Inside Look

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Primary Care

My capstone project for the EKU Online OTD program is titled “The Role of Occupational Therapy in Primary Care.” It is focused on communicating, influencing and educating other health care professionals regarding the role of occupational therapy in the future model of primary care delivery initiated by the adoption of the Affordable Care Act and the Triple Aim Initiative.

Autism Awareness Featured on Radio Show with EKU's Dr. Shirley O'Brien

To mark Autism Awareness Month, EKU Online Instructor Dr. Shirley O’Brien was a featured guest on “Eastern Standard,” a public affairs radio program that airs on NPR affiliate WEKU.

Enhancing Client Outcomes in Health Reform: The Role of OT in Primary Care

The purpose of this study was to understand the experience of occupational therapists working on interprofessional primary health care teams.  Typical services provided, role overlap, experience with other team members, & the perceived value of occupational therapy (OT) in primary health care was explored.

Best Practices, Professional Issues and Current Trends in Early Intervention (IDEA Part C) Services

Occupational therapy practitioners working with infants and toddlers are part of the early intervention (EI) team that includes the family and other EI professionals.

Comparing Occupation-Based and Intensive Task-Specific Interventions for Optimal Stroke Recovery

Will stroke survivors with upper extremity motor deficits who participate in occupation-based intervention demonstrate more improved occupational performance than subjects who participate in intensive task-specific training? This study is an ongoing mixed method study that began in 2013.

Student Veterans Transitioning into Academia: A Phenomenological Study

Following discharge from active duty service, numerous veterans begin their transition from the military to academic institutions, utilizing the post the 9/11 GI Bill entitlement.  Many of these students with veteran status experience transition challenges related to combat exposure, but research is needed to understand the specific issues they face.

Celebrating 29 Years of Occupational Therapy Licensure in Kentucky

It is hard to believe that it has been 29 years since Gov. Martha Layne Collins signed the Kentucky occupational therapy licensure bill into law.

An Occupational Therapist Discusses the Importance of Playgrounds for Children with Disabilities

Angela Hanscom, an occupational therapist in New Hampshire, was recently interviewed for a National Public Radio story about accessible playgrounds.