Claudia greatly appreciates Dr. Okoli and the opportunities he has provided to her through the BH WELL research team. “Dr. Okoli supports and encourages consistent growth. He provides guidance toward our career goals while still allowing us to have individual responsibility for our part of the team’s work toward meeting our mission. I have learned so much about the research process from him. It has benefited me greatly in my research courses and in graduate school. And, I even requested a behavioral health environment as one of my field work placements because he has clearly and consistently shared why it is important to tailor our treatments to serve individual needs of people living with mental and behavioral health challenges.”
Dr. Okoli reflects, “Watching Claudia grow through the years has been a joy. Her obtaining a second degree in Occupational Therapy demonstrates her tenacity while keeping true to her heart for people and service to vulnerable populations. We are so proud of her accomplishments and look forward to celebrating her future success as she furthers her graduate studies in Occupational Therapy.”
Claudia's dedication to both her academic and personal pursuits is truly inspiring. When asked why she chose occupational therapy, Claudia immediately had an answer. “Occupational therapy encompasses a wide scope of needs including behavioral, physical, mental, and other health needs. Being able to recognize patient and client needs beyond physical needs will allow me to help a patient or client with both functional and structural improvements. Ultimately, I want to help my patients or clients live their best lives.”
When asked what she does in her spare time, Claudia gave a transparent response, “To be very honest, I don’t do much extra right now. But when I do have time, I love art, game nights or watch party nights with friends and family, and my workouts. Oh, and of course, time with our dog, Lucy!”
Claudia is an example of how hard work and passion can come together to create fulfilling and meaningful work. We wish her all the best in her continued studies!
Read some of BH WELL’s work developed by Claudia here.