Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student
Ohio State University
I am a licensed occupational therapist and full time PhD candidate in Ohio State’s Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Program. At present, my primary area of research is in the development and evaluation of assistive and pervasive technology-based interventions to address health span and quality of life in neurodegenerative and caregiver populations. With a specific interest in Alzheimer’s disease and technology mediated sleep supports, I am working to develop interventions that can be effectively implemented with those at risk of disease development, and across each stage of the disease progression. In order to support these goals, I am pursuing a minor in neuroscience to facilitate enhanced understanding of the underlying neural mechanisms and disease pathologies associated with neurodegenerative conditions. In addition to my academic pursuits, I have also maintained active involvement in the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine’s Neurodegenerative Networking Group as the chair of the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force and as the Social Media Officer. At the university level, I serve as the Council of Graduate Students Health and Rehabilitation Sciences delegate. These extracurricular opportunities have provided great opportunity for growth and professional development.