The School of Occupational Therapy curriculum at Puget Sound places a strong emphasis on developing effective writing skills. The faculty has carefully designed a program of writing assignments throughout the curriculum to develop students' clinical reasoning, help shape their evolution as ethical health care professionals, stimulate lifelong habits of critically reading research, and assist students in producing documentation that meets health care industry standards. In addition, graduate students in the Occupational Therapy program conduct original research and communicate their findings in a written format that is modeled after published articles in length and style. Many of the program's graduate student research projects are subsequently published in professional journals.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Beyond the physical outcomes: An investigation into the experience of a pediatric mCIMT camp, Elizabeth Andrews, Maria Miller, and Ashley Satter

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The Functional Composite Movement Scale: A Comparison of the Pre- and Post- Functional Movements of Participants in a mCIMT Pediatric Day Camp, Amy Bingen, Tamara Burt, and Michelle Gangi

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Reduce Exhaustion: Change Habits and Regain Energy (RE: CHARGE): A Fatigue Management and Energy Conservation Group at the University of Puget Sound, Constance Bradley and Beverley Knigge

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Simple Sensory Strategies for Future Educators, Heather Budd and Brittany Rehling

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Using Play to Facilitate Motor Skill Development of Children with Cerebral Palsy in Mexico, Leslie Coonc and Sonia Nurkse

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Occupational Therapists’ Evaluation and Treatment of Everyday Technology with Adult Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, Rebecca Covington and Gina Kim

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Tablet Use by Occupational Therapists for Preliteracy Learning with Preschool Children, Burnley K. C. Dluhosh and Amanda Y. Burns

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Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Dog’s Influence on Occupational Therapy Outcomes of a Child with Cerebral Palsy, Emily Howell-Forbes and Kathryn Marxen

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Waiting Room Connections: The Role of Informal Support Groups in Addressing Caregiver Burden, Beth Kern and Anna Riggs

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Fun Anatomy: A Supplemental Website for the Upper Extremity, Kristen Norberg, Helen Groffman, and Kristi Ng

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Technology Based Community Navigation Solutions for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury and Executive Functioning Deficits, Marcy Phillips and Jessica Murray

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Addressing Impaired Awareness in Clients with Cognitive and Perceptual Deficits Resulting from CVA, Patricia Pickard and Alaina Osborn

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Touch, Smell, Hear, and See: Programming for Late-Stage Dementia, Kjirsten Winters, Karinn Pearson, and Lindsey Frattare

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Aging in place: Older adults' current practices and future desires, Lauren Anderson-Connolly and Olive Oyango

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Modifications of the Home Environment and Routines in Families of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Jessica Ashe and Tiffany Cunningham

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Sensory Strategies to Support Whole Body Listening in the Classroom, Jennifer D. Baron

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Workshops at L’Arche: A Model on How to Improve Communication in Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Meghan Blake

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Educational In-Service and Training Lab: Proper body Positioning and Safety for Mothers of Children with Disabilities, Tara Curtis

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Pilates Adapted for Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis, Anna Doucett and Jessica Seminary

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The Nature of Creativity in Occupational Therapy, Christopher Ernst and Andrew Moore

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Current Practices, Protocols, and Rationales of Diathermy Use by Occupational Therapists, Grace Faucett and Erin Keeley

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Promoting Safety and Aging Place in Tacoma and the Surrounding Area, Amanda Fischels

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Use of Culturally Adapted Practices among Occupational Therapists in Work Rehabilitation Settings, Lauren Fisher

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For Everything, There is a Season: Purposeful Activities for Adult Day Heathcare, Stephanie Gammon

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Teachers’ Perceptions of The Wiggle Whomper Kit: Improving Sensory Regulation in the General Education Classroom®: A Pilot Study, Jessica Griesse and Jenny Ikard

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The Learning Alliance Between Clinical Instructors and Students at a Campus Occupational Therapy Teaching Clinic: Support for the Development of Clinical Reasoning, Sarah Hunt

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Casts for Creating Success: An Activity Manual for Pediatric Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy, Lindsay Johnson and Min Kim

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Integrating Universal Design Principles to Camp Indianola, Sarah Jones

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The Effect of Dynamic Seating on Classroom Behavior for Students in a General Education Classroom, Dana Kuhn and Sarah Lewis

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Use of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-III by therapists for assessing development and recommending treatment for infants in a NICU follow-up clinic, Katherine Lee

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Occupational Therapists' Perceptions of Factors that Influence Therapeutic Relationship with Parents of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Erin McCarthy

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School Based Occupational Therapists Report on Collaboration with Parents of Students who are Beginning Occupational Therapy Services in the Public Schools, Maia Richardson

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Considering Client and Caregiver Experience after Stroke: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Studies to Enhance Quantitative Research, Theresa Ryan

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Think Twice, Play Nice: Occupational Therapy Tool To Reduce Social Bullying In A School Setting, Ariel Schwencke

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Safe Lifting Training for Mexican Parents of Children with a Disability, Cathryn Thierry

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Determining Sensory-Based Interventions Used by Occupational Therapists, Zena Lia Toyama

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Feeding Activity Book for Home Treatment Programs, Haley Wens

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Client Adherence to Discharge Recommendations from an Occupational Therapy Teaching Clinic Based on Activity Type: Occupation-based, Purposeful, or Preparatory, Jennie White

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Occupational Therapist Practices Regarding Cognitive Deficits in Mild Acquired Brain Injury, Kristina Babbitt

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Secondary Lymphedema due to Breast Cancer: A Look at The Quality of Life and Psychosocial Treatment Approaches used by Occupational Therapy Practitioners, Hannah Baldwin

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P.E. 4 All: Modifications for General Education Physical Education Teachers for Inclusive Classes, Sarah Bicker

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Creating a Virtual Village for Faculty Emeriti: A Proposal for the University of Puget Sound, Alisha Brannam

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Current Trends in Occupational Therapy Low Vision Rehabilitation, Amber Chonsky

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Cooking After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Cookbook for Seattle Brainworks, Kelly Danielson

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Healing Spaces: Gardening Activities for Stress-Reduction, Leslie Dietz

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Building Success From Struggle: An Activities Manual for Homeless Youth, Megan Eidenshink

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Universally Designed Playgrounds: An Outdoor Play Place for All, Mary Emmett

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Family Perspectives on Traumatic Brain Injury: Caregiver Training, Aimee Fay

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Body Mechanics, Adaptive Gardening Tools, and Physical Benefits of Gardening, Josh Flake

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Aging in Place for Families: A Website Designed to Encourage Adult Children to Help Their Parents Age in Place, Leacadia Flores

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Client Adherence to Discharge Recommendations from a Campus Occupational Therapy Student Clinic, Nancy Fuller

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How to Implement and Maintain an Exceptional Evening Out Program For Children with Disabilities and their Caregivers, Devon Gere

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Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Service Dogs: Aiding Veterans to Re-engage in Daily Life, Katrena M. Heagwood

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Life Experiences of a Child with Challenges in Sensory Processing and Integration: A Case Study, Andrea Johnson

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Spiritual History Assessment and Occupational Therapy: Students Using the FICA©, Patricia Kelso-Wright

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Use of Dance as a Medium for Providing an Active Leisure Option for Adults with Developmental Disabilities at L'Arche Tahoma Hope, Sarah Klemme

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The Educational Transition Resource Guide for Parents of Middle School Students with Disabilities, Yoshiko Lindemeier

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Effectiveness of Low Electrical Sensory Stimulation from Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) in Promoting Upper Extremity Functionality of Two Individuals Post-stroke, Shu-Min Lin

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Refugee Resettlement Through the Lens of Occupational Therapy, Emily Lunden

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Educational Website for Village Volunteers, Kara McClanahan

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On-Campus Student Occupational Therapy Clinic’s Impact on Client’s Participation and Quality of Life, Margaret McGarry

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Dogs as an Intervention for Behavioral Symptoms of Older Adults with Dementia: A Systematic Review, Katie E. McLellan

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Nourishing the Whole Person: A Systematic Review of the Effect of the Therapeutic Alliance on Therapeutic Outcomes for Patients with Anorexia Nervosa, Samantha Ordos

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Educational Class Series for the University of Puget Sound Pediatric On-site Clinic, Vicki Parsons

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Gaming Systems and Geriatrics: A Guide for the Use and Identification of Gaming Systems and Games within Occupational Therapy Interventions, Luis Rodriguez-Santos

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The Experiences and Treatment of Veterans Living with PTSD, Wendy Schonwetter

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Strategies Used by Older Adults to Age in Place, Kate Schwartz

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Measuring Outcomes for Pediatric mCIMT: A Systematic Review, Alison Sheehan

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Facilitating Rest for Victims of Sex Trafficking at Genesis Project Safe House, Julie Snider

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Occupational Therapy Practice Opportunities when Working with Mothers with Breast Cancer: A Pilot Study, Katie Tam

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Competent and Confident: An Occupational Therapist Perspective on Sexual Health, Bridget Tanner

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Current Trends in Occupational Therapy Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Small Community Living Settings, Jennifer Anderson

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Parent Perception of the Effect of Integrative Movement Therapy on Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Juliana Bonilla

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Aquatic Therapy for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Occupational Therapists’ Perspectives, Maggie Dubois

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Effect of Music Intervention on Independence in Activities of Daily Living for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Alison Fillmore

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Occupational Therapists Use of the School Playground to Address the Social Participation of Preschool and Elementary School Children with Disabilities, Ashley E. Fletcher

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Adherence to Exercise in Phase Two of Complete Decongestive Therapy, Melissa Giles

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Exploring Occupational Therapists‟ Use of the Internet as an Intervention Activity, Ann Guthrie

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The Effects of Body Mechanics Training on Fear of Falling in Community-Dwelling Older Adults, Justin Hee

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The Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on the Recovery of Individuals with Unilateral Spatial Neglect, Lisa Hegarty

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The Impact of Dynamic Furniture on Classroom Performance: A Pilot Study, Danielle M. Ivory

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Facilitating Psychosocial Adjustment to Traumatic Amputations: Perspectives of Occupational Therapists, Jessica M. Malinowski

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Experiences with a Service Dog of an Adolescent with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Sarah Onsager

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Primary Lymphedema with Intestinal Lymphangectasia: An Occupational Therapy Case Study, Jamie L. Palmer

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The Effects of Gum Chewing on Classroom Performance in Children with ADHD: A Pilot Study, Tracy Pham

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Pre-Surgery Education with Clients Undergoing Total Hip Replacements, Sarah Rae

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Healing Haiti: The Experience of an Occupational Therapist in Disaster Response, Lauren Riggers

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Assessing the Need for Occupational Therapy Services in Programs that Serve Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Washington State, Leanne Schaafsma

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Current Trends in Occupational Therapy Treatment for People with Stroke, Kathy Welters

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Patterns of Occupational Engagement Pre- and Post- Partner’s ABI, Adam Whaley

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Occupational Therapy Needs Assessment of Male United States Veterans who are Homeless, Karyn Best

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Aquatic Programs for Individuals with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: Self-Reported Changes in Activities of Daily Living, Andrea Figueira

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Differences in the Utilization of Therapeutic Use of Self by Occupational Therapists in Military and Civilian Settings, CJ Gill

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The Job Teaches You, If You Are Open to It: The Experiences of Hospice Occupational Therapists, Gaea Haymaker

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An Occupational Therapy Needs Assessment for At-Risk High School Students Attending An Alternative Education Program: A Case Study, Brittany McFadden

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Addressing the Needs of Caregivers: Self-Reported Practices of Occupational Therapists in the U.S., Kimberly Naguwa

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Emergency Preparedness and Personal Evacuation Planning: Involvement of Occupational Therapists, Paul Noakes Jr.

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The Effect of Alpine Skiing on Behavior of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder as Viewed by their Parent., Katie O'Brien

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Life after Upper Extremity Replantation: An Examination of the Experiences of an Adolescent Male, his Family, and the Treating Certified Hand Therapist, Karina O'Connor

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Mini-Mental State Examination and Large Allen Cognitive Level Screen: Predictive validity for discharge disposition among patients of a skilled nursing facility, Tonya Pitman