Faculty Engage in Innovative Research, Evidence-based and Data-driven Projects
Many interprofessional research opportunities are available in Occupational Therapy. Faculty engage in innovative research, evidence-based and data-driven projects with students, colleagues, and community partners.
Research that Advances Health and Quality of Lives to:
- Address the occupational performance of persons across the lifespan focusing on those meaningful everyday activities that together build meaningful lives.
- Translate research discoveries to occupational therapy practice.
- Innovate how students best learn to become occupational therapists.
- Explain how engagement in occupation advances health and improves quality of life
Examples of current project aims addressed by OT faculty include:
- Building novel technology for health care management for wheelchair users.
- Establishing predictive validity of cognitive-functional assessment of community dwelling older adults.
- Describing the occupations of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease in adult day service programs
- Establishing person-level factors which predict responsiveness to occupational therapy interventions for persons with hand osteoarthritis
- Describing how the history of occupational therapy explains current practice issues and trends
- Developing statewide emergency preparedness plan for Minnesotans with disability.
- Understanding the effect of innovative educational interventions on student learning
- Impact standardized simulations
- Impact of innovative technologies such as virtual reality
- Cohorts as learning communities