Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences:
Sargent College

Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Ariel Schwartz, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

aeschwar@bu.edu 617.353.3549

Ariel Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Ariel completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and MS in Occupational Therapy at Boston University, and her BA in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry and Disability Studies at Wesleyan University. She is committed to advancing knowledge about the use of inclusive/participatory research approaches with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also pursuing research that addresses the unmet needs of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities who have co-occurring mental health conditions. She is the PI of a foundation-funded study developing and testing a peer mentoring program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-occurring mental health conditions and served as the Engagement Coordinator/Project Manager for a PCORI-funded study investigating the mental health needs and mental health service experiences of young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Dr. Schwartz has also contributed to the development of an accessible patient-reported outcome measure (the PEDI-PRO) for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and co-developed a framework of cognitive accessibility for patient-reported outcome measures.

Areas of Expertise

  • Inclusive/participatory research with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Peer mentoring for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Mental health concerns for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Cognitive accessibility in patient-reported outcome measures