I am a PhD candidate in kinesiology – occupational science track. I am originally from Illinois and studied theatre as an undergraduate at DePaul University. I directed plays and was a theatre teaching artist in Chicago for 10 years before deciding to become an OT to work more specifically with children and families. I received my MSOT from UW-Madison in December 2019. My research interests include family well-being for families with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, early intervention practices, and researcher/clinician/stakeholder collaboration. I was a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Trainee during my MSOT and have a particular interest in Maternal and Child Health advocacy and training for clinicians that is culturally responsive and person-centered. I am also the proud parent of one of our Ausderau Lab Babies, who started early in healthcare advocacy is pictured with me here just after our first parent-child legislative visit at the Wisconsin Capitol Building.