Students

PhD Students

Audrey Keleman
a.keleman@wustl.edu

Audrey Keleman is a PhD student in the Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory. She graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise Science, and she earned her MSOT from Washington University in St. Louis. She is interested in improving the participation of community-dwelling older adults with chronic conditions. Her current research focuses on falls and functional cognition in early Alzheimer disease.

Graduate Assistants

Megan Cheng
megancheng@wustl.edu

Megan has worked in our lab before, and is an OTD candidate (2023) in the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area and attended the University of California, Davis with majors in human development and psychology. As part of her mentored scholarship experience, Megan is interested in learning about the research process and translating research to clinical practice. Some areas of interest include cognitive rehabilitation, environmental modifications, aging in place and cultural competency. In her free time, Megan enjoys making music, learning photography and frequenting Forest Park.

Megan Kaesler
k.megan@wustl.edu

Megan Kaesler is an OTD candidate (2023) in the Program in Occupational Therapy. She grew up north of Los Angeles in a suburb called La Canada. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human development at the University of California, Davis and then lived in Southern Italy working as a missionary for a year and a half. Megan shares a few random fun facts about herself: she is half Chinese and half German, she has a twin brother who is a little over a foot taller than her (she is 5’3ish and he is 6’4ish) and she is an avid cat lover. Some of her favorite things aside from food (eating/cooking it) are hiking, kickboxing, flower arranging, reading fantasy/historical fiction and playing mahjong with her Mamma (grandma) and Yeiyei (grandpa).

Hannah Smiles
h.a.smiles@wustl.edu

Hannah Smiles is a graduate assistant in the Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory. She earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in disability studies from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, but she is originally from the suburbs of Chicago. Hannah is currently pursuing her OTD from Washington University in St. Louis. Her areas of interest include pediatrics, disability studies, community occupational therapy and occupational justice. Hannah loves volunteering in the community and has experience volunteering with the Special Olympics, in nursing homes and in adaptive physical education classes. She also has experience working with a nonprofit clinic that provides group therapy for children and young adults with cerebral palsy in Countryside, Illinois.

Katie Storey
kstorey@wustl.edu

Katie Storey is a graduate assistant in the Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and is currently pursuing her MSOT from Washington University in St. Louis. 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.

Katie Walstra
k.j.walstra@wustl.edu

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