This program includes an evidence-based research study that once complete, will be submitted to a peer reviewed journal, and nationally recognized conference for publication and presentation. This study is supported by 12 hours of research content and 3 hours of course time dedicated to the finalization and defense of this study. This evidence-based research study must be completed for successful completion of the Doctor of Science in Occupational Therapy Program.

Graduating Class of 2021

  • Neuroscience Education for Acute Upper Extremity Pain in Active-Duty Service Members: A Mixed Methods Study by CPT Corinne M. Heffernan, DSc, OTR/L

  • Sleep and Military Leaders: Examining the Values, Beliefs, and Quality of Sleep and the Impact on Occupational Performance by CPT Lyddia A. Petrofsky DSc, OTR/L

Graduating Class of 2020

  • Do service members' stress-related HRV measures predict rifle marksmanship performance? A prospective cohort study by CPT James M. Contessa, DSc, OTR/L

  • The impact of HRV biofeedback on stress with U.S. Army medics by MAJ Jamie D. Bell DSc, OTR/L

Graduating Class of 2019

  • Characterization of Wrist Conditions in Active Duty Service Members at a Major Medical Center: A Retrospective Review by CPT Brandon R. Stanley, DSc, OTR/L

  • Attitudes, Beliefs and Quality of Sleep Amongst Active Duty Soldiers and the Impact on Occupational Performance: A Mixed Methods Study by CPT Chelsea M. Truax, DSc, OTR/L

Graduating Class of 2018

  • Perceptions and Measurement of Acute Pain in U.S. Service Members with Upper Extremity Disability Using the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS): A Mixed Methods Evaluation by MAJ Robin Tennekoon, DSc, OTR/L

Graduating Class of 2017

  • Response and Perceptions of Low Back Pain Treatment in Initial Entry Training Soldiers: A Convergence Mixed Methods Study by LT(P) Cortney M. Schoonover, DSc, OTR/L

  • Evaluating the Experience and Effectiveness of an Occupational Therapy Based Sleep Hygiene Program on U.S. Army Service Members: A Mixed Methods Study by CPT Stephen L. Turner, DSc, OTR/L

  • Impact of the Firearms Training System (FATS) on Occupational Performance in a Polytrauma Population by CPT Robert A. Oliver, DSc, OTR/L

  • Characterization of the Occupational Therapy Treatment of Combat-Related Upper Extremity Amputees Treated at the Center for the Intrepid: A Retrospective Study by LT(P) Timothy A. Tu, DSc, OTR/L

Graduating Class of 2016

  • Amputees Unanimous 12-Step Program by 1LT Catrinna Amorelli, DSc, OTR/L

  • The Suitcase Packing Activity: A New Evaluation of Hand Function by 1LT Matthew L. Baumann, DSc, OTR/L

  • Psychosocial Reactions to Upper Extremity Limb Salvage: A Cross-Sectional Study by 1LT Lindsay Sposato, DSc, OTR/L

  • Mobile Technology and the Military: Perceived Effects on Participation, Occupation, and Wellness by 1LT Joshua A. Springer, DSc, OTR/L

Graduating Class of 2015

  • Introducing Purposeful Activity Kits in a Military Hand Rehabilitation Practice by 1LT Laura B. Dy, DSc, OTR/L

  • Effects of an Occupational Therapy Hand Dominance Transfer Intervention on the M-16 Shooting Accuracy and Efficiency of Soldiers with Crossed Hand-Eye Dominance by CPT Michelle Luken, DSc, OTR/L

  • Musculoskeletal Injury Reporting of Army MEDCOM Personnel by 1LT Staci Molinar, DSc, OTR/L

  • The Lived Experience of Chronic Pain: Effect of an Educational Altered Eating Intervention on Pain, Quality of Life, and Routine by CPT Chelsea E. Mummert, DSc, OTR/L

  • Unilateral Hand Training on Functional Performance in Patients with Upper Extremity Trauma by 1LT Tara Troianello, DSc, OTR/L

  • Effects of Equine Assisted Therapy on PTSD Symptoms, Quality of Life, an Participation in Combat Veterans by 1LT Amelia L. Wilson, DSc, OTR/L