GOTA supports research conducted by OT and OTA students from across the country. Please feel free to review any of the research topics below to provide feed back to or to participate in. These research projects are not conducted by GOTA, but instead independently through various universities. Questions regarding any of the studies should be directed to the contact listed within the study.


Calling OT's in Rural Settings

(posted 3.5.18)

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) 677-6184. Thank you for your time.

    Whitney Lucas Molitor, OTD, OTR/L, BCG        
     (605) 658-6397

    Diana Feldhacker 




Searching For OT's in the NICU

(posted 3.5.18)
We are a research team from San Jose State University’s Occupational Therapy program investigating occupational therapy’s role in addressing breastfeeding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). If you are currently working as an occupational therapist in the NICU, please help us by completing this short survey about your role and responsibilities in this setting, whether you address breastfeeding or not. Your participation is essential to help us identify the current state of practice in this area across the country. 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:
Should you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact the principal investigator, Dr. Allison Paterson Smith, by phone at (408) 924-3090 or by email at
Thank you so much for your time and consideration!
Dr. Allison Paterson Smith, Ph.D., OTR/L, BCP
Erin Kastelz, OTS
Alexandra Moini, OTS
Erica Ann Strutner, OTS
Eric Ingersoll, OTS
Jim Le, OTS
San Jose State University Department of Occupational Therapy


Free Yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury

(posted 12.20.17)
Purpose: Study the effects of yoga on sleep, pain, mood, and executive functioning in individuals with a TBI
Contact: Dr. Pey-Shan Wen 404-413-1165
Location: Petit Science Center Room 444, 125 Decatur Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
For more information please click here