Kristen Pickett joined the Occupational Therapy program as an assistant professor in August after spending the past four years completing her post-doctoral work at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.
Her research is centered on how the brain and body interphase during movement, particularly as this relates to Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Pickett grew up in Darlington, Wis., and earned her undergraduate degree from UW–Platteville before earning a master’s and Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.
Moving forward, Pickett will conduct research looking for PD biomarkers in an effort to better treat and possibly diagnose the disease before symptoms set in.
She also is looking to start a research project with people who live in rural parts of Wisconsin to examine the potential psychological and social benefits of exercise for those with PD. In this regard, Pickett is seeking individuals with PD to take part in the study. For details, email Kristen Pickett at: email@example.com
Brittany Travers is one of the Occupational Therapy program’s newest members, joining the faculty roster in August. But she is no stranger to the UW–Madison campus.
Travers, who earned a master’s and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Alabama, has been conducting post-doc work at UW–Madison’s Waisman Center over the past three years.
Her work at the Waisman Center utilizes imaging technologies to examine how the brain of those with autism changes with age. Moving forward, Travers is interested in further researching motor abilities of those with developmental disorders.
One of the more interesting findings in her work to date is that motor impairments in those with autism appear to be related to the core symptoms and overall severity of autism, which may mean motor difficulties are not peripheral to the disorder, but centrally connected to it.
Travers is working to translate her research into interventions to improve the daily lives of those with autism.