Meet our Team

THE P.I.

Headshot of Jewel Crasta PhD, OTR/LJewel Crasta, PhD, OTR/L (She/her)

Dr. Crasta is an assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy Division at The Ohio State University. Dr. Crasta is a rehabilitation scientist with training in clinical neuroscience who studies brain-behavior relationships in children with neurodevelopmental differences. Dr. Crasta’s primary research focuses on examining the relationship between attention and sensory processing in autism using neuroimaging tools such as electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). She is passionate about bridging basic neuroscience research and everyday clinical occupational therapy practice.

 

       

GRADUATE STUDENTS:

Amy Watson-Grace 

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Degree Program: The Ohio State University; Doctorate in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Previous Education: Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy – Chatham University

Master of Occupational Therapy – Chatham University

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Capital University

Professional Goals: I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the culture of scientific discovery at OSU’s nationally ranked OT program and to be mentored by Dr. Jewel Crasta, and other HRS interdisciplinary research faculty, toward the development of pedagogical and investigational skills.  My overarching goal upon completing the OSU HRS PhD program is to apply what I have learned as an experienced practitioner toward advancing the science of occupational therapy through conducting original research and disseminating discoveries and knowledge to students, professionals, and other stakeholders via publications, professional presentations, and a role in academia.

 

Katarina Garibian

Hometown: Maineville, OH

Dual Degree Program: The Ohio State University; Post-Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Doctorate of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Previous Education: Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with a Medical Laboratory Science Concentration – Oakland University

Professional Goals: I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful team at OSU as I study to become an occupational therapist specializing in neurodevelopmental conditions. Withhn the HRS PhD program, I intend to conduct clinical research in identifying current evidence-based practices for autism spectrum conditions in OT and review how they can be best implemented to ensure overall quality of life.

 

Madison Rader. First Year Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student

Madison Rader

Hometown: Powell, Ohio

Degree Program: The Ohio State University; Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

Professional Goals: I am a first-year graduate student earning my degree in occupational therapy, with hopes eventually to obtain a specialization in neurology. In the future, I have an interest in working with children with neurodevelopmental differences, and I am thrilled to be a part of the NeuRO Lab and continue my development as a student, researcher, and future occupational therapist.

 

 

 

Eve Ambrosio

Hometown: Marlboro, NJ

Degree Program: Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program (First Year Student)

Professional Goals: After graduating I would like to explore the neurological aspects of developmental disabilities and/or work with children in an outpatient setting.

 

 

 

Grace Gawrych

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Degree Program: The Ohio State University; Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

Professional Goals: I’m currently a student in the OTD program and want to gain more exposure into the neuro side of Occupational Therapy, as that’s something that’s interested me for years. I’ve worked with kids for years and in multiple different settings, and I’d love to continue working with that age group once I graduate and become a registered OT. My hopes for after graduation are to work as a travel OT for a couple years and then finding an inpatient/outpatient pediatric setting close to home.

 

 

Elise Coneglio (She/her)       

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Degree Program: The Ohio State University; Bachelor’s of Science in Health  Sciences and minor in Psychology 

Previous Education: Metro High School

Professional Goals: Graduate from a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program and pursue a research specialization

 

     

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:

Natalie Huryn. Senior at OSU.

 

Natalie Huryn 

Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls

Degree Program: The Ohio State University; Major in Neuroscience and minor in Studio Art and Clinical Psychology & Individual Differences

Previous Education: Cuyahoga Falls High School

Professional Goals: After graduation I plan to attend law school, with the eventual goal of becoming a practicing attorney.

 

 

 

Gabriella Feisel

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio.

Degree Program: Major in Psychology and pursuing a double-minor in Neuroscience and Spanish.

Professional Goals:  I would like to pursue a career centered around pediatric occupational therapy.

 

 

   

Sudiksha Pelluru

Hometown: Dublin, Ohio

Degree Program: Major in Systems/Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Global Public Health

Professional Goals: Following graduation, I plan to attend medical school with the goal of working in pediatrics.

 

 

Riya Sahu

Hometown: Dublin, OH

Degree Program: Major in Systems/Behavioral Neuroscience and minor in Global Public Health
Professional Goals: Following graduation, I plan to attend med school and pursue Psychiatry.

 

Ariana Sanabria

Hometown: Westerville, OH

Degree Program: Neuroscience and Spanish Double Major on an Occupational Therapy Track

Professional Goals: My primary goal for the NeuRO lab is to gain greater familiarity in a lab setting. I hope to learn the processes of investigation through the innovative studies of this lab, and eventually create my own Undergraduate Thesis under the advisement of Dr. Crasta.

 

Ashley Martincic

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Degree Program: The Ohio State University; Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science

Goal: After graduation, I hope to attend a Speech-Language Pathology program. My end goal is to work with children who possess cochlear implants.

 

Emily Hamilton

The Ohio State University

 

Addie Colclasure

The Ohio State University

 

Previous Assistants

Lindsey Astrom

Meredith Kromalic

Jojo Martis