Author ORCID Identifier

Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2024

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Jade Holloway

Second Advisor

Carolyn Podolski



Background: This capstone project examines the intersection of intimate partner violence (IPV) and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) within the framework of occupational therapy (OT). It aims to develop targeted OT interventions to address the complex needs of individuals impacted by these intertwined challenges.

Purpose: The purpose of this capstone project is to describe the role of occupational therapists in implementing an occupation-based course focused on building self-efficacy in various occupational performance areas (as defined by AOTA) for individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of intimate partner violence (IPV). Additionally, this project will explain a five-step neurological examination related to promoting the early identification of signs and symptoms of TBI to minimize occupational dysfunction and better address the health of this population.

Methods: By conducting a thorough review of the existing literature, needs assessment, and program development process, two programs were developed and implemented: an occupation-based group intervention for individuals who have experienced IPV-related TBIs and an educational program for shelter staff focused on identifying symptoms of TBI.

Outcomes: Although no data was gathered, details about the two programs are described in this paper. The results suggest the potential effectiveness of the two programs in addressing the unique needs of individuals affected by IPV-related TBIs.

Discussion/Impact: To advance progress, it is crucial to expand research efforts to better understand the impact of IPV-related TBIs, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and continue the implementation of these programs. These actions can contribute to developing individualized approaches that promote independence and self-efficacy for individuals impacted by IPV-related TBIs.

Conclusion: This capstone project demonstrates the versatility of OT interventions in addressing the complex challenges of IPV-related TBIs. By focusing on self-efficacy, occupational performance and collaboration, meaningful progress can be made towards independence.

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