TNOTA Member Research


As a member benefit, TNOTA provides opportunities for members to gather participants for their research.  

Evidence based practice is vital to growing and sustaining our profession.  Please support all OTs, OTAs, and students as they work on their research.

TNOTA members can fill out a research posting request form (found here) and send to [email protected] to be posted.

Non-members may post their research requests on the TNOTA facebook page. 


Current Research Opportunities:

Study Name:

Virtual Reality as a Calm Room Intervention Modality in Schools
Institution Name:
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Dates to be Posted:
Expiration Date of the Study:
February 1, 2020
Link to Survey:
Brief Description of the Study:
Occupational therapists assist in the implementation of student directed sensory regulation strategies to promote learning in schools.  With limited funding for sensory interventions such as dedicated sensory or “calm room” in public schools, therapists rely on low cost environmental modifications or supportive interventions to facilitate student sensory regulation to facilitate educational participation and engagement. According to the IDEA, children with disabilities have a right to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment (§1412, 5, a) (U.S. House of Representatives, 2004) and yet, these compensatory interventions can often involve removal of the student from the classroom when environmental modifications fail, which then has the potential to violate the IDEA. This research study seeks to examine occupational therapist and special education director interest, and perceived feasibility of the use of a “virtual reality” calm room as a viable de-escalation intervention modality to improve the sensory regulation of public school students for education participation in the least restrictive classroom environment.



Names and Email Addresses of Authors:

Cindy Poole, OTD, OTR/L  [email protected]

Joshua Barnett, [email protected]

Stephanie Hamm, [email protected]

Paul Hunt, [email protected]

Sarah Paulett, [email protected]