Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Jyothi Gupta PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA



The aviation industry has been growing with the number of aircraft pilots jumping from 590,038 in 2015 to 664,563 in 2019. With an increasing demand for distribution of cargo, a review of the effects of work-related stressors during the coronavirus pandemic and, further, a solution to increase the health and well-being of individuals in the industry is essential. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) addresses fatigue and routinely revises regulations which alleviate job stress; however, the coronavirus pandemic has added new stressors to the aviation industry.


The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the pandemic on pilots perceived stress. In particular, the roll out of policies and lockdown procedures was of interest. The secondary objective of this study is to identify a role for occupational therapy in decreasing stress and burnout for this population.