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.

The application period for the 2019 SSO:USA Student Research Grant in Occupational Science has closed. See the Request for Proposals for more information. Awardees will be notified in Summer 2019.

For questions about the student research grant, please contact Rebecca Aldrich ([email protected]) or Kendra Heatwole Shank at ([email protected]).


Grant Recipients:


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 ($1500) -- "Exploring In-Home Oral Health Practices Among Latino Families with Typically Developing Children or Children with Autism" (University of Southern California)



Jasin Wong ($1500) -- "Preparing Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Transition to Employment" (Boston University)



Carol Haywood ($600) -- "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 ($450) -- "Exploring Health Promoting Occupations through Photovoice for People with Intellectual Disabilities" (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Lisette Farias ($450) -- "Promoting Critical Dialogue to Advance Occupational Science and Therapy Toward Social Justice Goals" (University of Western Ontario)



Caroline McCarty ($1500) -- "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)