The Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone: A Framework for the Experience and Project

Elizabeth DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L; Julie Bednarski, OTD, MHS, OTR/L
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The purpose of The Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone: A Framework for The Experience and Project is to provide a step-by-step guide for the development, planning, implementation and dissemination of the entry-level occupational therapy doctoral capstone experience and project.

The first entry-level occupational therapy doctorate program was established in 1999, but even now there is a scarcity of occupational therapy resources to guide faculty, prepare students and to socialize mentors to the capstone experience and project. The Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone by Drs. Elizabeth DeIuliis and Julie Bednarski is the first available resource in the field of occupational therapy devoted to the doctoral capstone.

 Each chapter provides sample resources and useful documents appropriate for use with occupational therapy doctoral students, faculty, capstone coordinators and site mentors.

Included Inside:
  • Templates to develop the MOU, individualized doctoral student objectives, and evaluations
  • Examples of how to structure capstone project proposals
  • Learning activities to guide the literature search and development of a problem statement
  • Strategies of how to approach sustainability and program evaluation of the capstone project
  • Recommendations for structure and formatting of the final written document
  • Additional scholarly products derived from the project
  • Other scholarly deliverables including formats for professional presentations and submissible papers
The Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone: A Framework for The Experience and Project will be the first of its kind to serve as a textbook to provide recommendations that will benefit various stakeholders among the capstone team.

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Part I: Development 
Chapter 1: Roles, Responsibilities, and Expectations for the Capstone   
Chapter 2: Understanding the ACOTE Areas of Focus for the Capstone
Chapter 3: Synthesizing the Evidence: A Process to Determine a Course of Action for the Capstone   
Chapter 4: Capstone Site Development and Communication   

Part II: Planning   
Chapter 5: Practice-Ready Skills for the Capstone 
Chapter 6: Finalizing the Planning Phase With the Capstone Team    

Part III: Implementation 
Chapter 7: Capstone Project Management   
Chapter 8: Supporting Sustainability of the Capstone Project Through Program Evaluation  
Chapter 9: Evaluation of the Capstone Experience  

Part IV: Dissemination   
Chapter 10: Suggested Components of the Final Capstone Report    
Chapter 11: Scholarly Deliverables and Impact of the Capstone


"With over 100 academic programs in the application or development stage for the entry occupational therapy doctoral degree, this book is timely. It will soon be the go-to book for the capstone process."
© Doody’s Review Service, 2020, Yvonne M. Randall, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

About the Editors

Elizabeth D. DeIuliis is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Assistant Department Chair, Director of Community/
Clinical Education and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Duquesne University, which maintains dual-entry occupational therapy programs at the entry level masters and doctoral degree level in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. DeIuliis attended Duquesne University and graduated with a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2004. In December 2009, she completed a post-professional doctorate of occupational therapy degree at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She continues to practice clinically on a per diem basis at UPMC Shadyside Hospital within Centers of Rehab Services. Dr. DeIuliis is an active member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, and a long-standing volunteer for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Dr. DeIuliis completed the AOTA Academic Leadership Institute and earned the credential Certified Academic Leader (CLA) in 2018.

Julie A. Bednarski is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and the Associate Program Director in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to joining the faculty at Indiana University, she was an Associate Professor, the Doctoral Capstone Coordinator, and Assistant Director of the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Bednarski graduated from Boston University in 1986 with her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She went on to receive her master’s in health science at the University of Indianapolis in 1996. In December 2010, she received her post-professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Bednarski has more than 30 years of clinical experience. She is an active volunteer for the NBCOT. It was through committee work at NBCOT that Dr. Bednarski and Dr. DeIuliis became friends and colleagues and began this book collaboration. Dr. Bednarski has presented at state and national conferences on topics including occupational justice, teaching methodologies, and community practice, among others. Dr. Bednarski is passionate about the doctoral capstone and the positive impact this experience has on students, clients, sites, and the profession.