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Hello! I'm Cait. 

I'm a business thinker turned doctorally trained occupational therapist with a penchant for big ideas and a tendency to jump in to any and all exciting projects. I'm passionate about empowering others to participate fully in the things that are meaningful to them. I'm particularly interested in business, neurodiversity, and improving accessibility across industries. 

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Dr. Cait Russell

 

Disability Advocate.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy.

Business Grad. 

Consultant.

Email:

CaitRussellOTD@gmail.com

 

Let's Chat About:

Accessibility 

Neurodiversity 

Sensory Accessibility

Executive Functioning

Business + OT 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
2021-Present

Executive Director

NEURODIVERSITY EMPLOYMENT NETWORK: PHILADELPHIA

Director of Neurodiversity Employment Network: Philadelphia. Assisted the organization's board in establishing 501(c)3 status, developing logic model for strategic planning, creating website and branding, and managing programmatic needs. Host quarterly events, speak at external events, complete networking meetings, presentations, and connect a community of practice with the goal of improving employment outcomes for neurodivergent adults in Philadelphia.

2022-Present

Adjunct Instructor

THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY

Adjunct Instructor for Occupational Therapy Doctoral Students. Course Title: Occupational Therapy Doctorate Leadership: National & Global Perspectives. Emphasis on understanding leadership theories and developing leadership potential of OTD students. 

2020-Present

Founder

SENSORY FRIENDLY CITIES INC.

I founded and run operations for Sensory Friendly Cities Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on increasing sensory accessibility in our communities. We provide a free comprehensive guide to community spaces that offer sensory accommodations across Philadelphia, educate on sensory differences, and actively seek to create more sensory accessible spaces. 

2019-2020

Level II Fieldwork

BURLINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

I worked with young autistic adults individually to develop prevocational and independent living skills. Additional projects included expanding an existing pre-vocational program using principles of quality improvement to fidelity to intervention with teachers and teacher assistants and developing evidence-based case study to improve executive functioning skills in neurodivergent students.

2018-2019

Level I Fieldwork

OT INTERNSHIPS

Level I Fieldwork experience includes group programming for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, interventions for young children with sensory processing differences, equine-assisted therapy for children with developmental disabilities, school-based therapy, and acute rehabilitation.

2016-2018

Business Internships

CONSULTING + MARKETING

Served as primary lead for consulting engagement for $50B sports media company. Interned as Behavioral Economics consulting intern, using evidence-based psychology to inform client solutions. Worked on marketing team at Special Olympics Pennsylvania to further community efforts.

EDUCATION
EDUCATION
2018-2021

Doctoral Degree

THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY

Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD).

Honors: Emerging Leader Award, Dean's Scholarship; Chosen to represent Thomas Jefferson University Department of Occupational Therapy in international interdisciplinary exchange program in Kitasato, Japan

2014-2018

Bachelor's Degree

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA - CHAPEL HILL | KENAN-FLAGLER BUSINESS SCHOOL

Honors: Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, Class of 2018. The Robertson Scholarship is a full merit scholarship program at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill awarded based on future leadership potential; Kenan-Flagler Business School Award for Excellence in Strategy

2014-2018
Minor

DUKE UNIVERSITY

Completed a minor in Psychology in the Trinity School of Arts and Sciences at Duke University as part of dual-enrollment with the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program.

SELECT RESEARCH + PRESENTATIONS
CLIENTS
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Neurodiversity Landscape: Current Practices of Inclusion; Philadelphia Society of Human Resource Managers Symposium; March 2023

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Executive Functioning in the Neurodiverse Workplace, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, July 2019

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Neurodiversity-inclusive practices in higher education: Using a needs assessment to spur change throughout university systems; World

Federation Of Occupational Therapy Conference, August 2022

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Neurodiversity Strategy: An Employer’s Guide to Hiring and Retaining Autistic Employees; Independent Research

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Innovation for Inclusion of Diversity & Accessibility, Comcast Labs Connect, June 2022

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Neurodiversity: The Frontier of Inclusion; B! PHL Innovation Festival, October 2019

SKILLS
SKILLS

Public Speaking

Disability education

Program Development

Strategic Planning

Leadership

Sensory Integration & OT Consultation

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