Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2022

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Jessica McHugh


entrepreneurship, management, barriers, challenges, resources, occupational therapy

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The focus of my capstone is OT entrepreneurship and management with substantive focus areas including research skills, administration, and education. Ultimately, the dual purpose of this capstone was to investigate the experience of OT entrepreneurship and management through scholarly research and experiential learning and facilitate knowledge transfer through education and future research publication. The former purpose was be met through 1) the design and implementation of a mixed-methods research study investigating the perspectives and lived experiences of current and former OT entrepreneurs and 2) experiences and projects completed at Piller Child Development in Arizona focused on gaining exposure and experience with the everyday activities and skills needed to successfully own and manage a successful private practice. The latter purpose concerning knowledge transfer was met through 1) developing and presenting lecture and project materials for the management portion of a graduate-level OT course at the University of South Dakota to facilitate entrepreneurial and managerial skills in future OTs and 2) through the preparation of a manuscript to be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal to disseminate findings on OT entrepreneurship and management to a wider range of stakeholders including but not limited to prospective OT entrepreneurs, OT/OTA programs seeking to educate students on the rigors of entrepreneurship, and OT professional associations seeking to support OT entrepreneurs and facilitate meaningful positive change for the OT profession.