- Promoting self advocacy and development of self determination skills for children and young adults with moderate to severe disabilities
- Student Participation in Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Meetings
- Successful transition from school to meaningful activity (i.e. employment, college, volunteering, leisure) for young adult students with autism and intellectual disabilities
- Promoting and advocating for emerging roles for occupational therapists within school based practice (i.e. collaborative service provision, universal design for learning, common core standards, participation based intervention)
- Creating and managing a Professional Learning Community for Illinois School Based Occupational Therapists with the goal to promote evidence based practice in this setting and recruit and retain school based occupational therapists.
- Empowering school based occupational therapists to demonstrate everyday leadership skills in order to overcome barriers to best practice and best demonstrate the value of occupational therapy in schools.
Find the right advisor to match your interests
As a part of your application you should identify which faculty member is a strong match to your area of interest and practice.
Find out more about their individual interests, potential project topics, and how to contact them.
Contact Theresa at:
- Participation-Focused, Self-management interventions for people with disabilities
- Task-oriented/Occupation-based interventions after stroke
- Advocacy and disability rights
- Primary care
Contact Heidi at:
- Implications of policies and payment issues for occupational therapists and people with disabilities, such as implications of the Affordable Care Act, teaching therapists about policy issues, case studies of how policy and payment issues affect OT practice, OTs role with advocacy, mini-health services research project or scoping review
- Development of the role of occupational therapy in primary care settings like physician’s offices or community health centers
- Develop case examples of using the Residential Environment Impact Scale (REIS), a group home assessment, or pilot test the REIS in other settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and day programs
- Theory-based practice: use of the Model of Human Occupation and other models in practice; developing cases and other teaching materials to assist OT faculty in teaching about occupation-focused models; developing and presenting workshops for therapists
You can contact Gail at:
- Participatory action research on empowerment with people with disabilities
- Community participation assessment
- Interventions to improve participation (home, community, work) with people with disabilities (stroke, intellectual and developmental disabilities) and environmental barriers and supports
Contact Joy at:
- Increasing the use of assessments in OT rehabilitation practice, including performance-based outcome measures
- Facilitating and creating change in rehabilitation practice and environments
- Evidence based and Occupation-based/focused interventions and practice for adults with neurological injuries (stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury)
- Supports/strategies for practitioners related to psychosocial challenges in neuro-rehab
- Developing and executing effective continuing education for adult learners (OT practitioners/fieldwork educators)
- Developing OT fieldwork educators and positive fieldwork experiences
You can contact me at:
- Community mental health: transitioning individuals from institutional settings to the community (assessment of needs, curriculum development, etc.)
- Juvenile justice: curriculum development with Juvenile Detention Center
- Psychosocial challenges in neuro-rehab
- Occupational therapy services with UIC students with mental health challenges
Contact Celeste at:
- Product enhancements to increase uptake of electronic tools that reinforce client-centered and participation-focused pediatric (re)habilitation
- Process enhancements that strengthen active research projects on client-centered and participation-focused pediatric (re)habilitation
- For examples of current OTD projects, please visit:https://cperl.ahslabs.uic.edu
Contact Mary at:
- Needs assessment/development and evaluation of community-based services to promote Health prevention/wellness with both well elderly and elderly with disabilities and their caregivers
- Special focus on Asian-American elderly, Asian immigrants
- Everyday technology
- Teaching/developing curriculum related to productive aging (e.g. aging theories) and leading groups in the community (e.g. Functional group model)
- Application of MOHO in practice
Contact Jenica at:
- Health care access barriers for people with disabilities
- Expanding access of performance based and patient reported outcome measurement tools
- Most current research: Developing patient navigator services for people with disabilities to help them negotiate the social services systems. All these efforts are in the early stage of development and may provide students with the opportunity to help guide the efforts.
Contact Susan at:
- Health and disability disparities among refugees and immigrants settled in the U.S. Examples of OTD projects include creating a set of educational resources for the American Congress of Rehab Medicine (ACRM) focusing on OT/PT clinicians interested in working with refugees (e.g. podcasts, webinars, IEPs)
- Social determinants of health and healthcare access. Examples of projects include review and analysis of healthcare policies and programs (e.g. the CARES Act) and their implications for underserved communities
- Delivery of disability-related health and rehabilitation services for underserved and under resourced populations in local and international contexts. Examples of OTD projects include developing models of care and occupational therapists’ role in non-traditional practice settings such as medical homes, federally-qualified health clinics, and refugee resettlement agencies (local), and global health teams (international).
- Clinical communication with non-English speaking patients. Examples of OTD projects include development of educational resources (such as online trainings and case simulation videos) for clinicians practicing in a variety of settings.
- Community-engaged research and practice. Examples of projects include student implementing occupation-focused programs at community sites; needs assessment with disabled refugees regarding the impact of the lockdown on their health and wellbeing
Contact Mansha at:
- Designing fall prevention programs for older adults, especially community-based older adults or vulnerable populations
- Creating and implementing process evaluations
- Developing, delivering and evaluating continuing education initiatives for occupational therapists
- Teaching occupational therapists and occupational therapy students effectively.
- Facilitating changes in health care providers’ practice behaviors
- Creating effective administrative processes for an entry-level occupational therapy program (e.g., strategic planning, program evaluation procedures) and evaluate the effectiveness of those process.
- Planning , delivering and evaluating interprofessional education efforts.
Contact Elizabeth at:
- Self-management programing for clients or lay caregivers, especially in the area of multiple sclerosis
- Continuing education for OT clinicians or fieldwork educators/supervisors (for example, designing, implementing and evaluating an online CE course about ethics in fieldwork education)
- Teaching and learning in entry-level OT education
Contact Kathy at:
- Promotion of family engagement and culturally sensitive practice with young children and families in Early Intervention and community settings; continued development of the English and Spanish versions of the Preschool Activity Card Sort
- Developing and evaluating Community of Practice (CoP) at local, state and national levels with pediatric stakeholders; measuring outcomes, website development for the IL EI and Schools CoP
- Continued development of the UIC OT Faculty Practice: Children, Youth & Families including program evaluation, outcome measurement, and family and child engagement
Contact Ashley at:
- Addressing health disparities and promoting healthy lifestyles among African Americans and Latino youth with disabilities and their families
- Cultural Competence and diversity issues in health professions
- Rehabilitation outcomes for Latinos and African Americans with disabilities
- Empowerment and participatory approaches to evaluation and community capacity building
Contact Yolanda at:
- Client-therapist communication (Intentional Relationship Model)
- Model of Human Occupation
- Cancer Fatigue