What year did you start the program?
What are your prior degrees and at which institutions?
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire ‘17
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire ‘16
What was your favorite course in the program?
OH 885: Leadership in Interprofessional Teams
What was your Innovation Project title?
Occupational Therapy Vocational Profile (OTVP): Supporting Transition and Employment Opportunities for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Tell us about your Innovation Project.
For my innovation project, I developed a comprehensive three-part evaluation tool that measures performance skills based on the Person-Environment-Occupation (PEO) Model that impacts vocational success. This tool aims to support young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and concurrent mental health challenges as they transition to adulthood and seek supported or competitive employment.
What do you think is special about the Post-Professional OTD program here at the MGH Institute?
The PP-OTD program at MGH IHP focuses on designing innovative solutions to everyday problems, professional development, and interprofessional collaboration. The sense of community, teaching experiences, and mentorship pairings truly make it stand out!
Why did you choose to come to this program?
I knew from the start I wanted to join a PP-OTD program that valued inclusivity, mentorship, interprofessional practice, and provided opportunities to develop as an occupational therapy practitioner (OTP). The IHP’s PP-OTD program offers career-advising, ongoing mentorship, teaching fellow opportunities, and a chance to work collaboratively with other disciplines towards developing innovative solutions to everyday problems.
What are your goals for the future after you graduate?
While my goals continue to evolve, I intend to continue my leadership journey, whether that be mentoring new clinicians, designing programs for interprofessional practice, or through advocacy. As a clinician, educator and leader, I will continue to promote access to occupational therapy services for all individuals in order to increase participation and independence in daily activities.