Students in the Occupational Therapy program spend their last three semesters creating a capstone project. This major academic achievement represents a synthesis of content learned throughout the program.

Subject matter such as theory, research methodology and analysis, program development, and education of clients are applied to either faculty lines of research or projects that will serve the community.

Students gather in teams to complete the thesis under the mentorship of their faculty thesis advisor. Completed theses are disseminated to a wide audience of constituents either in poster sessions, workshops, or peer-reviewed journals.

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Theses/Capstones from 2023

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A Qualitative Study on Long-Term Adherence to Home Exercise Programs in People with Parkinson’s Disease, Caroline Stafford, Brennan Decena, Shawn Lopez, and Judith Thepkaisone

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Exploring the Occupational Transition of Leaving a Cult, Justine Thompson, Baylee R. Chelossi, Emily Osborn, and Christian J. Quitoriano

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Life After Brain Injury - Family Perspectives, Shaina Snyder, Everlee Anderson, Allison Wyek, Elijah Tolentino-Medios, and Cathyisabella Kintanar

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Life After Brain Injury - Survivor and Family Perspectives, Brandon Duenas, Gary Eng, Haleli Moalem, and Miguel Regidor

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Life After Pediatric Hemorrhagic Stroke: Family Centered Outcomes, Janice Brown, Jordan Ng, Reilly Todd, and Alyssa Vo

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Measuring Outcomes of Occupational Therapy Facilitated in Natural Settings with Young Children, Amie Smith, Deepak Dale, Brinda Saini, Zoe Peters, and Amanda Laccone

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Occupation-Based CNA Program to Build Caregiver Knowledge and Self-Efficacy in Dementia Care, Lucky Ung, Judy Chen, and Michelle Hong

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OTs Delivering Culturally Sensitive Care for Dementia Family Caregivers From Diverse Backgrounds, Abraham Lai, Lucy Palacios Mendez, and Darren Sarmiento

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Promoting Cultural Arts Access through Sensory-Friendly Theatre, Chanelle Bautista, Alyssa Cho, Jazmine Cunanan, Ariana Marino, and Miko Ramos

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The LOTUS Project: A Resilience Program for Dominican University of California Occupational Therapy Graduate Students, Melissa Morini, Naema Dahdoul, Ashley Moffett, Regine Erika Saldivar, and Viviana Vazquez

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Training Program for Occupational Therapists Working with Skilled Caregivers in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Lovegifty Dudero, Mai Huynh, and Ridhee Patel

Theses/Capstones from 2022

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Adults with Sensory Defensiveness and Their Use of Coping Strategies, Cassidy McCurdy, Sonia Patiño, Julia McMahon, and Sophia Hagen

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A Virtual View of Occupation: Transactionalism in MMORPGs, John Miklos, Alex Nold, Shasta Rice, and Amanda Flores

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Batok: The Exploration of Indigenous Filipino Tattooing as a Collective Occupation, Ana Cabalquinto, Carmela Dizon, Chelsea Ramirez, and Mai Santiago

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Developing a Resilience Program for Occupational Therapy Students, Sienna Guzman, Jenna Lazo, Rachel Thompson, and Madisson Walker

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Exploration of Occupational Barriers of At-Promise Youth with Photovoice, Francis Bie, Brianna Baisch, Quyntz Ellenwood, Kerry Krohn, and Iliana Santellan

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Holistic Occupational Therapy Dining Interventions Supporting Individuals with Dementia in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Kathleen Osio, Sabrina Anne Cezar, Ashley Lorton, and Lisa Worsham

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Identifying Motivators, Facilitators, and Barriers to Engaging in an Online Fine Motor Exercise Program, Kristine Ricossa, Kyndra Menefee, Lauren Rally, Mia Do, and Charis Chan

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Impact of Assistive Technology Applications in Higher Education for Students With and Without Disabilities, Continued, Melanie C. Barillas, Alma E. Cortez, Tamera Y. McNeil, Geneen C. Samaniego, and Julia E. Zasso

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Impact of COVID-19 on students and faculty in higher education, Joshua Manio, Kirsten Bas, Megan Griffith, Sophia Mendoza, and Christian Jiao

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OT Consultation for Cultural Arts Accessibility: Therapists' Perspectives, Jeremy Firstenberg, Reichelle Bella, Dezarina Bernales-Mendez, Anisha Chum, and Lucy Thach

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Virtual Visitation: Promoting Social Occupations in Dementia Care, Carly Spina, Lizann Jovanovich, Ashley Jones, Pamela Baraceros, and Rena Ribeiro

Theses/Capstones from 2021

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A Cross-Content Validation: SOSI-M & BOT-SF, Eleanor Brewer, Emily Yuen, Alyssa Asuncion, Taylor Hanson, and Mariella Villanueva

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Adaptive Gaming as an Occupation: Motor Phenomena and Lived Experiences, Christina Floyd, Melanie Blaisdell, Madeleine Pope, Audrey Metzger, Donna Chen Tubig, Lauren Andaya, and Christine Vincent

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Adaptive Video Gaming in the Classroom, Lauren Ferrell, Daniela Mari Recinto, Desarae Finck-Fugazi, Christine Angela Manalang, and Noémie von Kaenel