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NICU Therapies

If you are receiving this email, we have likely already corresponded about a research survey being conducted by our group from San Jose State University. 
Today, we are excited to announce the official launch of the survey! Thank you for agreeing to be a part of this important research!
Important points:
  • A link to the survey can be found below. 
  • Please use the blurb below in your post to your members if you are part of an OT organization and we spoke about pushing this out on social media
  • Please do pass this along to other OTs working in the NICU. The more responses we can generate, the better the data. 
  • The survey will be open through the end of March

Official Link:
Informational blurb: 

We are a research team from San Jose State University’s Occupational Therapy program investigating occupational therapy’s role in addressing breastfeeding the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Please help us by completing this short survey about your experience working as an occupational therapist in this setting whether you address breastfeeding or not. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and your responses will be kept anonymous and confidential. Please click on the link below to begin the survey.
Please do not hesitate to reply directly to me with any questions or concerns.

Eric Ingersoll, OTS
San Jose State University



OT's role in school bullying against students with disabilities: Invitation to participate in survey

If you're a school based occupational therapist, please consider participating in our online survey about OT's role in school bullying against students with disabilities. Your participation in this study will help us to identify the ways that occupational therapists can combat bullying in the school system. 


The online survey will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, you will have the choice to be entered into a drawing for a gift card. 

To go directly to the survey, click on:

If linking does not work, please cut and paste the above website address, ensuring that you have the complete address, into your browser, e.g., Internet Explorer.

There are no known risks associated with your participation in this research. Although you will receive no direct benefits, this research may help the investigators understand occupational therapist's role in school bullying against students with disabilities. By completing the survey, you are providing consent for the researchers to utilize the information you provide as data for analysis and in presentations and publications. Confidentiality of your research records will be strictly maintained as this is an anonymous survey that will never directly link to your individual identity.


If there is anything about the study or your participation that is unclear or that you do not understand, if you have questions or wish to report a research-related problem, you may contact Janet Njelesani at or (212)-998-5845. For questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects, New York University, 665 Broadway, Suite 804, New York, New York, 10012, at o(212) 998-4808. Please reference the study #IRB-FY2018-1765 when contacting the IRB. Three students, Aisha Faulkner, Hayden Jeon, and Beth Schweitzer, are completing this graduate research project as part of their Masters of Occupational Therapy degree at New York University, under the supervision of Janet Njelesani, Assistant Professor.


Thank you for your consideration in taking part in this study.


Janet Njelesani, PhD, OTR/L

Department of Occupational Therapy

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development 

82 Washington Square East, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10003 


12/8/17 (Fieldwork educator)

OTs and OTAs are needed to pilot test the new AOTA Fieldwork Performance Evaluations (FWPE) for OT and OTA students for a research study! Are you currently supervising or have you recently (within the past 4 weeks) supervised a Level II OT or OTA fieldwork student? If so, you are invited to complete an anonymous online survey with the new FWPE items. If you are interested, please email us at  If you have questions about this study, please contact Kathy Preissner, Principal Investigator, at


Dear Fieldwork Educators,

We are contacting you about potential participation in a research study to validate the revised AOTA Fieldwork Performance Evaluations (FWPE). In order to participate in this study, you must be a fieldwork educator of occupational therapy students and/or occupational therapy assistant students who is currently supervising a Level II OT/OTA student or you must have supervised a Level II OT/OTA student within the past 4 weeks.

If you meet these criteria and you consent to participate, you will complete an online survey that contains the revised Fieldwork Performance Evaluation (FWPE) items. Your participation will begin at the time of consent just prior to the start of the survey and will end at the completion of the survey. The survey is expected to take between 20 to 30 minutes.

The steps for participation in this research study are:

• You will receive an email with a link to an anonymous online Qualtrics survey.

• Within Qualtrics you will read information about the purpose of the study, expected duration, anticipated risks and benefits, and procedures.

• You can contact the research team by email ( or by phone (312-413-3449) if you have additional questions prior to participating.

• If you agree to participate, you will provide consent by answering the question at the end of the consent statement.

• You will then complete an online survey that contains the revised Fieldwork Performance Evaluation (FWPE) items by rating each item and answering a few additional questions at the end of the survey.

The risks and discomforts to you by participating in this study are expected to be minimal and to have no more risk of harm than you would experience in everyday life. You may experience minimal levels of stress from having to add the task of completing the survey to a busy day. We sought to minimize this risk by making the form into an online survey.

Only the study personnel will know that you have expressed interest in participating in the study. We will not know whether you have completed the survey, as all data are collected and reported anonymously. Once the data have been shared in manuscripts or presentations, the data will be destroyed.

There are no costs to you for participating in this research, and you will not be offered payment for participating in this study. If you decide to participate in this study, you are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time. Your participation in this research is voluntary.

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to After we verify your eligibility, we will send you a link that will direct you to the informed consent form and the online survey. Some of the information in this email will be repeated again. Thank you for taking the time to read about this study.

Principal Investigator: Kathy Preissner, EdD, OTR/L

Co-Investigator: Anders Kottorp, PhD, OT reg


Phone: 312-413-3449

This study has been approved by the Internal Review Board of the University of Illinois at Chicago.


11/15/17 (ACUTE CARE OT)

This study investigates the extent to which occupational therapists are addressing anxiety and depression in the acute care setting.
Here is the survey link:
Thank you so much for your help!
Best Regards,
Megan Dussault
Occupational Therapy (MS)
Ithaca College, Class of 2018


11/14/17 (OTs in ONCOLOGY)

Dear Colleague,
Occupational therapists represent an integral part of the care team for individuals with cancer, both during and after treatment. However, not enough is currently known about the everyday experiences of occupational therapists working with this population. The goal of this study is to examine the daily roles and routines of occupational therapists in oncology care and identify the barriers and facilitators to providing this care.  
As an occupational therapist working with cancer survivors, we appreciate your willingness to take the time to contribute to this study. A high response rate is critical for making this a success – we need and want to include your opinions. Your responses will be confidential and your participation in this effort is voluntary. Please acknowledge your willingness to participate in this study by clicking on the link provided and responding to the survey.
The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. If you are interested, you will be entered into a raffle for one of four $50 gift cards. 

There are no risks, discomforts, or benefits for taking part in this study. Participation is completely voluntary.
If you have any questions or concerns about the study, please email Leah Stein Duker at
Thank you in advance for participating in this important endeavor! 


Leah Stein Duker, PhD, OTR/L
Alix Sleight, OTD, OTR/L

11/1/17  (School-based OT)

"Dear Occupational Therapist,

We are graduate occupational therapy students at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. If you are a school-based occupational therapist, we would like to invite you to participate in our research study to determine confidence levels, practice patterns, and challenges associated with assistive technology implementation in school-based settings in the United States. You are receiving this survey because you are a licensed occupational therapist. Your email was obtained from your state licensure board/state occupational therapy association/Fieldwork Coordinator in accord with all of your board/association/coordinator’s policies. This study has been approved by Xavier University's Institutional Review board.

The following survey consists of 60 questions and will take no more than fifteen minutes to complete. Your responses to this survey are completely anonymous. In other words, your name, email address and Internet Protocol (IP) address will not be tracked, stored, or linked to your responses. Geo-location reporting in Qualtrics has also been disabled.

Completion of this survey is voluntary. You may choose not to participate, or withdraw from the study at any time without consequence. The completion of this survey implies your consent to participate in the study. There are no known risks associated with taking this survey.

The survey will close on Nov 30, 2017. We will send two additional follow-up emails two weeks apart to remind you. 

Click on this link to take our survey:

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the primary investigator, Kate Mimlitz, at, or Claire Morress (Faculty Tutor) at: (513)745-3266 or


Kate Mimlitz, BLA, S/OT

Sophie Gucciardi, BLA, S/OT

Mary Landry, BLA, S/OT

Kathleen Maguire, BLA, S/OT”

Please contact me if you have any questions! We really appreciate all of your help!

Thank you,

Kate Mimlitz, BLA, S/OT
Xavier University
Graduate Student of Occupational Therapy



We are a research group from University of Indianapolis’ School of Occupational Therapy that is exploring the interventions occupational therapy practitioners are currently utilizing in practice with adult cancer survivors. We are seeking out the email addresses of occupational therapy practitioners (OTR or OTA) who are currently working with adult cancer survivors in any practice setting to participate in a one-time, online survey that will take less than fifteen minutes to complete. If you are willing to participate in our survey, please email us at

We greatly appreciate your consideration in supporting our research endeavours.





You are invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to explore whether occupational therapists in rural settings participate in collaborative, interprofessional, low vision practice and how these services are carried out.


We are inviting you to participate in this study because you are an occupational therapist and member of the American Occupational Therapy Association or your state occupational therapy organization


Survey or Questionnaire  

● If you agree to participate, we invite you to complete the survey using this link.

● The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete.
● If you do not choose to participate in the research study, please ignore the link to the survey. 
● If you choose to participate, you may skip any question you would prefer not to answer.


We will keep the information you provide confidential; however, federal regulatory agencies and the University of South Dakota Institutional Review Board (a committee that reviews and approves research studies) may inspect and copy records pertaining to this research.  


This survey does not ask for any personal identification information, in order to keep all participants responses anonymous. If this research is published, you will not be identifiable based on your responses to the survey.  


All survey responses that are received will be treated confidentially and stored on a secure server. However, given that the surveys can be completed from any computer (e.g., personal, work, school), we are unable to guarantee the security of the computer on which you choose to enter your responses. As a participant in our study, we want you to be aware that certain "key logging" software programs exist that can be used to track or capture data that you enter and/or websites that you visit.


There are no known risks from being in this study. You will not benefit personally from participating in the study; however, the study may benefit low vision treatment practice.


You do not have to participate in completion of this survey. You do not have to answer any questions you do not want to answer. You may exit the survey at any time without penalty.


If you have questions, concerns, or complaints about the research please contact Whitney Lucas Molitor at If you have any questions about your rights as a human subject, complaints, concerns or wish to talk to someone who is independent of the research, contact the Office for Human Subjects Protections at (605) 677-6184Thank you for your time.



Whitney Lucas Molitor, OTD, OTR/L, BCG                                

(605) 658-6397 



Diana Feldhacker




V 11.19.09


Dear Montana Occupational Therapy Association,


We are writing to ask for your help sharing our survey with your members. The online survey examines OT and COTA practices with adults and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete. There's an additional link at the end of the survey to enter a drawing to win several $50 Amazon gift cards.


By establishing a profile of current practices, the survey allows for international comparisons; enables monitoring practice trends; and informs occupational therapy educators. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alisha Ohl anytime: or 607-342-2003.


Here is the survey link:


Thank you for your time and consideration,


Dustin Brown, OTS


PI: Alisha Ohl, PhD, OT/L

Assistant Professor

Clarkson University

9 Clarkson Ave.

Potsdam, New York 13699




Hello Colleagues, 

I am conducting an interview in order to gain an in-depth understanding of occupational therapy practitioners’ perceptions and practice of addressing social isolation risk factors among community-dwelling older adults in skilled nursing facilities prior to discharge.

This study is looking for occupational therapy practitioners who work at least twenty hours per week in a skilled nursing facility.

This study is completely voluntary, confidential, and no form of compensation is provided. The interview will take approximately 1 hour to complete and may be in-person, on the phone, or through online communication platforms such as Skype or Facetime.

This project has been approved by Quinnipiac University’s Institutional Review Board. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact the co-investigator, Allissa Smith, who can be contacted via email at Thank you

Receiving such support from interactive state associations is absolutely wonderful. Thank you for your assistance!


Allissa Smith, MSOT, OTRL

Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Candidate

Quinnipiac University, North Haven, CT 06473



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