The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) capstone project and formal presentation is the final milestone in the doctoral candidate's curriculum. The formal presentation to academic and clinical communities showcases the culmination of an individual capstone project and experience completed by each doctoral candidate that is suitable for dissemination upon graduation.

To learn more about Jefferson's Occupational Therapy Doctorate program, please visit their website.


Submissions from 2022

Empowering Individuals with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: Designing Assistive Devices via an Embedded Interdisciplinary Education Program Between Occupational Therapy and Industrial Design, Kyndra Adams; Andrew Berger; Kimberly S. Mollo, BFA, OTD, OTR/L; Tod Corlett, MID, IDSA; and Eric Schneider, BFA, MS IDSA, RSA

Outcomes of the NuroSleeve and Occupational Therapy on Upper Extremity Function of an Individual with Chronic Stroke: A Case Report, Jeremy P. Armstrong

Engaging Stakeholders as Advisors on the Design of a Large-Scale Calibration Study of the Spinal Cord Injury Movement Index (SCI-MI) Item Pools., Olivia M. Biller and M J Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L, FASIA

SENSE-able teams: Interdisciplinary perceptions of supports and barriers to implementing sensory-based interventions in early intervention classrooms, Margaret Booth; Kathleen Carr; Alex Logue, OTD, OTR/L; and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

Autism-Friendly Vision Exams: An Adapted, Evidence-Informed Manual to Support Individualized Sensory Interventions in Vision Centers, Rachel Boyer and Roseann Schaaf, Phd,OTR/L/FAOTA

Reshaping Perspectives: Exploring Occupational Therapy's Role in Servicing Individuals from Historically Marginalized Groups and Environments, Iris W. Burns; Adair Sanchez; and Tina M. DeAngelis, EdD, MS, OTR/L

Refinement of a Bucket of Spinal Cord Injury Movement Index (SCI-MI) Items for Administration Acutely After Spinal Cord Injury, Martha K. Childress and M J Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L, FASIA

Examining the Feasibility of Incorporating the Virtual Dementia Tour into Healthcare Education, Sarah Dever and E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L FAOTA

OT student Perspectives: Exploring factors contributing to success, Chelsea E. Fagan; Madeline Humphries; and Rebecca Sinko, MS, OTD, OTR/L, CLA

Addressing Loneliness and Chronic Disease Management in Older adults: Piloting the Liberating Loneliness Program in Primary Care, Bethany Lin and Tracey Vause Earland, PhD, OTR/L,FNAP

Supporting Autistic Individuals in Healthcare: Development and Implementation of Evidence-Based Trainings on Sensory Needs, Danielle Lynn and Roseann Schaaf, Phd,OTR/L/FAOTA

Evaluating Progress: Perceptions and Assessments in an Intensive Pain Rehabilitation Program, Hal Martin; Miranda Powers; and Allison Giannone, OTD, OTR/L

From Seeds to Roses: Cultivating OT Practice Though a Coaching Approach, Katherine Sailor; Natalie Coronado; and Marie-Christine Potvin, PhD, OTR/L

Making Space for Occupational Therapy in Collaborative Mental Health Care, Anabelle Scalora; Sam Sutton; and Tina M. DeAngelis, EdD, MS, OTR/L

Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities/Downs Syndrome and Dementia: A Resource Program, Sydney Smith and E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Occupational Therapy's Role in Serious Mental Illness, Sam Sutton, Anabelle Scalora, and Tina DeAngelis

Supporting Caregivers of Older Adults Managing Chronic Conditions Using an Occupational Therapy Approach, Sarah Yemane, Ed.M and Tracey Vause Earland, PhD, OTR/L, FNAP

Submissions from 2021

Redefining Sensory Preferences: Outcomes from a Pilot Design Collaboration for Individuals Living with Intellectual Disabilities to Promote Access, Awareness, and Acceptance in the Community through the Community Sensory Profile (CSP), Christopher Acquafredda; Kimberly S. Mollo, OTD; Elizabeth Shirrell, MFA; Sarah McNabb, MEd, OTD; Michael Barrett, OTD; and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD

Breaking Barriers: The Role of Occupational Therapy for Individuals Who Are/Have Been Unhoused, Alexa Arnold; Carly Black; and Tina DeAngelis, EdD

Spinal Cord Injury Movement Index (SCI-MI):Development of an Item Pool Amenable to Administration Early after Spinal Cord Injury, Hannah Dalton and M J Mulcahey, PhD

Neuroplastic changes as a result of coaching: A narrative review, Giulia Heydeman and M J Mulcahey, PhD

Cooking Up Skills for Independent Living: Promoting Engagement through Inclusive Design for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Cynthia Jih; Kimberly Mollo, OTD; Elizabeth Shirrell, MFA; Sarah McNabb, MEd, OTD; Michael Barrett, OTD; and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD

Understanding the Resettlement Experience of Newcomers in Philadelphia: Identification of Meaningful Daily Life Activities – Furthering Image Development and Item Tracking, Zoe Kress; Molly McKim, MA; and Stephen Kern, PhD

The Liberating Loneliness Program: An Evidence-Informed Protocol for Addressing Loneliness Among Older Adults in Primary Care, Alissa Laham and Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD

Exploring the Impact of Individualized Action Plans on Feelings of Loneliness and Self-Efficacy Among Older Adults in Primary Care, Mary Kate Lyons and Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD

“I could really use this”: Learning coaching in a non-traditional fieldwork setting, Alexis Morales; Erin West; and Marie-Christine Potvin, PhD

Designing a sensory friendly environment to enhance participation in healthcare for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lady Rios-Vega; Roseann Schaaf, PhD; and Amy Carroll, OTD

Supports and opportunities for neurodiversity inclusive practices at Jefferson, Caitlin Rosica; Roseann Schaaf, PhD; and Amy Carroll, OTD

Usefulness of the NTG-EDSD: Evaluating the Validity of a Screening Tool for Dementia in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Margaret Ryan; Allison Tuso; and Adel Herge, OTD

Wellness Oriented Regulation Toolbox for a Healthier You (WORTHY): An Accessible Tool for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities with a foundation in Inclusive Design, Mishayla Smith; Kimberly Mollo, OTD; Elizabeth Shirrell, MFA; Sarah McNabb, MEd, OTD; Michael Barrett, OTD; and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD

WE-ROOT: Planting Seeds Together to Promote Social Participation and Physical Wellness in Youth with Psychosis, Caitlin Taylor; Sarah Zagorac; and Tina DeAngelis, EdD

Submissions from 2020

Spine Range of Motion Measurement Training Protocol: A Reliability Study, Madelyn Adams and M J Mulcahey, PhD

Health Coaching in Context for Caregivers of Youth with SCI: A Feasibility Study, Bernadette Alpajora and M J Mulcahey, PhD

Identifying, Implementing, and Measuring Knowledge Translation Strategies through Collaborative Industrial Design and Occupational Therapy Curricula, Michael Patrick Barrett; Sarah McNabb, MEd; and Kimberly Mollo, OTD

Barriers and Facilitators for Neurotechnologies Upper Limb Rehabilitation, Samantha Burke; Cecilia Pivarunas; and Namrata Grampurohit, PhD

Utilizing Occupational Therapy Programming to Improve Locus of Control and Employability of Young Adults Who Have Experienced Homelessness, Jennifer Doto; Sonny Misa; and Tina DeAngelis, EdD

Translating an Evidence-based Program for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia: Skills2Care®-Intellectual Disability, Jennifer Hsu and Adel Herge, OTD

What is Staff Perception on Barriers and Facilitators to Violence Free Living for Survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse, Richard Jeffries and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD

Spinal Cord Injury Movement Index (SCI-MI): Fine Motor Domain, Rachel Y. Kim and M J Mulcahey, PhD

An Advanced Staff Training Program for Direct Support Providers Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia, Rebecca Langbein and Adel Herge, OTD

Team Teaching and Professional Development in Higher Education: Educator Perspectives, Courtney Mulligan; Haley Moshier; and Rebecca Sinko, OTD

Evaluating Caregiver Needs and the Feasibility of an Occupational Therapy Consultation Service to Caregivers of People with Dementia in a Geriatrics Ambulatory Clinic, Stefani Samuels and Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD

Students Perceptions of Occupational-Therapy Based Coaching in Post-Secondary Education, Gabriella Santos; Erin Harrington; and Marie-Christine Potvin, PhD

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Increasing Exercise in Older Adults: A Pilot Study, Tarun Sharma and Tracey Vause-Earland, PhD

Understanding the Resettlement Experience for Newcomers in Philadelphia: Identification of Meaningful Daily Life Activities, Liza Sherretta; Sarah Weinblatt; and Stephen Kern, PhD

Assessment of Fidelity to Health Coaching in Context, Taylor Sivori and M J Mulcahey, PhD

Compassion Fatigue and Job Satisfaction Among Domestic Violence Agency Staff, Gabrielle White and Lydia Navarro-Walker, OTD