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The Capstone allows doctoral students to enhance skills in advanced clinical practice, scholarship, administration, leadership, advocacy, program and policy development, education or theory development. The field experience may occur in a traditional or non-traditional site, and the student is expected to perform beyond that of an entry-level occupational therapist.

Submissions from 2020

All Capstone presentations from 2020 are housed within the USD Libraries online repository at

Submissions from 2019

Submissions from 2018

  • Reducing the risk of falls in the older adult population, Chase Brandner, OTS
  • Empowering survivors of human trafficking, Krista Crook, OTS
  • Promoting adaptive responses in children using an OT-SI approach, Nicole Fluth, OTS
  • A life skills training program for veterans experiencing homelessness residing in Volunteers of America, Dakotas emergency housing, Michelle Holbeck, OTS
  • Developing an occupation-based, trauma-informed camp & retreat program, Katelyn Holbrook, OTS
  • Implementation of caring for the caregiver: A dementia caregiver training program, Riley Johnson, OTS
  • Predictive indicators of independence at discharge from acute rehabilitation: A retrospective study, Nicole Kuhl, MS
  • Animal assisted therapy in occupational therapy, Beth Laskowski, OTS
  • Sensory integration and the role of occupational therapy in the treatment of children with idiopathic toe walking, Kaitlyn Ludwig, OTS
  • A transitional occupational therapy program to enhance physical and psychosocial well-being among children from poor families in Eldoret, Kenya, Lindsey Mettler, OTS
  • Gardening as a meaningful occupation for individuals with dementia, Alaina Meyer, OTS
  • Efficacy of yoga on occupational performance among children with developmental delays, Shelby Myers, OTS
  • The effectiveness of a life skills program in improving IADL performance by adults with mental health disorders, Whitney Redler, OTS
  • Exploring vision-based occupational therapy interventions, Megan Van Heerde, OTS
  • The impact of sensory-based strategies on teachers’ perceptions of behavior and learning in elementary-aged children, Kenzie Vander Molen, OTS
  • Emotional and behavioral program of school aged youth, Rachel Warnke, OTS
  • Occupational therapy in the classroom: An educational and consultative program for teachers in a child care setting, Stephanie Wells, OTS