Lisa Juckett, PhD, OTR/L, CHT (she/her)
Dr. Juckett is an assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy Division at The Ohio State University. Dr. Juckett’s research focuses on bridging the gap between empirical discoveries and the use of these discoveries in real-world practice settings. Heavily informed by the field of implementation science, Dr. Juckett’s research examines the factors and strategies that influence evidence-based practice adoption, primarily in organizations that serve the older adult population. Specifically, Dr. Juckett’s work aims to develop and test “implementation strategies” that support the use of evidence-based practices in the contexts of (a) stroke rehabilitation and (b) home-delivered meal (or Meals-on-Wheels) systems. Active involvement of community and clinical partners is a hallmark characteristic of Dr. Juckett’s research, resulting in collaborations with local organizations such as Lifecare Alliance and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – entities that provide immensely valuable health and human services to the older adult community.
Mequeil Howard (she/her)
Hometown: London, KY
Degree Program: The Ohio State University; Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Class of 2023/Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Class of 2026
Previous Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Psychological Sciences from Western Kentucky University
Professional Goals: I aspire to work in academia with a research focus in implementation science, while also maintaining a role in clinical practice as an occupational therapist.
Claire Pritchard (she/her)
Hometown: Lebanon, OH
Degree Program: The Ohio State University; Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Class of 2024
Previous Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Science and Minors in Disability Studies and Studio Art from The Ohio State University
Professional Goals: My aspirations upon graduation include providing comprehensive care that enables functional independence and community engagement across all generations. Specifically, I would like to address the social and cognitive barriers necessary for participation in everyday activities.
Taylor Howe (she/her)
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Degree Program: The Ohio State University: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Class of 2024
Previous Education: Bachelor’s of Health Sciences and Minor in Disability Studies from The Ohio State University
Professional goals: In my career, I am passionate about advocacy, intentionally connecting with others, and offering support to gain independence and meet meaningful goals as defined by patients themselves. Upon graduation, I aspire to work as an occupational therapist and implement evidence-based practice to provide the highest quality of client-centered care. I plan to contribute to research in the field of occupational therapy, implementation, and neurological rehabilitation.
Melissa Elias (she/her)
Hometown: Centerville, OH
Degree Program: The Ohio State University; Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Class of 2025
Previous Education: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health and Minor in Spanish from Miami University
Professional Goals: Upon graduation, I aspire to work as an occupational therapist to provide the highest quality care tailored to every client. I am passionate about advocacy for those facing disparities in the healthcare system. Specifically, I hope to work closely with the underserved Hispanic population to provide them with the care necessary to engage in meaningful activities and become an active member of their community.