Please see the list below for current optional surveys for your participation. Thank you for your participation, which helps promote research of the OT profession.

Exploring OT practitioners' perceptions and practice in addressing social isolation risk factors among community dwelling older adults in skilled nursing facilities prior to discharge (Doctorate Capstone Project)

Eligible Participants:
Occupational therapy practitioners who are currently licensed to practice within the United States and work at least twenty hours per week in a skilled
nursing facility.

Study information:  I am conducting an interview in order to gain an in-depth understanding of occupational therapy practitioners’ perceptions and practice of addressing social isolation risk factors among community-dwelling older adults in skilled nursing facilities prior to discharge.

This study is looking for occupational therapy practitioners who work at least twenty hours per week in a skilled nursing facility.

This study is completely voluntary, confidential, and no form of compensation is provided. The interview will take approximately 1 hour to complete and may be in-person, on the phone, or through online communication platforms such as Skype or Facetime.

This project has been approved by Quinnipiac University’s Institutional Review Board. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact the co-investigator, Allissa Smith, who can be contacted via email at Thank you for your devotion to the field of occupational therapy.

Surveys will be taken through December 31, 2017


OT and COTA Practices with Adults and Children with Autism

Eligible Participants:  OT Practitioners

The online survey examines OT and COTA practices with adults and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete. There's an additional link at the end of the survey to enter a drawing to win several $50 Amazon gift cards.

By establishing a profile of current practices, the survey allows for international comparisons; enables monitoring practice trends; and informs occupational therapy educators. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alisha Ohl anytime: or 607-342-2003.

Survey link:


Occupational Therapy and Mental Health

Eligible Participants:  OT Practitioners
Anxiety disorders affect 40 million US adults while depression affects over 16 million, and approximately half of those diagnosed with depression also suffer from co-morbid anxiety (Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 2016). Lincoln et al. (2013) found that at 5 years post-stroke, 29% of clients had anxiety, 33% had depression, and 20% had a co-morbidity. The long-term implications of comorbid physical and psychological health conditions include poorer functional outcomes and increased rates of mortality and morbidity (Clarke, 2009). In the United States, mental health often goes unaddressed and undiagnosed in the acute care setting, where depression and anxiety (hereafter referred to as "A/D") are often comorbid with physical health conditions (Kannenberg, 2011). While mental health is strongly within the scope of occupational therapy practice (AOTA, 2014), literature on how A/D is evaluated and treated in the adult physical dysfunction or non-mental health acute care setting is sparse.The lack of literature highlights the need for exploring how these mental health challenges are addressed in this practice setting, specifically by occupational therapy due to its foundation in mental health. Therefore, it is critical to investigate the treatment, or lack thereof, of A/D by occupational therapists in this
practice setting.
Here is the survey link:
Surveys until January 1, 2018


Mobile Custom Orthotic Fabrication

Eligible Participants:  OT Practitioners

We are occupational therapy students at Huntington University designing a research project (needs assessment) to determine if a mobile custom orthotic fabrication application would be beneficial in clinical practice. We would appreciate if you could take our survey and provide feedback during this beta trial so we can ensure our survey is measuring what it intends to measure. There is also a link to a Prezi presentation that gives a sample of how the mobile application would work. After watching the presentation, feel free to take our survey and make suggestions. 

Here is the link to the Prezi presentation:   

Here is the link to the Qualtrics survey:   

Your help is greatly appreciated,  Huntington University Occupational Therapy Research Team

Surveys taken through January 25, 2018


Validate the revised AOTA Fieldwork Performance Evaluations (FWPE) 

Eligible Participants:  Fieldwork Educators of occupational therapy students and/or occupational therapy assistant students who is currently supervising a Level II OT/OTA student or you must have supervised a Level II OT/OTA student within the past 4 weeks.

If you meet these criteria and you consent to participate, you will complete an online survey that contains the revised Fieldwork Performance Evaluation (FWPE) items. Your participation will begin at the time of consent just prior to the start of the survey and will end at the completion of the survey. 

We are contacting you about potential participation in a research study to validate the revised AOTA Fieldwork Performance Evaluations (FWPE). In order to participate in this study, you must be a The survey is expected to take between 20 to 30 minutes.

The steps for participation in this research study are:

• You will receive an email with a link to an anonymous online Qualtrics survey.

• Within Qualtrics you will read information about the purpose of the study, expected duration, anticipated risks and benefits, and procedures.

• You can contact the research team by email ( or by phone (312-413-3449) if you have additional questions prior to participating.

• If you agree to participate, you will provide consent by answering the question at the end of the consent statement.

• You will then complete an online survey that contains the revised Fieldwork Performance Evaluation (FWPE) items by rating each item and answering a few additional questions at the end of the survey.

The risks and discomforts to you by participating in this study are expected to be minimal and to have no more risk of harm than you would experience in everyday life. You may experience minimal levels of stress from having to add the task of completing the survey to a busy day. We sought to minimize this risk by making the form into an online survey.

Only the study personnel will know that you have expressed interest in participating in the study. We will not know whether you have completed the survey, as all data are collected and reported anonymously. Once the data have been shared in manuscripts or presentations, the data will be destroyed.

There are no costs to you for participating in this research, and you will not be offered payment for participating in this study. If you decide to participate in this study, you are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time. Your participation in this research is voluntary.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to After we verify your eligibility, we will send you a link that will direct you to the informed consent form and the online survey. Some of the information in this email will be repeated again. Thank you for taking the time to read about this study.

Principal Investigator: Kathy Preissner, EdD, OTR/L

Co-Investigator: Anders Kottorp, PhD, OT reg


Phone: 312-413-3449

This study has been approved by the Internal Review Board of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Surveys taken through December 31, 2107

 OT and Cancer Care

Eligible Participants:  OT Practitioners working in Cancer Care

OTs represent an integral part of the care team for individuals with cancer, both during and after treatment. If you are an OT working in cancer care, we want to hear about your experiences! Please click the below link to complete the 5-10 minute survey and be entered into a raffle for one of four $50 gift cards!‚Äč

Survey taken through 12/21/17