Date of Award


Document Type

Critically Appraised Topic


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Anne Haskins

Second Advisor

Breann Lamborn

Third Advisor

Gail Bass/Devon Olson Lambert


The purpose of this critically appraised topic (CAT) is to explore the effectiveness of mindfulness therapies to assist veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with symptom management. Assisting veterans to purposely engage in rest, health management and social participation are areas of occupation that will increase overall quality of life, as these occupations are negatively impacted by PTSD symptoms (American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 2010; Barr, Davis, Diguiseppi, Keeling & Castro, 2019; Beck et al., 2017; Bormann et al., 2018; Cole et al., 2015; Cuellar, 2008; Cushing, Braun, Alden, Katz & Alden, 2018; Marchand, Yabko, Herrmann, Curtis, & Lackner, 2019; Mehling et al., 2018; Nagy, Pickett & Hunsanger, 2020; Rice, Liu & Schroeder, 2018; Schuman, 2016; Schure, Simpson, Martinez, Sayre, & Kearney, 2018; Wynn, 2015).