Graduate Assistants

Abigail Kehrer

Abby is a MSOT 2021 candidate in the Program in Occupational Therapy. She is from Edwardsville, IL and graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with a major in Biological Sciences. Abby is a graduate research assistant and mentored scholarship student working on the Falls & Alzheimer disease project in the PEPL lab. Her research interests include fall prevention, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on older adults, and the role of the gut microbiome in Alzheimer disease progression. She enjoys hanging out with her corgi and trying new restaurants in the St. Louis area.

Brianna Barkocy

Brianna Barkocy is a MSOT candidate 2021 in the Occupational Therapy Program at Washington University.  She is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from Regis University in Colorado with a double major in psychology and religious studies.  Brianna is a GA interested in gaining research experience as well as clinical intervention experience in the areas of geriatrics, environmental modification, and community accessibility. In her free time, Brianna loves hiking, rock climbing, and settling down with a cup of hot tea and a good book.

Susan Rice

Susan Rice is a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy student at Washington University, and she is currently a graduate research assistant in the Participation, Environment, and Participation Laboratory.    Susan graduated from Saint Louis University with a double BA in Anthropology and in French.  Though she grew up in St. Louis, Susan has lived for extended amounts of time in Spain and France as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo.  While in the DRC, Susan had the opportunity to aid in occupational therapy at a rural hospital, where she looks forward to implementing the skills she learns in the degree program.  Susan is interested in research, older adults, memory care, and stroke recovery.

Emily Prins

Emily attended the University of Florida and received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science in May 2019. Currently, she is in the Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program and will graduate August 2022. She is not sure in what setting she would like to practice OT, but she is very open to seeing and trying everything. She was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida where her did still lives, but she recently moved to Bradenton, Florida with her mom and sister.

Delaney McIntyre

Delaney McIntyre is graduate assistant in the Participation, Environment, and Performance Lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University. Delaney’s areas of interest include pediatrics, neurorehabilitation and environmental modification. Originally from Grand Blanc, Michigan, Delaney has experience volunteering with the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Club (ASRC) at Michigan State University and with the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association (CCSA) in Belmont, Michigan.

Rachel Reindl

Rachel Reindl is currently pursuing her doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She graduated from the University of Florida in May 2019 with a BA in anthropology, with a focus on human rights. She is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and spent a few months in Tel Aviv, Israel working at a sports rehabilitation center and school for children and adults with neuromuscular disorders. She is looking forward to gaining experience with many more demographics and types of therapy within OT.

Katie Storey

Katie Storey is a graduate assistant in the Participation, Environment, and Performance Lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University. Katie’s areas of interest include cognitive rehabilitation, occupational justice, and environmental modification. Katie has prior research experience in heart disease and public health interventions from working at a hospital in Minneapolis for two years. Additionally, she has experience volunteering with recently resettled refugee families, at a hippotherapy center, and as an adaptive swim lesson instructor.

Hannah Smiles

Hannah Smiles is a graduate assistant in the Participation, Environment, and Performance Lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Disability Studies from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri but is originally from the suburbs of Chicago. Hannah is currently pursuing her clinical doctorate degree in occupational therapy from Washington University. Her areas of interest include pediatrics, disability studies, community occupational therapy, and occupational justice. Hannah loves volunteering in the community and has experience volunteering at Special Olympics, in nursing homes, and in adaptive P.E. classes. She also has experience working with a nonprofit clinic that provides group therapy for children and young adults with cerebral palsy in Countryside, IL.

Katie Walstra

Katie Walstra is a graduate assistant in the Participation, Environment, and Performance Lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Calvin University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University. Katie is unsure what part of occupational therapy she wishes to work in, but finds assistive technology fascinating. Katie grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, and did an internship in the intensive feeding program at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, as well as tutoring through Bethany Christian Services.

Bailey Stiffler

Bailey Stiffler is a master’s degree candidate (2021) in the Applied Health Behavior Research program. She is from Jefferson City, Missouri and graduated from Baker University with a major in molecular biology. She is a graduate assistant studying the impact of COVID-19 among various aging populations. Outside of the lab she enjoys exploring the parks of St. Louis and coaching cheerleading at a local high school.

Josh Sumner

Josh Sumner is a research assistant in Dr. Stark’s lab. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Exercise Science/Strength and Conditioning and a minor in Statistics. Currently Josh is a biostatistics student in the MSBDS program at Washington University. Josh is broadly interested in statistics, randomness, strength and conditioning, and data management.