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Kathleen Melei received her doctorate of occupational therapy (OTD) from Huntington University. Kathleen does research in Rehabilitation Medicine, Geriatrics, Behavioral Health, and Allied Health Science and currently works in outpatient pediatrics. Her current project is her doctoral capstone project titled: "Development of a Community-Based Program to Address Older Adult Mental Health Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic with an Occupational Therapy Approach"
November 2018 - March 2020
Notre Dame University
- Research Assistant
Final Presentation of Doctoral Capstone Project 2021
Abstract This study and its components were part of an OTD (Doctor of Occupational Therapy) capstone project that is working develop a program to address social isolation and loneliness within the older adult population during COVID-19. The current study served as a qualitative follow-up for results from a previous study conducted by the primary...
The current study evaluated the relationship between social participation and quality of life (QoL) for older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community-dwelling adults (N = 230) age 65 or older completed an online survey providing demographic data to identify changes in lifestyle routine during the pandemic using the COVID-19 Quality of Life (...
Pending publication with Student Journal of Occupational Therapy
Background: Social isolation during COVID-19 has the capacity to impact older adults’ physical health, mental health, and quality of life. Using an occupational therapy perspective of social participation as an occupation, the current study explores (a) the extent to which social participation (habits/routines) has changed following the onset of th...
Abstract Purpose: The purpose of this case-series study was to assess the relationship between three instructional methods that fall within the parameters of the revised Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education fieldwork objective C.1.9 and perceived student competence and confidence in providing therapy services in a behavioral hea...
The purpose of this study was to explore the unique experiences of older adults amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to further understand the relationship between social participation and quality of life (QOL). Utilizing survey and interview responses from community-dwelling older adults, current evidence, and an occupational therapy perspective, a commun...
The purpose of this study was to investigate how emotion and arousal during an ongoing task interact to effect older adults' performance on a prospective memory task.
Prospective memory (PM) is characterized by memory for a planned action at a specific time in the future while being involved in an ongoing activity. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of an emotionally arousing ongoing task on PM. It was predicted that, overall, emotion would impact PM to a greater extent than arousal and PM w...
https://our-social-network.weebly.com The purpose of this study was to explore the unique experiences of older adults amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to further understand the relationship between social participation and quality of life. Utilizing survey and interview responses from community-dwelling older adults, current evidence, and an occupational therapy perspective, a community-based program manual was developed for older adult clients of the Will County Health Department in Joliet, Illinois. This study and its components were part of an OTD (Doctor of Occupational Therapy) capstone project that is working to facilitate improved prevention and intervention for social isolation and loneliness to support the older adult population within the context of COVID-19. Keywords: older adults, mental health, social isolation, loneliness, COVID-19, occupational therapy
The purpose of this study is to assess the relationship between three different instructional methods (standardized patients, lived experience academics, and case study) on perceived student competence and confidence to provide occupational therapy (OT) services in behavioral health settings.
Mental health is an important aspect of occupational therapy, however, may not be emphasized enough during academic preparation for effective clinical practice. The study examined second year occupational therapy doctoral students from a midwestern private university on perceived personal preparedness to apply occupational therapy mental health services. The results from the survey (n=28) and focus group (n=6) suggested that a perceived gap exists between current psychosocial requirements and individual perceptions of preparedness for mental health. Throughout the focus group participants expressed that occupational therapists should provide more mental health services regarding client-centered and holistic care. Participants showed an interest in working in mental health in the future as an occupational therapy practitioner. However, the findings revealed that education and understanding of an occupational therapists' role in mental health inhibited students from pursuing the role further. Students’ perceptions, analyzed through quantitative and qualitative results, revealed that a stronger administration of education and fieldwork may better prepare students to integrate occupational therapy in mental health. Key words: mental health, psychosocial, occupational therapist, student, preparedness, fieldwork, ACOTE