Award Date


Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

First Committee Member

Donnamarie Krause

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney

Number of Pages



Transgender people have experienced adverse health outcomes and barriers to care, ranging from the inability to provide a safe environment for inclusive and equitable care, lack of social support, and limited cultural competency and healthcare provider training. Furthermore, the scarcity of research in transgender care within the field of occupational therapy contributes to the disconnect between the needs of the transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) populations and the lack of preparedness in addressing the occupational performance deficits of transgender clients and individuals undergoing the transitioning process contribute to disparities that are reflected deeply in the experiences of these individuals. In the acute care setting, an in-depth assessment of and interventions for activities of daily living skills (ADLs) specifically for post-surgical patients can identify any barriers or concerns to participation and address the need for task modifications. The discharge planning also explores training in using adaptive equipment and recommendation to access community support systems. This capstone project aimed to identify opportunities to facilitate occupational performance during the acute post-op transitioning and develop a comprehensive and culturally responsive training program for healthcare professionals to improve awareness and knowledge in transgender care. Advocating for cultural competency is integral to the success of an organization at various levels to enhance the quality of services and better patient outcomes.

Controlled Subject

Occupational therapy; Transgender people


Occupational Therapy

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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