Welcome Our New Intern – Maggie Crabtree!

Our Synapse Team is so excited to announce that Maggie Crabtree will be interning with us over the next few weeks!

Welcome to the team, Maggie! Check out her biography below!



My name is Maggie Crabtree, and I am a third-year doctoral student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Program in Occupational Therapy. For the past three years, my research has been focused on the neonatal intensive care unit under the mentorship of Dr. Bobbi Pineda. My specific project, titled, Neurobehavior of Very Preterm Infants at Term Equivalent Age is Related to Early Childhood Outcomes, has examined the relationship between neurobehavioral testing scores at term-equivalent age and motor, sensory, and executive functioning outcomes at 4 years old in very preterm infants. Additionally, I have had the privilege of participating in the Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences (SENSE) study as a part of the sensory support team.As part of my doctoral requirements, I am completing a three-week experience with Synapse Care Solutions in order to grow my own learning, as well as assist in project development. Additionally, I will be providing resources for therapists derived from the Neonatal Brain Cooling Course, as well as the aEEG Mastery Course. After this three week experience, I will be completing my second Level II Fieldwork at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, IL on the inpatient pediatrics floor. Finally, I will complete the second portion of my doctoral requirements at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the NICU, mother-baby unit, and high-risk follow-up clinic under the mentorship of Dr. Vanessa Barbosa.I am incredibly grateful for this experience and to be a part of the Synapse Care Solutions team, even for a short time!


Maggie Crabtree, OTD ‘19

Washington University in St. Louis

Program in Occupational Therapy





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