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.
Theses/Capstones from 2014
The Preschool Kitchen Task Assessment (PKTA): A Pilot Study Exploring Executive Functioning in Children Ages 3 to 6 Years, Annette M. Yuson, Mallory Hope Engelhardt, and Fanny Canlas Dizon
Understanding and Preventing Falls: Perspectives of First Responders and Older Adults, Monica Fernandez, Anita Diep Hin, and Chelsea C. Prado
Theses/Capstones from 2013
An Analysis of Occupational Therapists’ Listening Behaviors During Treatment Sessions, Steven Joseph DeVilbiss, Andreanna Marie Rodriquez, and Maria Tolentino
Bridging the Gap for First Generation Students (BG4FGS): An Occupation-Based Peer Mentoring Program at Dominican University of California, Victoria Danielle Rivera, Marion de Celis Sarte, and Alison Jean Wiggam
Circles of Connection: Finding Social Connectedness and Meaning within Group Process, Julianna F. Bratsberg, Aundrea Marcella Roberts, and Susan R. Untiedt
Computer-Based Cognitive Retraining for Individuals with Chronic Acquired Brain Injury: A Pilot Study, Stephanie Camille Gella, Joshua Victor Ramos, Julie Anne Robertson, and Lucia Diana Ulloa
Decreasing Fall Risk in Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness, Reynaldo Joseph Ballesteros Jr., Kellie Ann Hislop, and Chanita Mary Panchasarp
Developing a Comprehensive Handwriting Curriculum Utilizing the Handwriting Without Tears™ Approach for Typically Developing Elementary School Aged Children, Taryn Nicole Clough, Jane C. Malone, and Christina Marilyn Robertson
FRETT: Fall Risk Evaluation Tool For Traumatic Brain Injury A Master’s Thesis Project, Heidi Ann Mertle, Kiley Elizabeth Richter, and Louis A. Scirica
Healthy Seniors: A Program Evaluation, Andrea Edith Maffei, Matthew Alexander Patjawee, and Jamie Christine Thompson
Increasing Fall Self-Efficacy and Awareness of Fall Risks Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Dona Diane Andersen, Brian Edwin Dinozo, Heather Vengco Enrile, and Brittany Anne Hutchison
Kindergarten Readiness: The Impact of Sensory Integration on Preschool Children's Readiness for the Transition to Kindergarten, Laura Alexandria Boyd and Shannon Logan Sobieraj
Theses/Capstones from 2012
Fotonovelas: A Parent Resource and Education Guide for Underserved Hispanic Families with Autism in Marin County, Tiffany Chi, Monica Christina Guzman Critchfield, and Isaac Xuliang Stahlhut
Task Analysis for a Food Processing Facility: A Social Enterprise for Persons from Underemployed Populations, Louise Bobbitt, Jeremy Darrimon, and Jessi Saaty