Directed Scholarship

A key component of our educational program is the opportunity to learn and grow under the guidance of a mentor.

Each student in the Program is matched to a mentor for academic advising and professional development; OTD students also complete the OTD Mentored Scholarship course series under the direction of their mentor. MSOT students who intend to pursue a PhD may enroll in the elective MSOT to PhD Mentored Scholarship course series to prepare for entry into a PhD program.

The OTD Mentored Scholarship sequence of courses begins in the summer semester of the first year in the Program. The three-course sequence is a self-directed learning experience in which students complete a scholarly project under the mentor’s guidance.

Please click on the links below to learn more about our mentors and the scholarly experiences they offer.


Research Division Mentors
Scholarly Experience
Chih-Hung Chang, PhD
 Psychometrics-Informatics Laboratory

Erin Foster, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Cognitive and Occupational Performance Laboratory

Allison King, MD, PhD

Child Health and Education Laboratory

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Enabling Mobility in the Community Laboratory

Benjamin Philip, PhD

Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Laboratory

Bobbi Pineda, PhD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy NICU Laboratory

Susy Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory

Alex Wong, PhD, DPhil, BSOT

Connected Health and Innovative Rehabilitation Laboratory

Professional Education Division Mentors
Scholarly Experience

Regina Abel, PhD

Animal Assisted Therapy

Parul Bakhshi, PhD, DEA (M.Phil)

Social Exclusion: International Initiatives and Global Perspectives


Driving and Community Mobility Laboratory

Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Community-centered Population Health

Jessica Dashner, OTD, OTR/L

Disability and Community Participation Research

Betsy Hawkins-Chernof, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Technology Integration and Participation

Vicki Kaskutas, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Innovations in Education

Kathy Kniepmann, OTD, MPH, EdM, OTR/L

Family Caregiving

Wanda Mahoney, PhD, OTR/L
Enhancing Occupational Engagement

Lauren Milton, OTD, OTR/L

Innovations in Education

Monica Perlmutter, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA 

Low Vision and Aging

Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA

Innovations in Education

Steve Taff, PhD, OTR/L, FNAP, FAOTA

Innovations in Education

Quinn Tyminiski, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy Programs for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Clinical Practice Division Mentors
Scholarly Experience

Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy Stroke Clinic

Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L

Evidence-Based Self-Management Programs (ESMP) for Persons Living with Chronic Disease

Sue Tucker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Seating, Mobility and Assistive Technology

Carla Walker, OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Parenting with Disabilities

Mentors with a Joint Appointment
Scholarly Experience

Ann Marie Dale, PhD, OTR/L

Occupational Health and Safety Laboratory

Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH

Occupational Health and Safety Laboratory

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