Sophia Slocum

Sophia Slocum

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I am currently a second year MSOT student at UW-Madison. I am from Northern Illinois and completed my Bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at Monmouth College. Throughout my undergraduate years, I worked as a certified nursing assistant for a home healthcare agency, as a camp counselor and director for a recreational day camp for young adults with disabilities, and loved participating in interfaith and political advocacy work on my campus. I now work as a server and am co-president of the student occupational therapy association (SOTA) at UW-Madison. I came into the OT program thinking I wanted to work in schools, but I am now more open to outpatient and home health settings as well! I am fascinated by feeding interventions and therefore look forward to jumping further into the administrative side of the parent-mediated feeding intervention study in Dr. Ausderau’s lab. I am also involved in a project where we collaborate with rural Wisconsin emergency departments to help create sensory-friendly spaces for children with autism, or any other individuals, and this project has proved to be a wonderful learning experience for me so far. I adore living in Madison, and my favorite activities are going to the zoo and taking my paddleboard out on the many lakes near my home. I plan to work in a more rural area in the Midwest once I graduate and I cannot wait to start giving back to the communities that shaped me!

Capstone Project: Program Evaluation of a Research Engagement Curriculum and its Effectiveness on Research Knowledge and Health Advocacy for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities