Date of Award

Summer 8-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Pamela Kasyan-Howe

Second Advisor

Kristin Domville

Third Advisor

Lisa Shubert

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational Therapy, Homeless Youth, Adolescent, Homeless Persons, Independent Living


The capstone project aims to explore and identify the role of occupational therapist in homeless youth shelters, to improve life skills necessary for independent living, and transition into the community of youths that occupy youth shelters. The proposed research project will fill the gap between occupational therapist, and youth shelters, by revealing barriers, while simultaneously developing and identifying a role for occupational therapist in homeless youth shelters.


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