Research Surveys and Volunteers

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

An Investigation of Current Occupational Therapy Practice in Treating Clients with Functional Neurological Disorder

Research deadline: March 2022

Primary Investigator: Dr. Stephanie Zuba-Bates
Student Researchers: Audrey Waechter, Latia Watts, Lydia Garcia, Marcus Matundan, Evelyn Guzman

We are Masters of Occupational Therapy graduate student researchers at Chicago State University. We are seeking your expertise to participate in an online survey related to occupational therapy practice for clients with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND, also sometimes referred to as functional movement disorder (FMD).

Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. You may answer as many questions as you would like and you may terminate your participation in this survey at any time. Please note that the survey is anonymous and your answers will not be linked to your name and your IP address will not be recorded. The answers you provide will not be identifiable to you in any way.

We thank you for your time and consideration in sharing your expertise with us.
Audrey Waechter, Evelyn Guzman, Latia Watts, Lydia Garcia, & Marcus Matundan
Questions and concerns can be directed to our research advisor, Dr. Stephanie Zuba-Bates at: or Chicago State IRB at IRB protocol #029-11-21

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Survey of Occupational Therapist use of Motivational Interviewing for Parkinson’s Disease

Primary Investigators: Katrina Long, OTR/L and Lyndsay Stone
Student Researchers: Emily Conrad, Melissa Searle, Caitlin Matts, and Masha Rotfeld

Research deadline: April 04, 2022

The purpose of this brief survey is to better understand occupational therapists’ use of motivational interviewing (MI) with patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The data collected may inform the need for further education and training on MI. Participating in this study may help increase the use of effective treatment methods and increase educational opportunities for occupational therapists who work with Parkinson’s disease. You will also assist in advancing occupational therapy research.

Would you like to help? To see if you are eligible, please read the requirements below:

US-licensed Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants who have previously worked with, or are currently working with, clients with Parkinson’s Disease. If you fit these requirements and are interested in helping, please take the survey at the link below.


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Antiracism in Occupational Therapy Education: Perspectives of Underrepresented Minority Stakeholders

Primary Investigator: Evguenia Popova, PhD, OTR/L
Student Researcher: Hannah Morris

Research deadline: April 08, 2022

The purpose of this study is explore the supports and barriers to professional success experienced by underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, faculty, or practitioners in OT/OTA. To participate in this study, you must identity as a member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group. You must also be currently enrolled or have graduated from an accredited OT or OTA program in the United States.

This survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete with an opportunity to participate in further diversity, equity, and inclusion related research including a paid focus group. If you do not meet the above criteria, please share this survey with any colleagues who might be interested and meet the eligibility requirements. Thank you for your time! 

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UNTOLD STORIES Sexual Abuse & Violence Against Persons with Disabilities

Student Researchers: Lynne Tomasa and Vanessa Zuber; University of Arizona

Research deadline: June 1, 2022

We are looking for family members or persons who play a significant role in the life of a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities or autism. We are also looking for individuals 18 and older with an intellectual/developmental disability or autism who experienced unwanted sexual behaviors.

Sexual violence can include physical or non-physical contact, verbal threats, harassment, bullying, or intimidation.
The purpose of the project is to better understand survivors’ experiences from the perspectives of family, people with disabilities, and significant people who provide support. The goal is to increase awareness and to develop prevention strategies.

Confidential interviews will be scheduled with a trained team member. Participants will be compensated for their time.

If you have questions or want to schedule an interview, please contact: Lynne Tomasa (project director): Vanessa Zuber: Sonoran UCEDD Message Phone: 520-626-0442

*This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of ArizonaInstitutional Review Board (IRB)

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