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University of Southern California
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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Sharada Krishnan BS-MA ’21

Sharada Krishnan BS-MA ’21

Hometown: Holmdel, NJ

Program: Bachelor’s to Master’s, Class of 2021

What brought you to occupational therapy?
Growing up with my younger sister, who has autism, I’ve always known that I want to work with children with developmental disabilities in my professional life. I saw the distinct value of OT in my sister’s life through early intervention, therapeutic horseback riding, clinic-based OT, and school-based practice and fell in love with the profession.

What area of practice are you interested in?
Pediatrics, specifically early intervention and school-based practice! I’m extremely passionate about OT’s role in facilitating access to and participation in school, which is such a critical and foundational environment for children. I’ve also been volunteering as a research assistant at the AZ Lab at the Division for four years, and I consider research to be an important area of OT practice!  I hope to contribute to the field by engaging in research that advances knowledge and practice in pediatric settings.

Tell us about your favorite memory from the program so far.
I had the opportunity to attend the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference 2019 in New Orleans, LA. It was an incredible and inspiring experience to meet and learn from faculty, practitioners, and students from across the country!

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
Kauai, Hawaii

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Go practice it later, but try it now.