OT Students in the Lab
My name is Karina Lathrop and I am a first year MSOT student originally from Milwaukee. I earned my undergraduate degree (in acting!) from UW-Stevens Point, then went on to work as a nanny in NYC for a number of years. Miraculously, my nanny position led me to OT, which in turn brought me here! I am so excited to be a part of Dr. Pickett's lab and to learn about the neurological changes that take place in people with Parkinson disease and other neurological conditions. I am fascinated by brain function and how pathology manifests itself in the human body, not to mention the amazing compensatory mechanisms that we employ! I look forward to doing my first clinical fieldwork split between the burn unit and neurological rehabilitation, and my second in a prominent pediatric hospital.
My name is Rachel Massart and I am a graduate student pursuing my master's degree in occupational therapy. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with my bachelor's degree in psychology and a certificate in geriatrics in 2014, and am eager to pursue research under the mentorship of Dr. Pickett. With special interest in chronic conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, I am excited about the innovative research ongoing in the SMIL and how it may apply to a clinical setting. Aside from my educational pursuits, I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, and anywhere near farm animals.
Hello! My name is Amy Malsch and I am from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin! I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I am now pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy here at the University of Wisconsin! As an undergrad, I worked in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory and I am extremely excited and grateful to continue my participation in research under Dr. Pickett! I have always been interested in the neuroscience behind motor control and learning, and am even more thrilled to be a part of research with such important clinical applications!