Stark Lab Orientation Video – from Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
The PEP Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory within the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine. We have opportunities for students across all levels to improve clinical and research skills. The research of the Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory (PEPL) focuses on the unique contribution that the environment can make toward improving the performance, participation and quality of life for persons living with functional limitations. Dr. Stark and her team believe the environment accounts for the differences between what individuals are capable of doing and their actual participation in society. An exploration of the physical environment as influencing behavior is the basis of research questions designed to explore the impact of the person/environment interface.
The Lab works with physicians and research scientists in the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Geriatrics. They also collaborate with computer scientists, nurses and psychologists. They have a strong network of community partners and many colleagues in the U.S. and internationally with whom they collaborate on projects.
Students should consider this laboratory if they are interested in how the environment can impact occupational performance and community participation or if they are interested in clinical translational research, evidence-based practice and translating evidence into practice. We welcome volunteers who would like to explore our lab.