Additional Resources for OT Research

Links for Research Funding Sources

Federal government and non-government links


Guides to information sources.

Pathfinders are guides to information sources on specific topics often researched by occupational therapists.  They include resources that can be found in The Wilma L. West Library/OTSEARCH, and on the internet. Pathfinders direct you to specific and reliable sources of information on a topic.  The books, videos, websites and other sources that are included on the pathfinders have been evaluated and selected by librarians at the Wilma L. West Library, so you can be confident that the information will be current, reliable and credible. 

Archives of Occupational Therapy

Edited by Wm. R. Dunton, Jr., MD, Volumes I-III, 1922-1924

The Wilma L. West Library is pleased to release the Archives of Occupational Therapy, edited by Wm. R. Dunton, Jr., MD,  Volumes I-III, 1922-1924.     
The digitization and open access of the Archives was made possible with the generosity of donors through Causes.com, summer of 2011.

Promoting Integrity in the Next Generation of Researchers: A Curriculum for Responsible Conduct of Research in Occupational Therapy.

Created in 2005, this AOTF/AOTA project uses readings, lectures, and case studies to encourage responsible design, conduct, management, dissemination, and review of research.

Research Competencies

Developed by AOTF's Academic Development Committee and approved by the AOTA Representative Assembly in 1998.

Developed by AOTF's Academic Development Committee, these Research Competencies were approved by the AOTA Representative Assembly in 1998. They are intended to provide support for educators working to meet the ACOTE Standards for Education.
Research is a way of discovering knowledge through the systematic investigation of a phenomenon or problem.

Occupational Therapy Research Agenda

Created by AOTF and AOTA, the Agenda identifies the major research goals and priorities for occupational therapy research.

Documents to download

Topic Specific

(This page is a work-in-progress, please bear with us as we update and organize OT research resources for you)

Community Engagement Studios: A Structured Approach to Obtaining Meaningful Input From Stakeholders to Inform Research
Joosten YA, Israel TL, Williams NA, Boone LR, Schlundt DG, Mouton CP, Dittus RS, Bernard GR, Wilkins CH. Community Engagement Studios: A Structured Approach to Obtaining Meaningful Input From Stakeholders to Inform Research. Acad Med. 2015 Dec;90(12):1646-50. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000794. PMID: 26107879; PMCID: PMC4654264.

Research Tools

Toolkit for Remote Inclusive Research by REACHLab
Peer Support Toolkit by REACHLab
On-Line Research Training Module in FYREworks for individuals with IDD

Training Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Training Opportunity: University of Michigan Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program in Community Living and Participation  

Online Training Modules: The Ohio Disability and Health Program, Part I: Persons with Physical and Sensory Disabilities (WB2695) and Part II: Persons with Developmental Disabilities (WD2564).

New Grants and Funding

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) – Research on Rehabilitation Needs Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic