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OT Department Research

A recent example of the success of OT faculty and students presenting their research at the international level, Dr. Joseph Cipriani, Professor, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, pictured at left, with Stephanie Forbes, Class of 2013, Reading,PA, pictured at right, stand by their poster: "The use of altruistic activities to advance the health and well-being of older adult residents of care homes: What does the research tell us?". The poster was presented at the International Federation of Ageing 11th Global Conference in May 2012, in Prague, Czech Republic. Holly Young, Class of 2008, and graduate of the entry-level masters program in OT at MU, was the third author.

As part of the educational experience of every occupational therapy student in the entry level masters program, a research project is conducted. Over 100 of these projects, conducted in student groups of 3 to 5 under the guidance of a faculty research chair, have made very important contributions to the research knowledge base in OT, and have resulted in dozens of presentations by students and faculty at national and international conferences, as well as publications in major journals in the discipline of occupational therapy both nationally and internationally, including the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, and many others. Below are links to the abstracts of all the research projects conducted at Misericordia University from 2008-2013.

Research Activities