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May 14, 2022 | 6:30 pm

Understanding the Impact of Sensory Processing Patterns on Stress and Sleep Among Parents of Children with Disabilities

Speaker(s): Megan C. Chang, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Professor & Lauren Worley, BS, Occupational Therapy Program, San Jose State University

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Megan C. Chang, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA  Associate Professor Megan Chang earned her Ph.D. in Occupational Science, M.S. in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California and B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Her research interests include using psychophysiological approaches to study sensory processing, emotion, and cognition as well as examining psychosocial and physiological risk factors associated with health-related behaviors and occupations in various populations. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including her most recent work in the fields of physical dysfunction and pediatrics. She is a Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) programmer and has worked several years as a biostatistician and data manager. She is a contributing author to chapters of internationally recognized textbooks including the 8th edition of Pedretti's Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction as well as Case-Smith's Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents. In 2020, she was inducted into the Roster of Fellows and awarded Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) in recognition of her "supporting the profession through evidence-based practice." She is passionate about teaching future therapists not only to improve their skills but also to actively engage in research activities in order to collaboratively strengthen the knowledge base of Occupational Therapy.

 

Lauren Worley, BS  Lauren is a 2nd year graduate student in the Occupational Therapy program at San Jose State University and is a research assistant to Dr. Megan Chang. She is working with Dr. Chang to investigate the relationship between sensory processing patterns, stress, and sleep among parents of children with disabilities. She is also assisting with an exercise intervention study for children with ASD. She attended UCLA for undergraduate school where she received a B.S. in Biology and minored in Applied Developmental Psychology. She is interested in child development and has experience working with children in various settings including UCLA’s Infant Development Program. She is looking forward to applying her knowledge and research experience as an occupational therapist.

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