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 2019

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A Sensory-Based Program to Enhance Occupational Performance for Dementia, Ivy Annahi Torres-Flores, Jacob Gantan, Heather Anne August, and Naomi Grace Wong

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Assistive Technology and the Impact of Occupations, Chelsea Golding, Chantelle Bond, Vhernna Fernandez, and Eizelle Barrientos

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Autism and Occupation: Video Modeling for Maker Activities, Hannah Gibeson, Kelly Yerby, Molly Smith, and Brittany Yung

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Effects of Sertraline Treatment for Young Children with Fragile X Syndrome: Family Perspectives via Case Studies, Tracy P. Ye, Decerie A. Mendoza, Elena A. Javier, and Martina C. Dualan

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Exploratory Application of a Sensory Activity Schedule in Head Start Preschool, Marian Perez, Elaine Wong, and Michelle Perryman

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Occupational Responses of Older Adults Following Partner Loss, Carol Huang, Jane Song, Peter Behr, and Stephanie Sterner

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Physiological Responses of Adults with Sensory Over-Responsiveness, Catherine Anne Datu, Nicholas Wing Or, Megan Melody Valentine, and Megan Jeanne Velcich

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The Impact of Fall Efficacy on Occupational Performance in Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Michelle Fong, Araya Moua, Erin DeNola, and Merit Franklin

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The SensoryFun! Toolkit: A Bilingual Resource for Parents & Caregivers, Nicolette D'Esposito, Yvette Lozano, Natalie Carrillo, and Sarah Pashby

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Transition in Occupations of Refugees During Resettlement, Jacqueline-Elizabeth Cantrell, Kimberley K. Banuelos, Adam Chan, and Jennifer H. Daine

Theses/Capstones from 2018

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Age-Related Changes in Visual Processing Speed: A Pilot Study Using the Motor Free Visual Perception Test- 4, Amber Zadravecz, Kassidy Ha, Lauren Gollnick, Stephanie Pawek, and Zoe Studer

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Collaborative Practices in Special Education: An Exploratory Study, Blanka Pentek, Katherine Sadoff, and Evelyn Tang

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Formal Dementia Care Training Program: Abilities Care Experts™, Carmen Joaquin, Michelle D'Amato, April Perez, Louiza Alexandria Villarina, and Sophie E. Miller

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Fragile X Syndrome: An Occupation Centered Analysis, Raechel Jacala, Katelyn Harden, Holly Snyder, and Amanda Lee

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Functional Cognitive Activities for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury: Pilot Case Studies, Ajay Pala, Karen Huang, and Ashley Cook

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Living with Fragile X Syndrome: Occupations as an Outcome Measure in a Clinical Trial, Theresa Chase, Ty Duong, Ana Baldinger, and Kaylee Gothelf

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Managing Fatigue with Technology for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Janie Grant, May Anne Gamueda, America Ortega, and Jordan Song

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Measuring Physiological Responses to Sensation in Typical Adults, Sarah Button, Kristen Christensen, and Emily Minor

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Measuring The Outcomes of Therapeutic Listening in Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Hannah Tashjian, Donielle Hair, and Phoebe Taasan

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Older Adults’ Perspective: Exploring the Experience of Owning a Guide Dog, Jeffrey Kou, Yvonne Lam, Patricia Lyons, and Susan Nguyen

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Pilot Study: Assistive Technology as a Vocational Support for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Erin Chaffee, Tina Ho, and Kevin Ng

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Resilience and Protective Factors in Older Adults, Jessica McClain, Katelyn Gullatt, and Caroline Lee

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Survey of Sensory Diet Use Among California Occupational Therapy Practitioners, Morganne Peterson, Allison Hunt, and Emily White

Theses/Capstones from 2017

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Collaborative Approach to School-Based Occupational Therapy Sensorimotor Programs, Brooke Czuleger, Emily Garnica, Jessica Phung, and Maciej Rzepka

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Efficacy of Therapeutic Listening® Quickshifts in Children with Sensory Processing Difficulties, Shannon Preto, Ann Malloy, and Bryant Luong