Caroline Hardin OTD, OTR/L (she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Caroline Hardin, OTD, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).
Dr. Hardin graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Spanish. She then made the cross-country move to California to complete her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degrees at the University of Southern California. She completed her doctoral residency at the USC UCEDD at CHLA where she specialized in occupational therapy within a pediatric mental health setting. She was a Fellow in the California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (CA-LEND) program while completing her OTD Residency at the UCEDD, with a project focus on using sensory integration in combination with other mental health interventions for children. Dr. Hardin has completed the USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education Certificate Program and has additional training in group social skills interventions (The Incredible Years & Secret Agent Society).
Dr. Hardin’s area of passion and expertise is in interprofessional pediatric mental health care. Dr. Hardin conducts OT assessments as part of an interdisciplinary assessment team at the Boone Fetter Clinic at CHLA, an Autism Treatment Network site which operates as a diagnostic, clinical, and research center for children with developmental, behavioral, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. At the UCEDD, Dr. Hardin provides occupational therapy assessment, consultation, and intervention for infants, children, and young adults with mental health labels, who often also have a co-occurring developmental disability. She coordinates occupational therapy services within the interdisciplinary School Age Medication Management Clinic and works with clients within CHLA’s Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. She enjoys mentoring Fieldwork Students and OTD Residents at the UCEDD.