Session 5: Moses N Ikiugu


About Moses

Moses N Ikiugu, PhD, OTR/L, Professor and Director of Research, Occupational Therapy Department, University of South Dakota

I am Professor and Director of Research in the occupational therapy program, University of South Dakota. I have been an occupational therapist for 36 years and have conducted research and published articles extensively covering occupational therapy theory, occupational science, and the nature and use of meaningful occupations in therapy. My publications include three books: Psychosocial conceptual practice models (2007); Occupational science in the service of Gaia (2008); and Meaningful Living through Occupation: A guide to every-day life (2015) with Nick Pollard of Sheffield Hallam University in England.

Session Title

Understanding Meaningful Occupation and its Healing Qualities

Session Details

In this seminar, we will discuss the following:

  1. The nature of meaningful occupations
  2. The difference between meaningful and psychologically rewarding occupations
  3. The postulated healing properties of meaningful and psychologically rewarding occupations
  4. Future research to clarify the nature of meaningful and psychologically rewarding occupations
Suggested readings:

Ikiugu, M. N. (2019). Meaningful and psychologically rewarding occupations: Characteristics and implications for occupational therapy practice. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 35(1), 40-58. DOI: 10.1080/0164212X.2018.1486768

Ikiugu, M. N., Lucas-Molitor, W., Feldhacker, D., Gebhart, C., Spier, M., Kapels, L…Gaikowski, R. (2019). Guidelines for occupational therapy interventions based on meaningful and psychologically rewarding occupations. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20, 2027-2053.

Ikiugu, M. N., & Pollard, N. (2015). Meaningful living across the lifespan: Occupation-based intervention strategies for occupational therapists and scientists. Forest Hill, London: Whiting & Birch.

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