Award Date

May 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

First Committee Member

Donnamarie Krause

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney

Number of Pages



This capstone occurred through a partnership with HOPE for Prisoners in Las Vegas, Nevada. As an emerging area of practice, the occupational therapy profession needs more resources and programs focused on the justice system. The lack of evidence-based resources to support future level I fieldwork students at HOPE for Prisoners poses a barrier for students to maximize their fieldwork experience and effectively engage with the organization’s population of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men, women, and young adults in southern Nevada.This capstone experience involved a 14-week immersion at HOPE for Prisoners, including participation in training and workshops and engagement with clients, staff, and key stakeholders within the community. These engagements provided numerous opportunities to advocate for the occupational therapy profession and validate its role within the American criminal justice system. This experience culminated in developing a fieldwork manual for future occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant students performing a level I fieldwork experience at HOPE for Prisoners. As the next generation of occupational therapy practitioners engages in community-based emerging areas of practice, such as justice-based fieldwork sites, it will continue to build upon the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Centennial 2025 (2017) by advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the profession.


Community-based; Fieldwork; Justice-based; Occupational therapy; Reentry; Role-emerging


Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Education | Occupational Therapy

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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