Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

Capstone Project

Going beyond the generalist requirements of a master’s level program, the doctoral coursework at West Coast University prepares the student as a scholar of practice by preparing students for future leadership and advocacy within occupational therapy and the workplace.

The Doctoral Capstone Consists of two parts:

Capstone Project

The purpose of the capstone project is to serve as the culminating project for the doctoral student and will enable the student to see a large project through the phases of initial research and development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination.

Capstone projects will focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Clinical Practice Skills
  • Program or Policy Development
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Administration
  • Advocacy
  • Theory Development
  • Research

Doctoral Capstone Experience (DCE)

The Doctoral Capstone Experience serves as the context for implementing the capstone project. The DCE site provides the student with the opportunity to develop advanced skills beyond the level of a generalist practitioner, deepen competency as a scholar of practice, and complete their capstone project.

The Doctoral Capstone Experience is 14 weeks (560 hours) in length, 80% of hours must be completed directly on-site.

Capstone Projects

A Group Feeding Program Manual For Children With Sensory Processing Difficulties
Ellen S. Park, OTS 

A Self-Regulation Skill Building Group for Adults with Serious Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Issues
Amber Elmore, OTDS

Advocacy Initiative for Dwelle Collaborative: An Occupational Therapy Program for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Carolyn Leong, OTD/S

Advocating for Occupational Therapy’s Role in Underserved Communities: A Mixed Methods Study
Jabari Hoyte, OTS

Caring for the Caregiver: An OT-Based Approach in Caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s and other Dementias
Christina Ramirez, OTD/S

Community Reintegration for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
James Bierman, OTS

Curriculum Development and Interprofessional Education Opportunities Targeting Trauma Informed Care in an Occupational Therapy Program
Valerie Cromwell, OTS

Discovering Mealtime Success: A Program for Parents of Picky Eaters
Jason Bonilla, OTD/S

Educational Sessions for Caregivers with Children with Functional Feeding Difficulties
Breanna Espero, OTD/S

Effectiveness of Equine-Assisted Activities for Individuals With Mild to Moderate Dementia
Charmaine Lim, OTD/S

Health and Wellness and Occupational Therapy Advocacy for Cal State LA Students
Monica Quintanilla, OTS

Improvement of Quality-of-Life and Occupational Participation for Women with Substance Use Disorder
Joy Santiago, OTD/S

Improving Quality of Oncology Rehabilitation as Multidisciplinary Approach
Sona Tovmasian, OTD/S

Life Unpaused: An Ot Cancer Survivorship Life Unpaused: An Ot Cancer Survivorship Program With Telehealth Accessibility
Adrienne Marilla Msw, Otd/s

Occupational Performance Coaching for Caregivers of Children with Down Syndrome and Functional Feeding Difficulties
Kathleen Yee, OTD/S

Occupational Therapy in a Job-Skills Training and Employment Program for Adults with Mental Health Challenges
Orville Gallego, OTD/S

Preliminary Clinical Pathway for Cancer Related Cognitive Impairments (CRCI)
Karmjit Vicki Sagoo, OTD/S

Producing Outcomes for Group-Based Early Intervention
Alejandro Ortiz, OTD/S

Psychosocial Concerns in Acute Care: Meeting Patient Needs Through Educational Programming for Occupational Therapists
Morgan Ashley Absher, OTD/S

Quality Improvement and Program Development for inClusion ClubHouse
Tristen Taylan, OTD/S

Safety, Health, & Wellness for Seniors Living with Mild Dementias
Kevin Tan, OTD/S

Sensory Processing and Emotional Regulation Training Workshops for Teachers of Head Start
Elizabeth Arroyo, OTD/S

Technological Solutions to Improve Occupational Participation for Older Adults with Hearing Impairments
Jian Ku, OTD/S

The Benefits of a Trauma-Informed Aquatic Wellness Program: A Pilot Study
Bianca Callier, OTS

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