Michigan Occupational Therapy Association


Opportunities for Occupational Therapy Practitioners to Support and Participate in Research

We are second-year occupational therapy doctoral students from Midwestern University conducting a research study on how acute and inpatient occupational therapy practitioners describe their experiences of secondary trauma. 

If you are an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant practicing for at least one year in an acute or inpatient setting with adults (NOT in a primarily psychiatric facility), please complete a brief survey. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete. You may follow this link to access the survey: https://is.gd/secondary_trauma_OT  

After you complete the survey, please consider passing the link or this email along to your OT colleagues in acute or inpatient settings. 

We appreciate your assistance and look forward to your responses. If you have any additional questions, you can contact the Principal Investigator of this study, Dr. Emily K. Simpson: Phone: 630-515-7127; Email: esimps@midwestern.edu 

This study has been reviewed by the Midwestern University Institutional Review Board and determined to qualify for an exemption (MWU File#22020). 

Thank you for your time and consideration, 
Ashley Lane, OTDS-II 
Julie Suto, OTDS-II 
Rocio Torres, OTDS-II 
Emily Simpson, PhD, OTR/L

We are Masters of Occupational Therapy graduate student researchers at Chicago State University. We are seeking your expertise to participate in an online survey related to occupational therapy practice for clients with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND, also sometimes referred to as functional movement disorder (FMD).

Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. You may answer as many questions as you would like and you may terminate your participation in this survey at any time. Please note that the survey is anonymous and your answers will not be linked to your name and your IP address will not be recorded. The answers you provide will not be identifiable to you in any way.

 We thank you for your time and consideration in sharing your expertise with us.

-Audrey Waechter, Evelyn Guzman, Latia Watts, Lydia Garcia, & Marcus Matundan 

Questions and concerns can be directed to our research advisor, Dr. Stephanie Zuba-Bates at: szuba@csu.edu or Chicago State IRB at irb@csu.edu. IRB protocol #029-11-21.

To participate in this survey, please click the link: 



I'm Hannah Morris, an OTD student at Rush University in Chicago, IL. I wanted to share an opportunity for underrepresented racial/ethnic students, faculty, and practitioners in OT/OTA to participate in my survey study titled, "Antiracism in Occupational Therapy Education: Perspectives of Underrepresented Minority Stakeholders." The purpose of this study is to explore the supports and barriers to professional success experienced by underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, faculty, or practitioners in OT/OTA. 

This survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed using the QR code in the attached flyer (for mobile devices) or at the link here:  https://redcap.rush.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=TF8R74NKK743WXL8

Hannah Morris, OTS

Researchers at Western Michigan University are interested in investigating the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of healthcare practitioners involved in vision screening for children in Michigan.This study aims to understand the methods through which clinicians involved in vision screening identify children with vision care needs and how they determine where to refer these children. If you are a pediatrician, family physician, nurse practitioner, physician‘s assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or child psychologist currently practicing in the State of Michigan and are involved in the care of pediatric patients whom you may evaluate for problems with vision, eye movements (or tracking), visual processing or other ocular concerns, please consider participating in our study!

Please follow click here to complete this short 10-15 minute, anonymous survey If you wish to be a part of this investigation. Should you have any additional questions regarding the study, please contact Sonia Manuchian, co-investigator, through email at: sonia.manuchian@wmich.edu

Hello! My name is Spencer Morris and I am a student in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) program at Saginaw Valley State University. My team and I are conducting a research study to understand occupational therapy students‘ perception of how participation in virtual fieldwork impacted their development of professional and technical skills. We are looking for occupational therapy students who are currently enrolled in or a graduate of, an ACOTE- accredited OT program who are 18 years of age or older. Study participants must have completed two fieldwork rotations, with at least one being a virtual fieldwork rotation that lasted a minimum of four weeks (total or continuous). Study participants will be asked to participate in a telephone or MS Teams interview lasting no longer than 60 minutes. Questions will focus on how their participation in a virtual fieldwork placement affected their ability to develop and use skills such as problem-solving, communication, and hands-on skills. Please consider forwarding this flyer to occupational therapy students and/or recent alumni within your occupational therapy program.  

Thank you for your time,  
Spencer Morris

Hello OT Students,

Please consider participating in a study titled, Understanding Occupational Therapy Admissions Decisions Related to Diversity. Increasing the diversity in occupational therapy professionals is a priority in order to enhance the quality of care we are able to provide. This study aims to understand how occupational therapy graduate school admission criteria impact admissions decisions across diverse applicants. Particular criteria of interest include the General Records Examination (GRE) and interview format.

To further explore this issue, we would like to invite you to participate in this survey to understand how admissions criteria have influenced what schools you chose to apply to, and what school you ultimately chose to attend. The research team is seeking current students in graduate programs to explore factors contributing to the lack of diversity in the field of occupational therapy.

You are eligible for participation in this study if you are a current occupational therapy graduate student (MOT, OTD). The surveys are anonymous, and your personal information will not be collected for this study.

The completion of the survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes. Your responses to the survey will remain anonymous. No identifying information will be collected. You will not be paid for being in this study. Your participationis voluntary, and you may stop the survey at any time.If you choose not to participate in this study or to leave the study at any time, your health care, benefits or relationship at Rush University Medical Center will not change or be affected.

You can find the survey here: https://redcap.link/OTadmissions 

Please forward this to other occupational therapy students. We would love to get their input as well!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Olson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Assistant Professor at Rush University at Linda_M_Olson@rush.edu. Questions about the rights of research participants may be addressed to the Rush University Medical Center Office of Research Affairs at 1-800-876-0772.

Thank you for your time!

Linda Olson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (she/her/hers)

Chair/Program Director, Department of Occupational Therapy

P: (312) 942-7109 |  Linda_M_Olson@rush.edu

If you're interested in recruiting participants for your research study by posting on this webpage and MiOTA's facebook page, please let us know by clicking here.

Updated 6/22/2022