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9/24/18 though November 9, 2018

Dear Montana occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants,

We are occupational therapy students at the University of Mary – Billings campus who are conducting research with the purpose of identifying the challenges and rewards of rural occupational therapy practice in Montana. We have been approved by the University of Mary Institutional Review Board to conduct this study.

To conduct this study, we have created an online survey and are asking for volunteers to participate. For the purpose of this study, rural is defined as a city with a population of less than 10,000 people. This excludes the following cities in Montana: Billings, Great Falls, Bozeman, Helena, Missoula, Butte, and Kalispell. If you are currently working or have worked as a licensed occupational therapist and/or certified occupational therapy assistant within the past 5 years in the state of Montana outside of these areas listed, please consider taking this survey.


Your participation in this study is voluntary and you may choose not to participate. If you decide to participate in this survey, you may withdraw at any time and will not be penalized. Risk to participants is minimal. In the survey you will be asked to discuss the positive and negative experiences related to your current or past rural practice, which may cause discomfort. This may pose psychological and emotional risk to all participants. You are able to disregard any question or end your participation in the survey at any time.


The online survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Your responses will be confidential and we will not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Following the completion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to provide your email address to receive results from this study. Your email address is in no way connected to your survey responses. All data is stored in a password-protected electronic format. The results of this study will be used for scholarly purposes only.


To access this survey, please visit this link:

You can also access the survey on the Montana Occupational Therapy Association website


We greatly appreciate you taking the time to consider this research opportunity.



University of Mary MSOT students:

Anne Phan,                  Brianne Dandrea,

Justin Cabrera,            Lindsey Hafer,

Ray Strutzel,           Sophie Reynolds,  

Madyson Klapmeier,


6/4/18 EAR:Y CHILDHOOD (60 months & under)

I am conducting research regarding occupational therapists working with children 60 months or under. This research is in partial fulfillment of my post-professional occupational therapy doctorate from the University of  Utah. The survey should take less then 10 minutes to complete. This survey is anonymous and no personal identifiable information will be collected as part of the survey. If you work with children 60 months or under for 8 or more hours a week, please help me by taking the survey.  

Please click or copy and paste the link below to begin the survey. 

  Thank you for your participation!

Diane Tom, OTR/L




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 




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