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 2016

Effect of Therapeutic Listening®: A Retrospective Data Analysis, Erin Sheehy and Maria Brasesco

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Examining the Validity of the Preschool Kitchen Task Assessment, Christine Kim and Angelica Soltis

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Facilitating Effective Communication Between First Responders and Older Adults During Fall Incidents: An Educational Intervention, Krystin M. Beeman, Erica L. Berger, Isabel A. Cabezas, and Nicole M. Mathews

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Handwriting & Metacognition: The Relationship Between Penmanship and Self-Reflection, Rachel E. Malmquist, Chelsey M. Robinson, Kirsten L. Rogers, and Andrea B. Sosa

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Increasing Occupational Participation of Older Adults with Low Vision Through an Occupation-Based Exercise Video, Valerie J. DeRoos and Skyler Moon

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Preventing and Reducing Falls in Assisted Living Facilities: An Educational Intervention, Jennifer A. Borcich, Raquel F. Ramos, and Taylor S. Wong

Sleep as an Occupation in College Students: An Exploratory Study, Michelle Del Rosario, Amanda Cervantes, Lisa Mrsny, and Carl Fitzgerald

The Effect of Therapeutic Listening® on Bilateral Coordination, Emily Smiley, Daryl Arora, Jiawen Liang, and Melissa Ramirez

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The Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise Program for Older Adults, Anna Lee, Courtney Beyer, Jessica Lim, and Sienna Anderson

The Relationship Between Somatosensory Processing and Handwriting Proficiency, Hillary Colby, Ani K. Courville, Sherin Thomas, and Salwa Yaser

Theses/Capstones from 2015

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A Matter of Balance: Program Outcomes for Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Tiffany Lau, Victoria Reyes, Adrienne Angeles, and Leslie Hollaway

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Bridge/Adapt: A Systematic Cognitive Rehabilitation Curriculum, Julie S. Bergen, Natalie Repin, Amy Bennet, and Abigail LaFrenz

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FRET: Validity of a Fall Risk Evaluation Tool for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries, Desiree Shaver, Colon Mikaela, Irene Leung, and Melanie Shea

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Helping Parents Navigate Occupational Therapy in the IEP Process, Noelle Bakken, Kelly Calton, Molly Hyland, and Shannon Landau

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Interprofessional Collaboration Between Occupational Therapists and Nurses in an Acute Care Setting: An Exploratory Study, Bethany Loy, Holly Micheff, Kelly Nguyen, and Vincent O'Brien

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Oral Wellness: Using Occupational Therapy to Enhance Oral Hygiene Delivery in Long-Term Care, Lauryn J. Banovitz, Liberty Bellah, and Rosemarie Lion

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Participants' Perceptions of Factors in Preventing Falls, Rajvinder K. Bains, Jaclyn A. Fok, Nadine M. Marcelo, and Tamara Vileshina

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PediApp Finder: Creating a Pediatric Application Database, Sara Pro, Adrianne LeBlanc, April Wasjutin, and Robert Williams

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Standardized Patients in Occupational Therapy Education, Andrea E. Battle, Jessica M. Borceguin, Joanna P. Dizon, and Lai Zan Saechao

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The Preschool Kitchen Task Assessment (PKTA): Assessing Validity of a Performance-based Assessment of Executive Function, Emily Fry, Hayley Gilligan, Liza Henty-Clark, and Jennifer Weissensee

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Therapeutic Listening® and Bilateral Coordination in Typically Developing Children, Shanee Ben-Haim, Cassandra DeBonis, Jane Schwartz, and Amy Smith-Schwartz

Theses/Capstones from 2014

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An Inventory of Evidence-Based Health and Wellness Assessments for Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Elliott David Brent and Matthew Jordan Carlson

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A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of First-Generation Peer Mentors, Cindelle Leyson, Jessica Suzanne Taylor, and Tiffany Torres

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A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Contrast Baths to Cryotherapy in Patients with a Wrist Fracture, Elizabeth Ashley Brown and Brittany Nicole Phipps

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Developing a Data Compilation for the Marin Autism Collaborative, Sarah Jane Dequis Calub, Nicole Marie Hofeditz, and Caitlin Danae McIntyre