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Tufts University Department of Occupational Therapy has a strong foundation in research and scholarship that uses innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to increasing quality of life and participation across the lifespan. Our mission is to conduct rigorous research leading to real-world clinical and public health improvements for individuals, families, and communities. Tufts OT faculty have both research and clinical experience that span the lifespan from young to old. Faculty have a consistent record of extramural funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health; Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; and various foundation sponsored grants. In addition to faculty funding, Tufts University supports student research through internal grant programs as well as mentorship for pursuing external funding opportunities.


Tufts OT Faculty have research labs which are situated in the Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC). The Collaborative Learning & Innovation Complex (CLIC), located at 574 Boston Avenue, is a 95,000 square-foot structure that fosters and supports an inventive culture. CLIC provides both sophisticated, specialized classrooms and research labs, and versatile shared spaces. These spaces afford the means for students to engage in dynamic research and learning experiences in public collaborative zones, in the classroom, and in active labs with hands-on projects.