Occupational Therapy Residency
At the UCLA BrainSPORT program, we are excited to offer a new opportunity for occupational therapy students to complete their doctoral residency experience with our team. The doctoral residency program focuses mainly on clinical patient care while providing additional opportunities for research and program development. Our resident works closely with the interdisciplinary team to provide evidence-based interventions to pediatric and adult patients. Patients present with diagnoses of concussion, epilepsy, POTs, and headaches.
Our occupational therapist also collaborates with Operation Mend, a program focused on supporting veterans with a history of traumatic brain injury. Residents will have the opportunity to develop research studies and will have support in publishing their data. Residents will also have the opportunity to engage in program development and community outreach throughout their time with BrainSPORT.
Applicants must be cleared to take their NBCOT exam by the start of their residency and obtain a temporary license by November. We are looking for applicants who are passionate about sports, athletics or working with athletes.
Applications are due by January 15th.
Interviews will be conducted shortly after and offer extended by early March. Applications can be emailed to [email protected].
Past Occupational Therapy Residents
Kati Wechsler, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Resident
Kati is a board-certified occupational therapist and current OT resident at the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program. She is an Orange County native and completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology in 2017 and her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy in 2020. Kati is currently working on her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and completing her clinical residency with BrainSPORT. Through her lifelong engagement in sports and career as a collegiate and competitive cheerleader, she saw the impacts of sports-related injuries, particularly concussions, on daily functioning and participation in meaningful activities. These experiences inspired her to explore the role that occupational therapy plays in facilitating reintegration into school, sports, and other aspects of day-to-day life. Kati is excited about the opportunities to enhance her clinical and professional skills, collaborate with a multidisciplinary team, and expand her research through her residency at BrainSPORT.
Shannon Westerberg, MA
Occupational Therapy Resident
Shannon Westerberg is a board-certified occupational therapist and current OT resident for the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT program. Originally from Sacramento, CA, she completed both her undergraduate and graduate degree here in Los Angeles. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2018 and her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy in 2019, both from the University of Southern California (USC). Shannon is currently in the process of earning her Occupational Therapy Doctorate through her clinical residency with BrainSPORT. Shannon has experience working as a tutor for student athletes at USC, where she saw how significantly sports concussion can impact the balance between performance in school, sport, and social participation. Her personal experiences with sports related injury, through soccer and snowboarding, sparked her passion to work with recovering athletes. She believes that occupational therapy can play a pivotal role in symptom management and the resumption of meaningful activities for those impacted after a concussion. Her goal is to contribute both clinical insights and research findings to the professional development of occupational therapy in this setting through her residency at BrainSPORT.