Research Mentorship

Upcoming Dates to TBD

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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 A. Schoen, 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.

**It is recommended that participants attend with a partner from their site or a collaborating siteWhen 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 ensuring completion of the study. Please email to get the details on individual attendance so that you can get the most out of this program.

Topic by Session

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

In-class and Homework: Develop a Research Question

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

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

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

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

Session 4: Keys to Data Analysis: Creating Graphs

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


$899 per person. Includes 16 hours of online content and 2 online consults

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

Upon submitting the application, there is a non-refundable deposit of $199 (applicable toward the full tuition). For those accepted into the program, the deposit is not refundable should you cancel your registration. However, if for any reason we are unable to accept your application, your deposit will be fully refunded. 

Payment Options are available, please contact for more information.

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
  • Identify when to use a Multiple baseline design – concurrent or nonconcurrent
  • Explain the 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
  • Implement a pilot study

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 a place of employment to conduct a study

Benefits Include

  • Mentoring by an experienced, published researcher who understands the clinical practice
  • Small group discussions to facilitate the 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 clinical experience and a doctorate in occupational therapy from New York University (2001). 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. Dr. Schoen received the Recognition of Achievement Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1997.

Presenter Disclosures:

  • Presenter receives a fee from STAR Institute for presentations of courses.
  • There are no other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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