OTD Capstone Projects


This doctoral capstone project was completed through a partnership with Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital (VSRH) in Nashville, TN. The focus of this project was the development and implementation of various protocols to be used in group therapy sessions in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. The project sought to provide guidelines for treating a variety of conditions in a group setting and promote individualized patient care. The process for project completion included a thorough review of current literature and available resources at VSRH to guide the creation of multiple evidence-based protocols. This process also included collaboration with the therapy staff to ensure site-specificity and usability, and trials of the protocols to allow for refinement. Through the creation and use of patient feedback forms and therapist surveys, protocol effectiveness was evaluated throughout the duration of the project. The results of these evaluation methods align with idea that group therapy sessions offer multi-faceted benefits for both patients and therapists in an inpatient rehabilitation setting.

Publication Date

Spring 4-5-2023

Faculty Mentor

Elena Wong Espiritu, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR


Occupational Therapy, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type

Scholarly Project


Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


Inpatient; rehabilitation; occupational therapy; groups; group protocols