Research Surveys and Volunteers

Please consider supporting OT research by participating in these current practitioner and student surveys and volunteer opportunities.

An Exploratory Study of Life Skill Programs in High School

Primary Investigator: Megan Bewernitz, PhD, OTR/L; Jacksonville University
Student Researchers: Mary Dartez, Megan Lane, Logan Luke, Angel Michaels, and Katie Stallings

Research deadline: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Our graduate student research team from Jacksonville University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy program invite you to participate in a survey that seeks feedback on occupational therapists’ feelings of preparedness to speak on the implications of lifestyle modifications (lifestyle modification involves altering long-term habits, typically regarding eating habits or physical activity levels) in chronic disease prevention or management. This research study will help to improve the understanding of the education needed for occupational therapists to feel more comfortable and confident when implementing interventions related to healthy lifestyle behaviors for their clients.

If you agree to participate, click on the link provided below to access a brief survey. The survey takes approximately 5-15 minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary, and your responses will remain anonymous.

The link to the survey and consent is: 

For concerns, you may contact the principal investigator, Dr. Megan Bewernitz, from the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at Jacksonville University at (904) 256-8918 or The study has been approved by the Jacksonville Institutional Review Board, JU IRB 2020-083.

If you know of any OT practitioners willing to participate, we encourage you to share the link provided with them.

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Level II Fieldwork Education: Perceptions on Non-traditional Supervision Models

Primary Investigators: Michelle Forfa, MS, OTR/L, Rebecca Simmon, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Christine Helfrich, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Research deadline: Monday, February 28, 2021

The purpose of the study is to explore and document fieldwork educator’s perspective on the challenges, benefits, and motivating factors associated with level II fieldwork student supervision. The results of the study will assist academic fieldwork coordinators in better targeting fieldwork educator concerns through creation of resources, educational modules, and support services.

The survey (linked below) is completely voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time. The questionnaire is anonymous, and respondents will not be identified in anyway. We are interested in your honest opinions and appreciate your time in responding to our survey. The questionnaire should take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this important effort. Your answers will make a significant contribution to our understanding of challenges effecting level II fieldwork education. If you would like a summary of our findings, please contact the lead investigator, Michelle Forfa, MS, OTR/L via email at . We would be happy to share our findings when the study is complete.

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Occupational therapy practitioners’ perspectives on providing services to patients diagnosed with COVID-19

Student Researcher & Primary Investigator: Emily Maas; American International College

Research deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021

The purpose of this study is to analyze how occupational therapy practitioners were impacted by COVID-19. This survey should take approximately 8 minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary and may be discontinued at any time during the survey. Please note that all responses are completely anonymous to the researchers. Both survey and the responses are secured and analyzed through SurveyMonkey. The data and results will be removed from the hard drive to be stored on a flash drive. Please contact us at if you would like a summary of the results.

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Stress and Coping Strategies Among School-Based Therapists Impacted by COVID-19

Student Researcher & Primary Investigator: Connor Swanson; Northern Arizona University

Research deadline: Friday, March 12, 2021

For Arizona school-based therapists (Occupational, Physical, or Speech) practicing during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are inviting you to participate in a study investigating the levels of stress before and after the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as successful stress management techniques used by during this time.

Should you choose to participate, you will be directed to an online survey that does not require identifying information and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

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Use of Trauma Informed Care by Occupational Therapy Professionals in Mental Health

Primary Investigators: Jacqueline Reese Walter, PhD, OTR/L, CHT; Jacksonville University 
Student Researcher: Catherine Carri, Cailtyn Chambers, Jacqueline Engelbrecht, Megan Riggen, and Shavonne Orr

Research deadline: Sunday, April 1, 2021

You have been asked to complete this online survey as part of a research project conducted by Jacqueline Reese Walter, Associate Professor at Jacksonville University. The research project is called Exploring Telehealth Hand Therapy and is designed to explore the experiences that occupational therapists and physical therapists have had when using a telehealth approach to upper extremity rehabilitation.  Completing the online survey may take 10-15 minutes. There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this study.

The risks associated with the study are minimal, but there is always a chance that a loss of confidentiality may occur. To mitigate this risk, we have configured the survey so that your participation is anonymous with no identifying information (e.g., email addresses, IP addresses, names, etc.) being collected by the survey website nor the researchers. As such, responses cannot be linked back to you. Questions posed are not of personal or sensitive nature, but you are free to withdraw from completing the survey entirely. If you decide not to participate or withdraw from the study, you will not be penalized.

By completing and submitting the survey, you affirm that you are at least 18 years old and that you give your consent for Jacqueline Reese Walter to use your answers in her research.  

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Telehealth Hand Therapy

Student Researcher & Primary Investigator: Stacie Pierce, COTA, OT/S; Salem State University

Research deadline: Sunday, April 1, 2021

The research presented will ask you to answer questions about your use of the Trauma-Informed-Care in your assessment, treatment interventions and goal writing for your patients. The purpose of this study will be to develop a baseline of information that provides data as to how Trauma-Informed-Care is being used and areas that would benefit from further research regarding the use of Trauma-Informed-Care by occupational therapy professionals in mental health settings. 

In appreciation of your support, you will be connected to a link at the end of the survey to enter your email address for a change to win a $50 Amazon gift card. 

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Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Impressions of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM)

Primary Investigator: Kristen O’Connor; Kean University
Student Researchers: Kristen O’Connor, Molly Nadeau, Blake Jankowski, and Ashley Trible

Research deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021

We invite occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants to take part in a research study conducted by occupational therapy graduate students at Kean University in New Jersey. The purpose of the study is to gather information about Occupational Therapy practitioners’ impressions of the Patient-Driven Grouping Model (PDGM) that was implemented on January 1, 2020. The survey is intended to be completed by occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who have worked in home health care before AND after the implementation of PDGM. Participation in this survey is voluntary and participants can expect the survey to take 20-25 minutes to complete. Taking our survey will provide you with the intrinsic benefits of autonomy and validation by allowing you to express personal experiences about the new payment model.  As OT graduate students, we greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete our survey and helping us decrease the large research gap addressing the newly implemented payment model.

If there are any questions or concerns please contact the primary researcher and/or faculty advisor:

Primary Investigator/ Researcher:
Kristen O’Connor, OTS
Department of Occupational Therapy
Phone Number: (908)-737-5856

Faculty Advisor:
Claire Mulry, OTD
Department of Occupational Therapy,  
Phone Number: 908-737-5856

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The Role and Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Services in Disaster Preparedness for Individuals Living in Place

Primary Investigator: Jeanne Sowers, OTD, MA, OTR; Huntington University
Student Researchers: Devon Boes, Malia Menon, Abigail Saxman, Hannah Tissenbaum, and Brittany Gray

Research deadline: Saturday, May 1,2021

The purpose of this study is to examine occupational therapy practitioners’ level of awareness in regard to disaster preparedness while administering home assessments for individuals living in place. You are eligible to participate in this study if you are an occupational therapy practitioner that administers home assessments for individuals with disabilities living in place. We will ask you to complete a survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes. The survey contains questions regarding personal experiences related to natural disaster preparedness and response.   Participation is completely  voluntary, and you may choose to discontinue participation at any time. The study is completely anonymous; therefore, it does not require you to provide your name or any further identifying information.

Your participation in the research will be of great importance to assist in equipping occupational practitioners with the best approach to ensure that individuals living in place are receiving adequate and effective occupational therapy services that properly address disaster preparedness.  

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Building Mentor Capacity Through Mentor Leadership Skills Self-Assessment

Primary Investigator: Sarah Stephenson; Northern Arizona University
Student Researchers: Vanessa Dolge and Olivia Warner

Research deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021

TheOccupational therapy students from Northern Arizona University are conducting a survey to investigate the mentor skills required to mentor students who are completing the doctoral capstone in occupational therapy. We are seeking OTs and OTAs who have expertise in their area of practice. OT Practitioners with any level of experience with capstone students are invited to participate.

Our aim is to discover perceived mentor skills to create professional development resources for mentoring. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.

For any questions, please reach out to the principal investigator and NAU’s OTD program Capstone Coordinator, Sara Stephenson OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, CBIS at

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Modeling Clinical Applications of Technology in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) with Creative Multimedia Medical Education

Primary Investigators: Dr. Robert Scales, Ph.D, and Cynthia Ivy, OTD, CHT; Northern Arizona University 
Student Researcher: Case Peters and Jacob Ayoub, OTS; Northern Arizona University

Research deadline: Sunday, August 1, 2021

This study highlights the integration of innovative technology and motivational interviewing into physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), conducted by Dr. Robert Scales, Ph.D., and Dr. Cynthia Ivy, OTD, CHT.

We are currently looking for interested OT faculty and scheduling for the spring and summer semesters. As participants, you and your students will be invited to attend a 40-minute synchronous online presentation by Dr. Robert Scales, Ph.D., hosted via Zoom. The presentation includes video demonstrations of innovative PM&R technologies and motivational interviewing techniques. Participants will be asked to complete a 5-minute pre-test prior to the presentation, and a 5-minute post-test following, all via Zoom. If time allows, a question & answer session will be held following the completion of the post-test.

If interested, please contact:

Case Peters – 
Jacob Ayoub – 

Working in Healthcare During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Primary Investigator: Jessica Rainbow, PhD; University of Arizona

Research deadline: Saturday, January 1, 2022

To all healthcare workers – We invite you to memorialize your experience as a healthcare working during the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing so, you will help to inform interventions to support healthcare workers during this pandemic and improve readiness for future public health emergencies. To participate, please call 1(833)624-0707. An automated feature will ask you to complete screening questions and then you will be able to leave a voicemail message regarding your experiences working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the link below for more information and the study consent: 

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