Research Surveys and Volunteers

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

Research deadline: Monday, July 20, 2020

The Perceived Outcomes of Occupational Therapists Who Provide Services to Adults with TBI in Rural Geographic Regions in the Western United States

Courtney Hunt, Carly Swartz, Makia Talley, Marissa Maddalena, and Megan Joerger, OT students at Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT

Dear Therapists,

We are occupational therapy doctorate students at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, and are conducting a survey to gather information for our study titled, “Rural Occupational Therapists’ Perspectives on Treatment of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Mixed Methods Study.”

The purpose of this survey is to identify the perspectives of rural occupational therapists who provide services to adults who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This survey consists of questions that will help us understand the benefits and limitations to service provision with this population. The survey should only take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions about this survey, would like further information, or would like to be a part of possible opportunities that could be developed based on results of this research, please contact our faculty advisor Kalyn Briggs, PhD, OTR/L via email at, or phone at (406) 657-1164.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and for helping us begin the process of helping advance and support your practice as a rural occupational therapist.

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Research deadline: Saturday, August 1, 2020

Exploring the School-Based Occupational Therapy Practitioner’s Role in Addressing the School to Prison Pipeline

Alisa Sheth, Ph.D., Primary Investigator; Chelsie Salvatera and Stacey Vieyra-Braendle, OTD students from Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR.  

We are Stacey Vieyra-Braendle, MT-BC and Chelsie Salvatera, MS.Ed, occupational therapy doctorate students from Pacific University in Oregon and we are conducting an IRB approved research study to explore school-based occupational therapy practitioner’s knowledge and perceptions around the school-to-prison-pipeline and restorative justice practices. The results may be used to inform practice and policy recommendations. The information gathered will be integrated into a capstone presentation, which will be presented at Pacific University. Additionally, this information will be used for various occupational therapy conferences and will be incorporated into manuscripts submitted for publication in academic journals.

Please consider completing this online survey if you meet the following eligibility criteria: 1.) current school-based occupational therapy practitioner and 2.) practicing in the United States. The study will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Thank you so much for participating and please feel free to share the survey link with peers and colleagues. If you have any questions and/or concerns please email us at and/or can also contact our faculty advisor and primary investigator, Alisa Jordan Sheth, PhD at

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Research deadline: Monday, August 3, 2020

Barriers to Implementation of Occupational Therapy Services in the Native American Population

Lisa Knecht-Sabres, DHS, OTR/L, Principal Investigator; Gina Avitia, OTS; Grace Bestler, OTS — Midwestern Univeristy, Downers Grove Campus

As a result of the Native American population having a long history of lack of accessibility to healthcare resources and fear of discrimination when accessing healthcare services, their population is plagued with various preventable health issues. The primary purpose of this study is to examine the barriers that Occupational Therapy (OT) Practitioners face when working with individuals from the Native American population.

We are looking for OTs who have at least one year of experience working with indigenous clients and are willing to take a brief survey on the barriers you and your indigenous clients face!

The survey is linked below and should only take 10-15 minutes.

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Research deadline: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Social Opportunities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in the Adult Day Service Setting

Mike Boulay, OTA, OT/s at Salem State University; Maria Parker, OTD, OTR, Faculty Research Advisor

My name is Mike Boulay and I am an occupational therapy student at Salem State University in Salem, MA. I am writing to invite you to participate in my research study, which I will be conducting in partial fulfillment of the graduation requirements for my master’s degree in occupational therapy. The study aims to learn more about social participation opportunities provided to immobile adults with developmental disabilities and minimal cognitive impairments in the adult day service setting.

If you have worked in an adult day service facility that primarily serves adults with developmental disabilities in the past 6 months and you are familiar with the programming provided to the clients, I would like to hear from you! I am specifically looking to survey directors, staff, and therapists regarding social programming for adult clients who:

• Are immobile – manual wheelchair dependent and reliant on staff for transfers and wheelchair propulsion.

• Are not significantly cognitively impaired – must not have more than a mild cognitive impairment.

• Have a developmental disability – such as cerebral palsy.

If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a 8-12 minute online survey through Survey Monkey regarding the frequency and types of social participation offered to immobile adults with developmental disabilities and minimal cognitive impairments at your facility. Upon completion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter your name into a raffle for a $50 Amazon gift card using a separate survey link not associated with your survey responses.

This survey is completely voluntary and you may omit any question you do not wish to answer. The survey requests demographic information about the facility, however that information will be kept confidential should you provide it. This information is collected to prevent duplicate responses from the same facility. No identifiable information will be included in the results of the study. If you are interested in taking the survey, click on the link below.

For questions or concerns about the research, please contact me at or 774-239-0621 or Maria Parker, OTD, OTR, Faculty Research Advisor, at Thank you for your time.

Research deadline: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Survey on Rehabilitation During COVID-19, Telehealth, and Robotics

Primary Investigator: Dr. Michelle Johnson; Student Researchers: Michael Sobrepera and Vera Lee, University of Pennsylvania

The Rehabilitation Robotics Lab at the University of Pennsylvania is conducting a survey to understand the implications of COVID-19 on rehabilitation care, opportunities for telemedicine/telehealth, and thoughts towards robotics. This will allow them to understand and share the needs of rehab providers and their patients.

You are being invited to complete the survey as a clinician who works in rehabilitation. The entire survey should take you no more than 15 minutes. The lab is attempting to collect 500 responses from physiatrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, medical and rehab technologists, and other rehab professionals, so please share the survey with your co-workers and network.

The lab will be giving a $20 Amazon gift card randomly to one in every 20 respondents on a rolling basis. To be eligible you need to complete the survey and opt-in to the drawing with your e-mail at the end. You can also opt in to be notified of publication of the data.

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