SSO:USA Student Research Grant

SSO:USA’s mission is to facilitate high quality scholarship and a dynamic exchange of ideas that support the discipline of occupational science. To support this mission, it is the goal of SSO:USA to fund student grant proposals that demonstrate direct relevance to at least one of the following priorities:

  1. Expands the knowledge of occupation;
  2. Fosters an understanding of the fundamental nature of occupation relative to health and well-being;
  3. Explores innovative methods to study occupation;
  4. Explores the interrelationship of the discipline of occupational science and other disciplines and professions, including but not limited to occupational therapy.


  • All applicants must be current members in good standing of SSO:USA.
  • Members of the SSO:USA Board and selected grant reviewers will not be eligible to apply during their tenure in those roles.
  • Applicants must be bachelors, masters or doctorate-level students currently conducting or proposing research in occupational science.
  • Eligible budget items include future research costs or expenses that have been incurred up to 4 months prior to submission of the SSO:USA Student Research Grant application.
  • Research must demonstrate direct relevance to at least one of the priorities stated above.

The application period for the 2021 SSO:USA Student Research Grant in Occupational Science closed on April 30. Awardees will be notified in Summer 2021. 

For questions about the student research grant, please contact Carol Haywood ([email protected]).


Grant Recipients:


Cristin Holland -- "Maternal-Infant Transactions and Outcomes of Social Competence" (University of Southern California)



Amanda Carroll -- "Exploring the Relationships Between Military Service, Occupation, Resilience and Successful Aging in Older U.S. Military Veterans: A Mixed Methods Study" (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)



Lucía Floríndez -- "Exploring In-Home Oral Health Practices Among Latino Families with Typically Developing Children or Children with Autism" (University of Southern California)



Jasin Wong -- "Preparing Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Transition to Employment" (Boston University)



Carol Haywood -- "Understanding Daily Living and Participation from the Perspectives of Adolescents and Young Adults with a Spinal Cord Injury" (University of Southern California)

Brittany St. John -- "Exploring Health Promoting Occupations through Photovoice for People with Intellectual Disabilities" (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Lisette Farias -- "Promoting Critical Dialogue to Advance Occupational Science and Therapy Toward Social Justice Goals" (University of Western Ontario)



Caroline McCarty -- "Occupations of Families Who Adopt from Foster Care" (University of North Carolina)




Anne Kirby -- "Factors Influencing the Occupational Participation of Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Adrienne Miao -- "Family-Centered Research: Exploring the Perspectives of Children with Disabilities and their Families on Everyday Occupations”

Valerie Fox -- “An Exploration of Social Participation for Young Adults Following a First Episode Psychosis” 



Amber Angell -- "Latino Families’ Experiences of Autism Diagnosis and Services: Using Critical Ethnography to Explore Opportunity as a Concept for Occupational Justice" (University of Southern California)