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Congratulations to the 2021 AOTF Research Grant Recipients!

NBCOT’s board of directors is committed to supporting research with the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF).

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

Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients! Visit 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
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
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