Say “Hi” to Sabine, who has been integral to the development of our new RISE study. Learn a bit about her and her motivation to reduce disparities in early autism care below.
What motivated you to join the READi Lab?
I knew I wanted to pursue a career in clinical psychology after graduating college, and I wanted more research experience to be better prepared for graduate school. The READi Lab caught my attention because of how committed they were to addressing access disparities, and I wanted to be a part of a lab that cared deeply about its participants!
What is your role in the lab?
I’m the research coordinator for our UW site for the new RISE study, a study focusing on improving access to quality care within Part C Early Intervention services throughout the United States. I have loved being part of a team of researchers across the country, and I’ve learned so much from watching a study get built from the ground up. Back when we were doing in-person assessments, I was the primary assessor for the Pathways study, and I miss working with our adorable participants.
You’ve been learning Spanish to connect with more of our participants. What’s that been like?
I was very proud of my (now lost) 200-day Duolingo streak, but I’m slowly working my way back up! Eventually I would like to take a real class, because I think providing multi-lingual care is key to making sure as many families as possible feel included in both research and clinical services.
You’ve hiked to the top of mountains and volcanoes, and you frequently rock climb. How cool! What has been your boldest adventure?
This is the best part about living in Washington! My favorite adventure here so far has been climbing in the Washington Pass area in the North Cascades. On my first trip there, I was so excited to climb that I ended up at the entirely wrong rock, halfway up the wrong climb. It could have ended badly, but a friendly stranger helped me out. I’ll never make that mistake in that area again!
Where in the world would your ideal adventure take you?
I would love to go mountaineering in Nepal. I studied abroad there during undergrad, and I met so many friendly people who I would like to visit. I’ll never do Everest, but there are plenty of other amazing mountains there!
Two truths and a lie! (Scroll down to see Sabine’s fib!)
- A bear once stole my backpack, and I couldn’t find it for hours
- I’ve been stung by a stingray
- I’ve been rained on by leeches
I have not been rained on by leeches (thankfully!!!!)