Annual Occupational Therapy Research Colloquium

Next Presentation is scheduled for August 26th 5:30pm in Damazo, Centennial Complex

Master of Occupational Therapy graduate students showcase their research findings at this annual event. Posters of student community development projects are also on display. Occupational therapy practitioners who attend and participated in the student project review will receive 2.0 PDUs.

This event is open to the public.

Health Care Practitioners, please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Occupational Therapy Research

As part of a health science university we believe in advancing occupational therapy through research. Interwoven throughout the Masters of Occupational Therapy program are research courses which afford each student the opportunity to design and complete a research project. Our projects are diverse supporting our curricular threads:

  • Transformative nature of occupation
  • Evidence-based practice and research
  • Health, lifestyle, and wellness
  • Teaching modalities (e.g., inter-professional, service learning)
  • Advocacy, justice, and civic responsibility (occupational justice & deprivation)

Students disseminate their research findings at our annual MOT research colloquium and many continue on to present their work at state and national conferences. Students work closely with our experienced research faculty advisors throughout the research process. Faculty primary areas of research interest are listed below:

Occupational Therapy Faculty

        Primary Areas of Research Interest

Dragana Krpalek, PhD, OTR/L



  • Health promotion
  • Primary Care
  • Implications of adult attachment theory for work, health, stress, and coping mechanisms

Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD, OTR/L


  • Domestic violence
  • Health and wellness
  • End of life care
  • Education

Heather Roese, OTD, OTR/L


  • Community based practice
  • Dementia care
  • International relief and missions 

Liane Hewitt, DrPH, CHES, OTR/L


  • Community Practice
  • Health and Wellness
  • Youth/Senior services

Arezou Salamat, OTD, OTR/L


  • Early childhood trauma and lifespan
  • School mental health
  • Autism and higher education

Aaron Moesser, OTR/L


  • Fieldwork Education
  • Pediatrics
  • Fathering and Child Development

Doug Rakoski, OTD, OTR/L


  • Therapeutic Use of Technology
  • Conditional Reasoning  in Occupational Therapy Process
  • Occupational Therapy’s role in Hepatology Rehabilitation

Julie Kugel, OTD, MOT, OTR/L


  • Community health/wellness
  • Obesity
  • Pediatrics

Sharon Pavlovich, MA, COTA/L


  • Sexuality (Body image, self-esteem, self-worth, confidence)
  • Spirituality (Inspiration, motivation, connection, transformation)
  • Leadership(Leader/Follower relationships, mentorship, student/teacher)