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Stay Ahead of the Curve

With a focus on engaging occupational therapists in both clinical and academic settings, the GW OTD program offers coursework in teaching and learning, clinical research, advanced practitioner. Occupational therapy scholars are trained to engage in a multidirectional and interprofessional integration of basic research, client-oriented research, population-based research, and policy. Graduates will also learn to critically evaluate evidence to uncover knowledge-to-practice gaps in occupational therapy. This will culminate in the student developing a plan for an OT program grounded in an occupation-based theory for the capstone.

Faculty Expertise

OTD faculty members are distinguished leaders in the field. Roger Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA, director of the OTD program, focuses his research on community engagement, arts accessibility, and cultural and linguistic diversity research.

Other faculty areas of research include:

  • Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, Musculoskeletal Injuries, and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Person-Centered Care & Shared Decision Making
  • Implementation Science & Knowledge Translation
  • Making Better Measures

What Will I Learn?

The GW OTD program prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate to individuals how to accomplish daily tasks using therapeutic activities. Occupational Therapists employ a holistic perspective when advising clients to perform activities — the environment is adapted to fit the needs of the person, where the person is the essential component. 

Graduates of the GW OTD program are equipped to demonstrate understanding of the following knowledge domains:

1. Teaching and Learning

  • Technology and Education
  • Curriculum Development in Health Professions
  • Assessment in Health Professionals Education
  • Teaching Strategies in the Health Profession

2. Clinical Research

  • Knowledge Translation in Health Care
  • Introduction to Health Care Quality
  • Health Information, Quality and Outcomes
  • Health Care Research

3.  Advanced Practitioner 

  • Systematic Review (independent topic selection)
  • Quality Improvement through Translational Practices
  • Independent Study with Expert Faculty

Past Capstone Projects

To view some of our high-quality capstone projects from past students, please visit the Health Sciences Research Commons Repository.

Online Education

GW’s OTD program uses an online learning format. The online courses use a dynamic media for self-disciplined and self-directed students to pursue a clinical doctorate while preparing for professional advancement. For more information about online education at GW, visit the Online Education page.


GW recognizes the importance of maintaining accreditation by appropriate academic and professional agencies and organizations. We believe that ongoing accreditation of the University, its schools, departments, and programs enhances our reputation as a center of academic excellence and as a trusted provider of educational and professional preparation. This is important to prospective and current students, as well as to our alumni.

The George Washington University is:

  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting agency
  • On the approved list of the American Association of University Women
  • Member of the College Board

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