Collaborative Research and Evidence Among Therapists and Educators (CREATE) Day CREATE Day is a clinical education program presented by occupational therapy graduate students in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University. Students conduct a systematic review of the literature on key topic areas that reflect current occupational therapy practice trends. The presentations include an introduction of the topic, literature review methods, and thematic results of the evidence. Implications for practice and research are discussed.

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Submissions from 2016

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Ergonomic Intervention for Injury Prevention in Healthcare Personnel: A Systematic Review, Marisa Andrews, OTS; Kory Collier, OTS; Erin Dougherty, OTS; and Alyssa Vidovich, OTS

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Reframe the Pain: A Systematic Review of Occupational Therapy Interventions to Promote Quality of Life for Adults with Fibromyalgia, Alyssa Armstrong, OTS; Jonathan Forkin, OTS; Emma Jablonski, OTS; Shelby Moyer, OTS; and Suzanne Sager, OTS

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Aging in Place: Technology and Independence for Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Mikael Avery, OTS; Devon Barber, OTS; Maggie Derstine, OTS; and Clarice Licon, OTS

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Losing a Limb, Regaining Independence: A Systematic Review of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Lower Extremity Amputations, Davis Berzins, OTS; Jennifer Cohen, OTS; Jamie A. Frank, OTS; Gabrielle Kirk, OTS; and Jennifer Mitchell, OTS

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Therapeutic Interventions for the Treatment of Infants Exposed to Drugs and Alcohol in Utero, Faigie Bier, OTS; Elizabeth Fenn, OTS; Angela Kochobay, OTS; Katie Moran, OTS; and Kavita Naik, OTS

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Retrain Your Brain: A Systematic Review of Functional Electrical Stimulation’s Effect on ADL Participation Post-Stroke, Alyssa Brief, OTS; Jimmy Cassel, OTS; Rachael Kaufman, OTS; Caitlin Knudsen, OTS; and Sharon Krause, OTS

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Not Just a “Touch of the Sugars”: The Use of Occupational Therapy Interventions to Promote Independence in Diabetes Self-Management, Eric Bull, OTS; Juliana Sullivan, OTS; Jenna Devaney, OTS; Jillian Fader, OTS; and Kathleen Sheppard, OTS

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Stand Tall, Don’t Fall: A Systematic Review on the Effectiveness of Tai Chi for Improving Balance in Healthy Older Adults, Miya Cho, OTS; Moira Frain, OTS; Courtney Monk, OTS; Caitlin O'Neill, OTS; and Kathryn Ricciardi, OTS

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OT on Demand: A Systematic Review of Telehealth for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, Seanti Clapham, OTS; Denise G. Doria, OTS; Celine Li, OTS; Michele Mathew, OTS; and Lauren Morosky, MAT, OTS

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Can I have your attention? (and keep it): Interventions to improve executive function skills in children post-traumatic brain injury, Brianna Clee, OTS; Brianna Fecondo, OTS; Sara Johnson, OTS; and Catherine Misczak, OTS

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You’ve Got Time: Occupational Therapy’s Role in the Juvenile Justice System, Monica Dasgupta, OTS; Jenna Hannan, OTS; Helena Riekena, OTS; and Samantha Susson, OTS

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Keeping Up with the Preemies: Early Interventions in Occupational Therapy for Children Born Premature, Jennifer Donnelly, OTS; Angela Mancini, OTS; Heidi Miller, OTS; and Taylor Vile, OTS

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Occupational Therapy Interventions for Activities of Daily Living in Adults with Osteoarthritis, Amanda Gilroy, OTS; Anna Guthrie, OTS; Tierney Guido, OTS; and Maura Iacobucci, OTS

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Occupational Therapy in Preventative Care: Promoting Cardiovascular Health in Underserved Women, David Goldstein, OTS; Rachel Marlow, OTS; Katherine Nelson, OTS; Megan Smith, OTS; and Phoi Truong, OTS

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Fall Prevention Interventions for Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Monica Heacock, OTS; Erin Kelly, OTS; June Park, OTS; Alex Muscella, OTS; and Tony Thierolf, OTS

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The Role of Occupational Therapy When Working with Adults Who Have Experienced Trauma, Amanda Joseph, OTS; Rebecca Lillquist, OTS; and Rebecca Noyovitz, OTS

Submissions from 2015

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Early Mobilization in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU): A Systematic Review, Lara Belasco, OTS; Shannon Dixon, OTS; Nina Pesce, OTS; and Jennifer Wong, OTS

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A Systematic Review: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Cognitive Standardized Assessments Following Stroke in Acute Care, Gina Benedetto, Jordan Bernhard, and Lauren Henriques

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Reach for the Stars: Improving Upper Extremity Function After Spinal Cord Injury, Carlisle Bland, OTS; Molly Bucciero, OTS; Shelby Hankins, OTS; Blair Krevitz, OTS; and Nicole Matyas, OTS

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I Think Therefore I Can. A Systematic Review of Metacognitive Strategies and their Impact on Occupational Performance in Adults Following Stroke, Kerry Canton, OTS; Chelsea DiFrancesco, OTS; Christy Geaney, OTS; Sarah Jamieson, OTS; and Jessica Talarico, OTS

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Transformed By Injury Occupational Therapy's Role in Return to work following a TBI, Jacqueline Conklin, Colleen Pflaumer, and Tara Venables

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Staying in School: A Systematic Review of Interventions for Individuals with Mental Illness, Amanda Contreras, OTS; Anna Gardner, OTS; Ester Goldman, OTS; and Jenny Nguyen, OTS

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Making It Work: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Adaptations for Successful Employment, Kelsey Curran, Julia Huntington, Amanda Siefert, Kristina Slog, Meagan Stromer, and Kristina Toussaint

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Risky Business: A Systematic Review of Strategies to Promote Healthy Sexual Activity in Adults Over Age 50, Rachel L. Dumont, OTS; Nellie Gotebeski, OTS; Abigail Rude, OTS; and Sydney Talbot, OTS

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Using Interprofessional Education & Simulation-based Learning in Health Profession Curricula to Improve Competence & Confidence: A Systematic Review, Danielle Elfand, OTS; Briana Elson, OTS; and Courtney Hudson, OTS

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A World of Opportunities: Community Reintegration for Individuals with Brain Injury, Francine Gebbia, OTS; Amy Miller, OTS; Marianella Sanchez, OTS; Erica Serviolo, OTS; and David Turoff, OTS

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PromOTing Quality of Life for Individuals with Huntington’s Disease, Lyndsay Gentile, OTS; Mallory Koch, OTS; Elyse McCabe, OTS; Jessica Royal, OTS; and Sarah Sadofsky, OTS

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Interventions for Improving Occupational Performance Post-Concussion in Children and Adolescents: A Scoping Review, Abigail Gilmore, OTS; Amy Gottesman, OTS; Sarah Kauper, OTS; Michelle Malon, OTS; Brianna Schwoyer, OTS; and Alisha Unternahrer, OTS

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A Systematic Review of the Literature: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Interventions for Depression, Chelsea Johnston-Twining, Ashley Dillinger, Jessie Mooers, and Christopher Plunkett

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Back in the Saddle: A Systematic Review of Occupational Therapy Interventions that Facilitate Return-to-Work, Preston W. Lockwood, OTS; Julie Luu, OTS; Brady McGuire, OTS; and Jay Skaria, OTS

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Systematic Review: Occupational Therapy & Improving Social Participation for At-Risk Youth in School, Danielle Nowak, Jennifer Rodriguez, Elise Tranter, and Sarah Weinberg

Submissions from 2014

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Sensational Students: Evidence to Support Sensory-based Interventions for Fine Motor Performance, Jessica Arneson, OTS; Michelle Gorman, OTS; Lauren Kanaskie, OTS; Kim Nguyen, OTS; and Alex Wolfgang-Price, OTS

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The Overlooked Deficits of Acquired Brain Injury: Bringing Visual Rehabilitation into Focus, Jennifer Bebey, Meredith McCaffery, Caitlin McCormick, Erika Ortiz, and Yolanda Scarpati

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Building Strength in Survivors: Biomechanical Interventions for Women Status Post Breast Cancer Surgery, Molly Benner, OTS; Abigail Billingsley, OTS; Rachael Black, OTS; and Susanna Daniels, OTS

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Post Stroke Apraxia: The Best Way to Plan to Move and Get Moving!, Stephanie Bennett, BS, OTS; Harpreet Kaur, BS; and Genna Wallerstein, BA, OTS

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Caring for the Caregiver: Strategies to Support Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia, Lauren Bleiler, OTS; Jillian Carl, OTS; James Jang, OTS; Pam Keats, OTS; and Michelle Leister, OTS

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Food for Thought: Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions to Improve Feeding and Eating in Children, Maria Cerase, BS, OTS; Alyssa Faigle, BS, OTS; Elizabeth Hunsinger, BA, OTS; and Erin Manus, BS, OTS

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WiiHabilitation: The Effect of Interactive Gaming on Upper Extremity Functioning in Adults with Stroke, Lauren Donlan, OTS; Emily Tetley, OTS; Laurence Ledesma, OTS; and Danielle Olivieri, OTS

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DiverseOT: Increasing diversity within the field of Occupational Therapy, Jocelyn Dressel, OTS; Erin Shervinskie, OTS; and Lauren Yaker, OTS

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No Bodies Perfect: The Role of Occupational Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Kelsey Engelstad, Kelsey Fair, Brittany Grady, Ashley Haly, and Allison Salvo

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Serving Those Who Served Us First: Evidence to Support Effective Interventions for Returning Veterans, Kelly Fiocco, Dana Tavares, and Tracey Barretto

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Systematic Review: Occupational Therapy and Chronic Conditions in Primary Care, John Flood, Jillian Petty, Noreen Reidy, and Shannon Whyte

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What's Next: Improving Community Participation For Individuals with s Serious Mental Illness: A Systematic Review of the Literature, Tova Ganz, LeeAnne Kashner, Adam Remich, and Natalie Torres

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Tools to Increase Quality of Life and Decrease Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults, Annie Gofberg OTS, BA; Jackie Carroll OTS, BA; Jillian Strober-Horowitz OTS, BS; Seema Gandhi OTS, BS; and Stephanie Esgro, OTS, BS

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Promoting Health in Mental Health, Alexandra Harkins, OTS; Elise Leizerovich, OTS; Elizabeth Shieh Fiuczynski, M.Ed, OTS; Sasha Pisapia, M.Ed, OTS; and Bethany Shipman - Meyer

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Sensational Aging: Evidence on the Use of Sensory-Based Interventions for Adults with Dementia, Alexis Huesgen, Jacqueline Michel, Lauren Rickard, and Magie Rickert

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Beyond the Burn: Psychosocial Interventions for Burn Survivors, Brittany Jemmoua, MS, CCLS, OTS; Ryan Laliberte, OTS; Mollie Magee, OTS; Justin Sutter, OTS; and Danielle Pascetta, OTS

Submissions from 2013

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Thinking Through the Chemo-Fog: Occupational Therapy’s Role in Promoting Participation in Adults with Breast Cancer, Amanda Ally, Lisa Ferguson, Emily Grabow, Katrina Long, and Alisha Sharp

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Paws with a Purpose: Evidence Supporting the Use of Animal Assisted Therapy to Improve Quality of Life in Adults with Psychiatric Diagnoses, Julia Andraka, Lacey Brinser, Kelly D'Ambrosio, Jordan Justice, and Elizabeth Rugen

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Transitions for Tomorrow: An Evidence-Based Review of Post-Secondary Transition Planning for Individuals with Autism, Julie Bardenwerper, James Gillette, Elizabeth Luk, Hilary Moser, and Alanna Raffel

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Beyond Piecework: Employment for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Kelly Brandwene, Ilese Coleman, Adva Epstein, Alyssa Peachey, and Lauren Rosenthal

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You've Got a Friend in Me: Effectiveness of Social Skills Interventions for Children with ADHD, Michelle Carlton, Kelly Davis, Jacquelyn Matlack, and Marietta Van Ness

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Can't Hold Me Back! Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy for Children with CP: Evidence Based Review, Rebecca Coale, Danni Eisner, Alissa Herman, and Sarah Merhaut

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Doing it Well: Education to Promote Satisfaction with Sexual Intimacy for People with Spinal Cord Injury, Allison Duggan, Erin Maniscalco, Dannielle Miccinello, Lauren Pasciuto, and Catherine Scaccia

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Technology in Practice: Promoting Participation in Patients with High Level of Spinal Cord Injury, Morgan Gill, Kate Nuschke, Kaitlin O'Sullivan, Casey Puvogel, and Alex Sagnor

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Falling into Home Mods: Occupational Therapy’s Role in Keeping Older Adults Safe at Home, Elizabeth Janeczko, Brendan Kiernan, Mary Susan Paige, Stephanie Reitemeier, and Joshua Springer

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Rehabilitative Interventions to Improve Biomechanical or Functional Outcomes for Children with Obstetric Brachial Plexus Palsy, Loren Massimino, Erin Mulrain, Katherine Scheponik, Rachel Wiley, and Houman Ziai

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Clinical Effectiveness of Motor Imagery Post-Stroke: An Evidence Based Review, Azadeh Narimanian, Amanda Reese, Karina Ryabo, Rachel Shepp, and Annalisa Synnestvedt

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Dementia and Technology: Evidence Supporting Assistive Technology for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, Diana Skoutelas, Christine Tanner, Gabriella Vulpis, and Gittel Zelczer