Ph.D. in Occupation and Rehabilitation Science

Ph.D. Program Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Position and Contact Info

Research Area

Chuck Anderson

Chuck Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor; Computer Science
(970) 491-7491
chuck.anderson@colostate.edu

Machine learning with a focus on reinforcement learning, EEG pattern recognition, and neural networks.

Karen Atler

Karen Atler, Ph.D., OTR
Assistant Professor; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-6066
karen.atler@colostate.edu

The relationship between the subjective experiences of daily occupations and health and well-being, and validation of the Pleasure, Productivity, and Restoration (PPR) Profile.

Anita Bundy

Anita Bundy, Sc.D., OT/L, FAOTA, FOTARA
Professor, Department Head; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-3105
anita.bundy@colostate.edu

Play as a function of intrinsic motivation, internal control, freedom from unnecessary constraints of reality and framing in people with and without disabilities. Promoting play for its own sake as well as to capture secondary benefits. Reframing everyday risk taking. Measuring the effectiveness of occupational therapy services for children. Development of occupation-based assessments.

Patti Davies

Patricia Davies, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA
Professor; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-7294
patricia.davies@colostate.edu

Understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie cognitive and motor behaviors in children with and without disorders; using electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), and behavioral testing to relate brain activity to performance.

Aaron Eakman

Aaron Eakman, Ph.D., OTR/L
Associate Professor; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-2716
aaron.eakman@colostate.edu

Recent research initiatives relate to the development and refinement of measurement tools and theory dealing with meaningful activity and full life participation.

Barbara Hooper

Barbara Hooper, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA
Associate Professor and Academic Program Director; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-1325
barb.hooper@colostate.edu

The influence of personal beliefs and assumptions on practice. Dr. Hooper leads the Center for Occupational Therapy Education (COTE); whose mission is to promote excellence in teaching effectiveness, curriculum design and educational research.

Matt Malcolm

Matthew P. Malcolm, Ph.D., OTR
Associate Professor and
PhD Program Director; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-5202
matt.malcolm@colostate.edu

Investigating and developing the most effective interventions for individuals with neurological injuries and understanding the mechanisms that underlie neurological damage and recovery of abilities.

Mackenzi Pergolotti

Mackenzi Pergolotti, Ph.D., OTR/L
Assistant Professor; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-5796
m.pergolotti@colostate.edu

Investigating, improving access to, developing and testing the effectiveness of cancer rehabilitation programs for children and adults with cancer to improve their survivorship experience. Evaluating the Possibilities for Activity Scale (PActS; PActS-GO) for older adults with cancer and women with gynecologic cancer to measure activity expectations and self-efficacy and how it relates to their quality of life. Examining the impact of health care policies on daily occupations, including the cost of occupational therapy, the therapy cap and Medicaid expansion.

Pat Sample

Pat Sample, Ph.D., M.Div.
Professor; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-1996
pat.sample@colostate.edu

Children and adults with TBI: identification of TBI, service needs, service access, and life outcomes. Development of the Brain Check Survey, a screening tool to help identify struggling school students who may have an unidentified traumatic brain injury.

Arlene Schmid

Arlene Schmid, Ph.D., OTR
Associate Professor; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-7562
arlene.schmid@colostate.edu

Development and testing of integrative therapy interventions in occupational therapy for those with stroke, TBI, and other conditions.

Jaclyn Stephens

Jaclyn Stephens, Ph.D., OTR
Assistant Professor; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-6599
jaclyn.stephens@colostate.edu

Evaluates adolescents and young adults with sports-related concussion (SRC) and more severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI) using behavioral measures and neuroimaging techniques, like electroencephalography (EEG), functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Overarching goal of improving evaluation of SRC and TBI, so individuals can return to meaningful occupations without risk of new, secondary injuries like repeat concussions.

Wendy Wood

Wendy Wood, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor; Occupational Therapy
(970) 491-1882
wendy.wood@colostate.edu

Efficacy of equine assisted activities and therapy in relationship to participation in everyday occupations.

Linda McDowell

Linda McDowell
PhD Program Coordinator
(970) 491-6243

The PhD Program Coordinator provides support for the students and faculty of the PhD program.