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Beth Fields, Ph.D., OTR/L is an active, registered and licensed occupational therapist. She is a postdoctoral associate in the School of Health and Rehabilitation, Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. Her doctoral work contributes to, and further informs, her postdoctoral research work. Dr. Fields expertise includes nonpharmacological, environment-based approaches for older adults with dementia which has been informed by scholarship in disability studies, environmental gerontology and psychology, occupational therapy and science, nursing, and rehabilitative science. She is currently involved in a health services research project called the Caregiver Project, funded by the Pittsburgh Foundation (James, PI). As a co-investigator, Dr. Fields is working with the Health Policy Institute to examine system wide implications of caregiver inclusion during hospitalization. She seeks to investigate and translate knowledge related to occupational therapy; in particular, she is primarily interested in investigating supportive environmental factors and associated caregiver participation as well as the distinct value of occupational therapy in the post-discharge planning process. Dr. Fields will assist in secondary data analysis, review design and statistical methods, synthesize findings for dissemination and expand existing knowledge on the impact of occupational therapy services that integrate caregivers during hospital stays.