Svitlana Stremousova MS, MBA, OTR/L
Faculty Mentor: Mary Lawlor ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Research Lab: Sensory Integration, Engagement, and Family Life
Year of Entry: 2022
I am a PhD student within the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy under the mentorship of Dr. Mary Lawlor. In my present role, I am involved in supporting research projects examining current understanding of the sensory processing difficulties of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) across the lifespan and managing uncertainty in the lives of autistic children, families, and clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
My long-term research interests include investigating the impact of caring for autistic children on family life, with a particular focus on caregiver engagement in their valued occupations. Prior to beginning my PhD studies, I worked clinically as an occupational therapist in early intervention serving suburban and rural communities in central Texas. During this time, I identified a need for increased understanding of caregiver occupations and how they influence outcomes for children, adolescents, young adults, and adults diagnosed with ASD.
Master of Science (MS)
in Occupational Therapy
2020 | Kean University, Hillside, New Jersey
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
in Financial Management
2008 | Pace University, New York
Bachelor and Master (equivalent)
2001 | Donbas State Academy of Engineering and Architecture, Ukraine