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Health Occupation Promotion Education (HOPE) Research Lab

The UTHSC Occupational Therapy faculty are engaged in a variety of research projects to increase the occupational therapy knowledge base and add to current evidence-based practice. We have received funding from sources including the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Urban Child Institute, and the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. Our research has been published in a variety of well-respected peer-reviewed journals.

Research in Progress


Mitchell, A. W. (Lead Principal Investigator). (2015-Present). Beliefs about knowledge and knowing: Do they change during level 2 fieldwork?

Weisser-Pike, O., (Investigator), Mitchell, A. W. (Investigator). (2019-Present). Expanded understanding of cortical visual impairment.

Zachry, A. (PI), Surbhi, S. (Investigator), Williams, L. (Investigator),  Chen, M. (Investigator), & Bailey, J. (Mentor). American Occupational Therapy Foundation Health Services Research Grant.

“Inequities in Access and Impact of Post-Stroke Home Occupational Therapy Services in a Statewide Medicaid Population.” (2021-Present). Total Awarded: $99,417

Zachry, A. (Lead PI), Lancaster, S. (Investigator), Mitchell, A. (Investigator). The SPARK Project: (S)upporting (P)reschoolers to (A)chieve (R)eadiness for (K)indergarten Research Grant. Urban Child Institute. (2019-Present). Total Awarded: $20,000

Zachry, A., University of Tennessee Research Foundation Technology Maturation Grant: True Tummy Time  Mat & Wedge System. (2020-2021). Total Awarded: $7,500

Last Published: Sep 28, 2021