SSO:USA Student Research Grant

SSO:USA’s mission is to facilitate high quality scholarship and a dynamic exchange of ideas that support the discipline of occupational science. To support this mission, it is the goal of SSO:USA to fund student grant proposals that demonstrate direct relevance to at least one of the following priorities:

  1. Expands the knowledge of occupation;
  2. Fosters an understanding of the fundamental nature of occupation relative to health and well-being;
  3. Explores innovative methods to study occupation;
  4. Explores the interrelationship of the discipline of occupational science and other disciplines and professions, including but not limited to occupational therapy.

The 2018 SSO:USA Student Research Grant in Occupational Science application period is now closed. Awardees will be notified in July 2018.

Student Research Grant RFP

For questions about the student research grant, please contact Kendra Heatwole Shank at [email protected].


Past Grant Recipients:


Lucía Floríndez ($1500) -- Exploring In-Home Oral Health Practices Among Latino Families with typically developing children or children with Autism (University of Southern California)



Jason Wong ($1500) -- Preparing youth with autism spectrum disorder to transition to employment (Boston University)



Carol Haywood ($600) -- Understanding Daily Living and Participation from the Perspectives of Adolescents and Young Adults with a Spinal Cord Injury (University of Southern California)

Brittany St. John ($450) -- Exploring Health Promoting Occupations Through Photovoice for People with Intellectual Disabilities (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Lisette Farias ($450) -- Promoting critical dialogue to advance occupational science and therapy toward social justice goals (University of Western Ontario)



Caroline McCarty ($1500) -- Occupations of Families Who Adopt from Foster Care (University of North Carolina)