Sara Brumm

I was born and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  I am the oldest of three children with two younger sisters.  Growing up, I loved being involved in extracurricular activities including soccer, choir, theater, dance, and piano.

After high school, I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and English.  I became passionate about occupational therapy after shadowing a pediatric OT at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.  I was inspired by the wholistic nature of occupational therapy and the therapeutic use of occupations to increase clients’ participation and engagement in meaningful activities.

After graduation, I began my studies in occupational therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  As a graduate student, I have pursued various opportunities to develop my understanding of pediatric development including being a 2016-2017 LEND trainee, substitute teacher for an alternative school, swim instructor, and volunteer at Gigi’s Playhouse and Almost Home Kids.

At CPERL, I support a NIH funded, multi-site research project by conducting phone interviews with Spanish-speaking families.  I love being a part of the CPERL team!  Immersing myself in research at CPERL has deepened my appreciation for research and innovation.  I look forward to integrating research and innovation in my practice as a future pediatric occupational therapist.