Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Helene Smith-Gabai, PhD, OTR/L, BCPR


The final requirement for degree conferral in Nova Southeastern University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is a 16-week doctoral capstone experience to enhance skills beyond those of an entry-level occupational therapist. During the doctoral capstone experience, students are required to complete a final culminating project that is unique to their chosen focus area which includes the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of their work. The focus area that I chose was academia in an occupational therapy program. I was given the opportunity to work with Brenau University’s Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (ELOTD) program in Norcross, Georgia. I was under the supervision of one of the associate professors, Dr. Helene Smith-Gabai, PhD, OTR/L, BCPR. Together we identified the current needs and created learning goals and objectives that I would complete during my doctoral capstone experience related to the Neuroscience Implications for Performance Skills course and creating a virtual learning toolkit for faculty members as a future reference.