research. Therefore, some of the IRB members or the IRB staff may need to review my research data. However, the information you provide will not be linked to you. In fact, the links will be anonymous, thus, your responses cannot be traced back to you by anyone, including me.

Thank you,

Anne Dickerson, PhD, OTR/L, SCDCM, FAOTA
East Carolina University

4/1/16: This survey is now closed, thanks for your participation!

Occupational Therapists and Continuing Education 

Participate in a research study to examine the factors, perceptions and attitudes of occupational therapy practitioners in relation to continuing professional education. You are being invited to participate if you are licensed to practice OT in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please follow the link below for further instructions.

Thank you!

Tracy Nornhold, MEd, OTR/L
Pinnacle Health System

4/30/16: This survey is now closed, thanks for your participation!

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