NBCOT’s board of directors is committed to supporting research with the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF). We acknowledge the recipients of the Intervention Research Grant, Implementation Research Grant, and Health Services Research Grant.

Congratulations to the 2021 grant recipients! Visit www.aotf.org for more information on their grant programs.

Intervention Research Grant

This grant provides funding for the development of new and/or novel ideas in order to generate preliminary data as proof of concept.

Amy Armstrong-Heimsoth, OTD, OTR/L
Northern Arizona University
“Easing the Transition: Occupational Therapy Life Skills Curriculum for Former Foster System Youth”
Mentor: Heather Williamson, DrPH

Jewel Elias Crasta, PhD, OTR/L
Ohio State University
“Characterizing Occupational Therapy Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”
Mentor: Amy Darragh, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Areum Han, PhD, OTR/L
University of Alabama at Birmingham
“A Guided Eight-Week Online Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Intervention for Distressed Family Caregivers of People with Dementia: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study”
Mentor: Hon Yuen, PhD, OTR/L

Grace Kim, PhD, OTR/L
New York University
“Promoting Adherence in Upper Extremity Home-Based Rehabilitation Through Motivational Interviewing and Ecological Momentary Assessment: A Feasibility Study”
Mentor: Yael Goverover, PhD, OTR/L

Marion Russell, OTD, OTR/L
Creighton University
“Impact of COVID-19 on Family Quality of Life and Healthcare Access for Families with a Child with Diabetes”
Mentor: Vanessa Jewel, PhD, OTR/L

Implementation Research Grant

This grant supports research that is focused on helping occupational therapists take evidence-informed practice from theory to reality in their practice setting. The grant develops and evaluates the processes used to implement, sustain, or scale-up evidence-based practice into routine care with an end goal to improve the quality and effectiveness of care.

Lisa Juckett, PhD, OTR/L, CHT
Ohio State University
“Strategies to Promote the Implementation of Outcome Measures in Stroke Rehabilitation”
Mentor: Amy Darragh, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Roberta Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, CNT
University of Southern California
“Implementation of the Baby Bridge Program via Telehealth to Enhance Access to Early Intervention Services in Los Angeles”
Mentor: Carol Peden, MB, ChB, MD, FRCA, FFICM, MPH

Sally Wasmuth, PhD, OTR
Trustees of Indiana University
“Implementation of Narrative Theatre for Occupational Justice Promotion”
Mentor: Dawn Bravata, MD

Health Services Research Grant

This grant supports research that examines how people get access to health care, how and what care is delivered, the cost of that care, and what happens to patients as a result of receiving or not receiving care.

Jun Li, PhD
Syracuse University
“Acute Occupational Therapy Spending in the National Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Program”
Mentor: Andrew Ryan, PhD

Daniel Whitney, PhD
University of Michigan
“The Effect of Rehabilitation Utilization on Risk of Fragility Fracture and Its Related Disease, Mortality, and Healthcare Cost Burden for Adults with Cerebral Palsy: Providing Actionable Information to Inform Rehabilitation Efforts”
Mentor: Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR/L
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
“Inequities in Access and Impact of Post-Stroke Home Occupational Therapy Services in a Statewide Medicaid Population”
Mentor: Jim Bailey, MD, MPH, FACP