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



Increasing numbers of people suffer from obesity and severe mental illness co-morbidly. If these conditions remain untreated, they can harm an individual's health and well-being. Unfortunately, there are very few programs currently available that target both management and improvement of these conditions simultaneously. Even so, despite the lack of programming options, it must be noted that the NEW-R program strives to reach those goals, although there hasn't been an abundance of literature supporting the effectiveness of this program. This poses a concern for occupational therapy practitioners who hope to assist their clients in managing these conditions as occupational therapy treatments must be based on evidence. To build the knowledge base for practitioners and their clients, this capstone project seeks to address this need by proposing an R03 grant to fund much-needed research. This will provide occupational therapists with the tools they need to implement effective treatment. It will provide well-supported intervention options, particularly NEW-R, for clients struggling with obesity and severe mental illness.


Mental Health; NEW-R; Obesity; Occupational Therapy; Severe Mental Illness; Weight Management


Health and Medical Administration | Mental and Social Health | Occupational Therapy

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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