Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School


Program or Major

Occupational Therapy

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Barbara White


The purpose of this study was to document member perceptions of an online community-based program that rapidly transitioned from an in-person format during the COVID-19 pandemic. To accomplish this, a sample of 24 adults living with brain injury who are members of the community program completed a survey, and a subsample of 11 of these participants were interviewed. Both quantitative and qualitative data were analyzed using a mixed-methods approach. Results from both methods coalesced around similar themes that indicated the importance of the program in increasing members’ quality of life. Survey results indicated that the majority of members prefer in-person programming to online, however the majority are also likely to attend online programming in the future and would like to have both options available. Themes from the interview included (1) The Program Fulfills Members’ Needs, (2) The Online Format Improves Accessibility, (3) Members’ Thoughts on the Transition, (4) Downsides Associated with the Online Format, and (5) Suggestions for the Future. Discussion includes analysis of benefits and downsides to an online program and the potential utility of this information towards the development and improvement of similar programs.