OT Student Explores Research Opportunities at Summer Institute

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on August 13, 2019

Nancy GreeneNancy Greene MS’16 (Health Psychology), DrOT’20 participated in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Summer Institute for Future Scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina where she learned about research opportunities and built a network of peers.

Greene said she applied for the summit because she is interested in occupational therapy research and hopes to pursue a PhD and a future career in a research field.

“The most impactful part of the experience was learning about each individual’s unique career trajectory and future opportunities,” said Greene.

Greene said she would recommend the experience to others depending on their interests and career goals.

“I think this experience will impact my future as an OT practitioner by helping me define my future career goals and build a network of support to achieve them,” she said.

Greene was among a cohort of entry-level students who were selected to participate in the institute by AOTA following an application process. The program matched potential student scientists with doctoral and postdoctoral mentors to discuss topics like research in OT, evaluating doctoral programs, and career opportunities.

Greene, who is originally from northern New Jersey, but considers herself a Philadelphian found a passion for occupational therapy after a volunteer experience.

“I believe OT looks at each person as a unique individual and their quality of life,” said Greene. “My career aspirations include becoming more engaged in research, earning a PhD, gaining more skills to become a mentor for future OT practitioners, and staying open to opportunities.”

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Montclair State University, Greene enrolled in the University’s health psychology master’s program. During that program, she had a positive experience and would like to thank the faculty, Dr. Amy Janke, Dr. Stephen Moelter, Dr. Jessica Sautter, and Dr. Vinaya Rajan, for making that possible.

Upon graduation, Greene was intrigued by OT and began the application process to enroll in USciences’ doctor of occupational therapy program, where she has begun to pursue her new passion.

“I am continuing to have such a positive experience working with the faculty and staff in the occupational therapy program,” said Greene. “I want to thank Dr. Wendy Walsh for her encouragement, support, and recommendation that allowed me to have this amazing experience and opportunity.”

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