My road in life has been direct.
Says disability is just a “person-environment fit phenomenon,” so her goal is to create more encompassing environments through technology.
Growing up, her parents wanted her to work at the local pen factory; instead, she studied to become an occupational therapist.
After college, she worked at a rehabilitation hospital and started collaborating with physical therapists to develop new treatments.
The connection between physical and occupational therapy intrigued her, so she went back to school and got her Ph.D. in occupational science.
Says games have always been used in occupational therapy, so naturally, she was also interested in the growing overlap between technology and therapy.
Now she develops computer games that stimulate patients’ cognitive and physical skills, while simultaneously tracking metrics that will better inform their medical care.
When her grandson was diagnosed with ADHD, she started dedicating more of her efforts to creating games for people with learning and attention issues.
Tells road-trippers to always “look into the mouth of the tiger”; everything is more manageable if you don’t let your anxiety get the best of you.
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