Faculty-Student Research

Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy

Students in the master’s program engage in research design, data collection, data analysis, and research study reporting throughout the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty and participate as research assistants in faculty-driven research studies. Many faculty-student collaborations have resulted in publications and national and state conference presentations.

Below are some examples of current research topics and recent scholarship derived from faculty-student research projects.

Homeless and Formerly Homeless Adults


Gutman, S. A., Douglas, D., Carmiencke, A., Freudman, L., Huerta, M., McCaa, M., . . . Schreibman, D. (2018). Assessing environmental safety modifications in the chronically ill sheltered homeless: A pilot study. Annals of International Occupational Therapy. https://doi.org/10.3928/24761222-20180620-04

Gutman, S. A., Barnett, S., Fischman, L., Halpern, J., Hester, G., Kerrisk, C., . . . Wang, H. (in press). Pilot effectiveness of a stress management program for sheltered homeless adults with mental illness: A two group controlled study. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.

Gutman, S. A., Raphael-Greenfield, E. I., Berg, J., Agnese, A., Gross, S., Hashmi, S., . . . Weiss, D. (in press). Feasibility and satisfaction of an apartment living program for homeless adults with mental illness and substance use disorder. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes.

Gutman, S. A., Amarantos, K., Berg, J., Aponte, M., Gordillo, D., Peery, A., . . . Schluger, Z. (2018). Home safety fall and accident risk in the prematurely aging, formerly homeless. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 7204195030.https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.028050

Women with ADHD

Gutman, S. A., Balasubramanian, S., Herzog, M., Kim, E., Swirnow, H., Retig, Y., & Wolff, S. (in press). Effectiveness of a tailored intervention for women with ADHD and ADHD symptoms: A randomized controlled study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Cerebral Palsy

Hester, G., & Dimitropoulou, K. (2018). Chair Yoga for Cerebral Palsy and Hemispherectomy: An Applied Research Study. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference at the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Community Based Programming

Grajo, L., Simon, P. Stoner, M., Hogan, M., Miller, C., Peery, A.,… Miller, J. (September, 2017). Developing skills in community-based programming. OT Practice, 22(17),19-2