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Lab announcements

When someone says you can't do it .. do it twice, and take pictures - anonymous.

Thanks for visiting this page where we work together to capture the various facets of our team's journey to date. For posts older than 2020, please see this website.

Vera during her defense

Introducing Dr. Vera Kaelin

Vera Kaelin defended her dissertation titled "Artificial Intelligence to Customize Participation-Focused Pediatric Re/habilitation Interventions"

Dianna successfully defended her capstone project

Dianna completes EL-OTD capstone

Last week, Dianna successfully defended her capstone project to earn her clinical doctorate in occupational therapy at Boston University.

Mary's 2021-2022 Capstone Supervisor of the Year award

Mary Receives the Capstone Supervisor of the Year Award

We are excited to announce that Mary was awarded the 2021-2022 Capstone Supervisor of the Year! This is an annual award given to one faculty member for their remarkable commitment to mentorship of…

Dianna in graduation regalia

Bosak is Back

Dianna returns to CPERL this summer to complete doctoral capstone project.

Julia and Mary at graduation

Julia Graduates

Julia has graduated summa cum laude with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology, and is the second CPERL team member to transition from undergraduate to graduate study at UIC. Before her…

Julia presenting her Honors Capstone

Julia Chooses to Join Inaugural E-OTD Cohort at UIC

Julia is our second CPERL team member to transition from undergraduate to graduate study at UIC and will be our first team member to join the inaugural entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) cohort!

DisruptOT Logo

Exploring Allyship Opportunity

CPERL reallocates funds and propose strategies to promote DisrupOT, and organization founded within the international occupational therapy community that aims to challenge the status quo, disrupt oppressive systems, and build community.


CPERL Regains Speed with Conference Talks

A series of national and international talks provide CPERL members with milestone moments to share their efforts to make a positive impact on pediatric practice.

CPERL surprise party

Mary Receives AWIS Chicago 2021 Motivator Award

Mary is the recipient of the 2021 Motivator Award by the Chicago Area Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), awarded to individuals with demonstrated service, support, and mentorship of women in science.

Dianna Bosak shares her powerpoint presentation during lab meeting

Reconnecting with CPERL Alum Dianna Bosak

Our team was honored to have our esteemed alum, Dianna Bosak, join our lab meeting earlier this fall to talk about and get feedback on her journey post CPERL.

Image of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, within the Administration for Community Living

Vera Becomes a NIDILRR Switzer Merit Research Fellow

Vera was awarded the NIDILRR Switzer Merit Research Fellowship, a prestigious award that supports highly qualified individuals to build momentum for their research careers to support the full participation of individuals with disabilities.