Doctoral Student

What year did you start the program?  

List your prior degrees and institutions  
B.S. Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermont 2008 
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Vermont 2011 

What is your current research setting, mentor’s name, and name of lab (if appropriate).
Mentors:  Dr. Elise Townsend 

What do you think is special about the PhD in RS program here at IHP?    
This program provides access to world class faculty mentorship and research facilities to help students develop the skills needed to meet the needs of a rapidly advancing healthcare landscape. 

Why did you choose to come to this program rather than a doctoral research program in your specific profession?   
I was drawn to the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program because the opportunity to collaborate and learn with other allied healthcare professionals. The majority of my professional experience has been in interdisciplinary clinics and I feel strongly that this model can optimize patient care and research.

What are your goals for the future after you graduate?  
I hope to further the growing body of evidence-based practice available for patients with pediatric neurodegenerative disorders.  With so many new medical interventions on the horizon, rehabilitation science professionals will need to re-evaluate how we provide optimal care for patients with new available treatments.

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