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Current PhD Students
Elena Donoso Brown


Why did you choose rehabilitation science at the UW?

I chose to study rehabilitation science at the University of Washington because of their expressed dedication to interdisciplinary education and the opportunity to create a course of study that fits my personal needs and interests.

Why did you choose interdisciplinary education?

Working in the clinic, I learned the importance of a strong team of diverse perspectives in providing the best care for our clients. I feel this experience translates to doctoral education and having diverse perspectives helps me think about topics in new ways.

What are your research interests?

Most of my clinical experience was working with persons after acquired brain injury; this helped shape some of my interests. I am currently interested in functional measures for hemi-inattention and discharge placement for persons after traumatic brain injury.

What is your professional background?

My professional background is in occupational therapy. I went to school at Duquesne University. After I graduated I worked at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Schenectady, NY on the traumatic brain injury unit. There I was greatly involved in the vision clinic and development of electronic documentation.

What has been your greatest struggle?

My greatest struggle has been adjusting to an academic program that is so flexible. In my OT training, the program was basically laid out for students, here the increased flexibility means that you need to have a clear idea of what you want and how you are going to get there.

Do you work?

Yes, I do still work clinically. I hold two per deim positions at local hospitals. There are pros and cons to continuing to work while you are in school, but I think we all make the decision to work clinically based on our own personal situations.

PhD in Rehab Science Application Deadline

The PhD Program in Rehabiliation Science accepts applications every other year. The next application deadline will be January 15, 2020.

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