Libby Hladik

Libby Hladik

Libby Hladik, OTR

Pronouns: She/They


I am a PhD Candidate in Kinesiology – Occupational Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research focuses on the health and well-being of families with children with developmental disabilities and community participation. I have a particular interest in collaborations with cultural institutions, such as museums, libraries, and performing arts spaces. My research interests are informed by my experience working as a theatre director and my clinical experience as an occupational therapist. I use Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles to guide my work, often using collaborative and participatory methods to understand the lives of people with disabilities and create positive change in society. 


As part of my studies at UW-Madison, I have completed a Community Engaged Scholarship Certificate through the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Through the Waisman Center, I am currently part of the Morse Society, a fellowship for training and research in Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. 


When I am not doing research or working as an OT, my meaningful occupations are centered around spending time with my spouse and child. We love to build legos, make meals together, and be near trees. We love to travel, especially to our family who lives in the Czech Republic. 


Education & Training

  • Masters of Occupational Therapy (MSOT), University of-Wisconsin, Madison WI
  • BFA, Theatre Studies, The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago, IL 


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