Posted 11/29/16 (Tue)
By Sydney Glasoe Caraballo
A career aptitude test in high school provided two choices: industrial psychology or occupational therapy (OT). “I couldn’t even understand what industrial psychology was,” says Sarah Nielsen, chuckling.
She jokes that OT was therefore the only and obvious choice.
Nielsen may be downplaying her aptitude. Now an associate professor in the OT department at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nielsen holds a Ph.D. that she doesn’t seem to notice may sound just as intimidating as industrial psychology.
Her vitae reads: “Ph.D., School of Education and Human Development Institutional Analysis and Adult/Occupational Education, North Dakota State University.”
Nielsen grew up knowing she wanted to help people, but she never imagined she would do so in the role of a teacher.