University of Washington

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Current PhD Students
Jennifer Nash

Jennifer Nash

Why did you choose rehabilitation science at the UW?

After working as a clinician for several years, being in a program that focused on the “bigger picture” was very important to me. I considered more specific degrees such as a doctorate in occupational therapy, but in the end a broader look at rehabilitation was the best fit for me.

Why did you choose interdisciplinary education?

As a pediatric occupational therapist, in the clinic I worked with a wide variety of other disciplines including speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, nurses, nutritionists, etc. and I wanted a program that accurately reflected the interdisciplinary nature of clinical work.

What are your research interests/working on?

My research interests include infant mental health, sensory processing/sensory integration, and teaching/learning. Currently, I am involved in a research study comparing the proportions of environmental risk factors for poor quality of attachment between children with and without special health care needs.

What is your professional background?

Since graduating from the UW in 2004 with an MOT, I have worked in adult inpatient acute care, school settings, and outpatient pediatrics. The majority of my time has focused on working with children.

What are our favorite things about the UW/Seattle?

I love absolutely everything about Seattle. The scenery, the weather, the food, the music, the people, the endless list of activities!!

Do you work?

Yes, sort of. I have a per diem position at Seattle Children’s Hospital working as a psychometrist on a research team where I have 2-3 weekend shifts a month.

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