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8/5/2020 to 8/26/2020
When: Wednesdays, August 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
1:00-5:00 pm Mountain Time
Where: Livestreamed via Zoom Video Conferencing
Presenter: Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR/L
Contact: (720) 507-7461

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Research Mentorship Program

The Research Mentorship program is intended to help participants learn to initiate studies that can be completed over the course of 1-2 years. Live-streamed, video conferenced small group discussions allow participants to develop the key features of their study. Published researcher, Dr. Sarah Schoen, PhD, STAR Institute Director of Research, provides participants with in-depth training, support and further mentoring post-course during two scheduled follow-up phone meetings (included in registration). Additional mentoring sessions are available upon request. 

This course will be held via Zoom Video Conferencing August 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, 2020
from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm Mountain Time


Special offer for this year only!  $899 per person


  • 16 hours of online content (four 4-hour blocks)
  • 2 online consults

Additional Consultation (beyond 2 included sessions) available upon request at $50/hr

**It is recommended that participants attend with a partner from their site or a collaborating site. When attending solo, participants should consider if they have any of the following resources in place; an on-site research partner, affiliation or relationship with local university, and/or administration approval for the study. These resources can be useful for insuring completion of the study. Please email education@spdstar.org to get the details on individual attendance so that you can get the most out of this program.

Topic by Week

Week 1: Introduction to Single-Subject Research Designs: Key elements of Single-Subject Designs

In class and Homework: Develop a Research Question

Week 2: Features of Multiple Baseline Designs: Concurrent and Nonconcurrent Designs

In class and Homework: Define the manualized intervention, insuring fidelity and expected outcomes

Week 3: Data Collection: Nuts and Bolts of a Research Proposal

In class and homework: Define the method and the repeated measure

Week 4: Keys to Data Analysis: Creating Graphs

In class and homework: Finalize the Research Proposal in advance of first consultation session


Who Should Attend

This mentorship program is designed for clinicians or researchers who are interested in conducting their own treatment effectiveness study. The ideal candidate for participating in this program would be:

  • Clinician, researcher or faculty member
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in practice
  • Research or Clinical Practice that has a focus on individuals with sensory processing and integration challenges (pediatric, youth, or adult)
  • Support from place of employment to conduct a study


Benefits Include:

  • Mentoring by an experienced, published researcher who understand clinical practice
  • Small group discussions to facilitate development of a research proposal
  • Transitioning from clinician to clinician-researcher or from novice researcher to more experienced researcher
  • Learning how to utilize research methods to document client/family progress in treatment
  • Networking with other experienced clinicians and researchers
  • Receiving ongoing mentoring for initiation and completion of a study


Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR/L
Director of Research, STAR Institute

Dr. Schoen is an occupational therapist with 25 years of experience and a doctorate in occupational therapy from New York University (2001). She is currently the Director of Research at STAR Institute and an Associate Professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, working with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. During her fellowship she was awarded the Developmental Psychology Endowment Grant from the William T Grant foundation to study the Sensory Processing Scales which she is co-developing and researching with Dr. Miller. Previously, Dr. Schoen taught in the graduate program of occupational therapy department at New York University and served as an advisor for advanced master’s degree students' research. She is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has advanced training in Sensory Integration Therapy, Therapeutic Listening, and assistive technology. In 1997, Dr. Schoen received the Recognition of Achievement Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 2011.

Learning Objectives

The objective of STAR Institute's Research Mentorship program is to provide participants with an understanding of Single-Subject Research and to support development of a research study for completion at their clinical or research site.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish various single subject designs
  • Identify the key elements of Single Subject Research
  • Understand when to use a Multiple baseline design – concurrent or nonconcurrent
  • Articulate advantages and disadvantages of single-subject research
  • Complete a draft of a research proposal with all elements included, e.g. research question, manualized intervention, fidelity, repeated measure
  • Acquire knowledge to implement a pilot study

Continuing Education

STAR Institute is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Approximately 16 Professional Contact Hours (1.6 CEUs) are awarded for full completion of the program. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Cancellation Policy

All registrations must be finalized or cancelled for a full refund by July 29, 2020. Registrations cancelled after July 29, 2020 may be substituted or deferred to a future course sponsored by STAR Institute. Staff must be notified of substitutions at least 24 hours before the start of the event. Registrations cancelled due to a family emergency or other unexpected event or illness will be deferred to a future course sponsored by STAR Institute.

In the event this program must be cancelled due to illness, fire, strikes, war, acts of God, terrorism or other causes that would prevent the event from taking place, STAR Institute will attempt to reschedule the event. If the event is unable to be rescheduled, STAR Institute will refund all tuition fees paid.

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