Date of Award

Summer 8-23-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Erin Schwier, EdD, OTD, OTR/L, Program Director

Second Advisor

Susan MacDermott, OTD, OTR/L, Doctoral Coordinator

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational Therapy, Ergonomics, Holistic Health, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Biomechanics, Psychosocial Factors


There is presently a lack of occupational therapy interventions that holistically treat work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) commonly found in the hairdressing population. Current studies found in the literature solely focus on the hairdressers’ symptoms, which leads to a more limited understanding of their situation. Furthermore, this focus on symptoms could lead to the possibility of overlooking confounding variables that could play a role in impacting these workers. This capstone project aims to examine the hairdressing occupation as a whole, assessing the health-related needs of hairdressers and create a holistic program that would address current needs and future preventative treatments for this occupation.


Capstone project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Occupational Therapy.