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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy aims at improving an individual’s quality of life by assisting him/her in choosing, arranging and carrying out daily activities. Individuals who may benefit from occupational therapy include those whose daily function and social participation are limited by physical disabilities, psychosocial disabilities, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, aging, or disadvantaged socio-cultural environments. The fields of services range from acute care to communitybased practice. Occupational therapy professionals apply principles of occupational science and activity analysis to determine factors influencing the individual’s occupational performance, approaching these factors from a bio-psycho-social perspective. In addition, occupational therapists often use environmental adaptation, splinting, assistive devices, work simplification, and work hardening to help the individual engage in meaningful daily activities, maintain his/her sense of well-being and prevent regression in function to ensure one’s satisfaction in life. Upon graduation, the students will learn a comprehensive view of occupational therapy, gain practical experiences in different service models, and be eligible for national licensure examinations.

Our school also offers the master and doctoral programs in which academic coursework and practical fieldwork are integrated into the curriculum.

The research interests of our faculty include evidencebased practice, outcome measurement, perceptual motor function in children with developmental disabilities, quality of life for persons with mental illness, stroke ehabilitation, long-term care, work ability evaluation, human movement science (Fig. 1), activities of daily living and visual perception (Fig. 2).

Over 90 papers have been published in SCI- and SSCIindexed journals since 2007. The faculty members have been devoted to quality research through intramural and extramural funding.