IRB Number


Date of Award

Winter 1-6-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Susan MacDermott, OTD, OTR/L, Doctoral Coordinator

Second Advisor

Becki Cohill, OTD, OTR/L, Doctoral Coordinator

Third Advisor

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

Medical Subject Headings

Homeless Persons, Poverty, Mental Health, Occupational Therapy, Needs Assessment, Qualitative Research, Adult, Female


This paper seeks to identify the occupational barriers and needs of homeless women and women at risk of homelessness. A qualitative research study was performed to learn more about the lived experience of two women at-risk of homelessness. Themes uncovered in this study are described in order to provide more understanding and advocacy for this population. A program proposal was delivered for future fieldwork students to provide occupational therapy students at this resource center.


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.


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