Our People

Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
sstark@wustl.edu

  • Missouri Aging and Disability Research Network Director
  • Principal Investigator of the Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory
  • Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work

Susan Stark is an Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work and co-director of the TL1 predoctoral training program at Washington University. Dr. Stark’s research focus in on how the environment influences the occupational performance and participation of community-dwelling older adults with chronic conditions. The goal of her work is to support aging in place at home and to prevent falls. She conducts clinical trials and implementation studies among community-dwelling older adults (including medically underserved older adults). Dr. Stark’s collaborators are from the community including the St. Louis Area Agency on Aging and from the University including the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Department of Computer Science.

Brittany Minor, MS, OTR/L
Missouri Aging and Disability Research Network Coordinator
bminor@wustl.edu

Brittany Minor is a licensed and registered occupational therapist in the Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory. She has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University. Brittany has clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, home modifications, and low vision therapy. Brittany serves as an interventionist as well as a coordinator for the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences Aging Clinical Research Consortium.

Rebecca Bollinger, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
rebecca.m.bollinger@wustl.edu

Rebecca Bollinger is a licensed and registered occupational therapist in the Participation, Environment, and Participation Laboratory. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emory University and clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Rebecca has prior research experience with home modifications and assistive technology for adults and older adults, and family-based behavioral treatments for children and their families. Rebecca serves as the study coordinator for Falls: A Marker of Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease, and Retaining Participants in Longitudinal Studies of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Jessica Dashner, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
dashnerj@wustl.edu

Jessica Dashner, OTD, OTR/L, is an Instructor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology at the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology/occupational therapy from McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., and a doctorate in occupational therapy from Washington University. Jessica teaches courses on environmental factors and participation, technology, and environmental interventions to support participation, health promotion for people with chronic disease, and fundamentals of health care.

Sherdonna Denholm
Administrative Support
s.denholm@wustl.edu

Sherdonna Denholm is a professional rater in the Participation, Environment, and Performance Laboratory. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Performance from Clayton State College in Atlanta. Sherdonna provides support to the various ongoing research studies through follow-up interviews with participants and resident engagements. She also serves in an administrative role with the Missouri Aging and Disabilities Research Network. Her previous work experience includes music directing and caregiving. She has also written, recorded, and produced four albums since 2012 as an independent singer-songwriter.

For a more exhaustive list of our team of researchers and community members please visit https://cedarmidwest.org/meet-the-team/