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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Marshae Franklin OTD, MSOT, OTR/L(she/her/hers)

Faculty Mentor: Amber Angell PhD, OTR/L

Research Lab: Disparity Reduction and Equity in Autism Services (DREAmS) Lab

Year of Entry: 2021

Marshae Franklin

I am a PhD Student in the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy working under the direction of Dr. Amber Angell in the DREAmS Lab. I am honored to be a member of the DREAmS Lab team, where I can explore my research interests, which center around the lived experiences of neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals as they relate to mental health and health equity. In alignment with the lab’s mission, I am particularly interested in the impact of mental health conditions on occupational performance among Black autistic girls and women, which has been significantly understudied. As a clinician and a future occupational scientist, my goal is to utilize community-based participatory research to amplify the voices of historically underrepresented and underserved populations in the literature to promote equitable access to diagnosis, quality health services, and wellbeing.

Education

Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2021 | University of Southern California

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
2017 | Howard University

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Social Behavior
2010 | University of California, Irvine

Awards

Lela Llorens Award for Creativity in Occupational Therapy | 2021
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy