Dr. Robin Akselrud is an Assistant Professor in the BS/MS OT program at LIU-Brooklyn. Robin is a certified early intervention provider and she independently established a private practice, Forward Occupational Therapy in 2010. In 2019, Robin started the My OT Journey podcast, a student-led podcast inspiring and informing both OT students and practitioners. Robin received her doctoral degree from Quinnipiac University in 2017.
My "Why"? Behind the My OT Journey planner:
My doctoral research looked at the high stress in OT programs, lack of coping strategies and lack of mental health service utilization during this time. Mental illness and poor habits are becoming increasingly prevalent in OT programs, and in all college programs. Through my personal experiences as a student, practitioner and educator, I would like to assist aspiring OT practitioners in improving their mental and physical health through a simple, daily planner that can be used across OT programs and practice settings for unity within our amazing profession.
Mindfulness, personal development and self-care have always been important for students and practitioners to succeed in their daily roles and with their given responsibilities, both professionally and personally. The Center for Disease Control(CDC) reported that during April-June of 2020, young adults and essential workers in the United States had disproportionally adverse mental health outcomes, including an increase in anxiety, depression, trauma/stressor-related disorders, an increase in substance abuse and an elevated level of suicidal ideation(as compared to the same period in 2019). Therefore, at this time it is even more critical for these groups to continue to maintain and promote their own mental and physical health. Through the use of personal development and mindfulness strategies, students and practitioners can actively assure that they stay intentional and healthy, utilizing strategies that they can also carryover and use with their own clients in their fieldwork and practice experiences.
Dr Dale A Coffin, Associate Professor and Evening Weekend Program Coordinator at LIU-Brooklyn
Robin is a dedicated professor and student mentor. She truly understands the needs of her students
Dr Tee Stock, OTR, OTD, MSOT, MBA , OT Private Practice owner and OT Adjunct Faculty Instructor
The My OT Journey Planner is a well organized, beautiful tool for OTPs to goal set, plan, and practice self-care all year. I love the inspirational quotes and the reminders to meditate, exercise, and drink water.
James Battaglia, MA OTR/L, CHT Adjunct Professor, NYU and Northwell Health, Sports and Rehab Clinical Specialist
The My OT Journey Planner is an essential tool for students and practitioners, a resource that they can also use with their clients.
Dr Yu-Pin Hsu, EdD, OTR/L, SCLV Assistant Professor Hofstra University
The My OT Journey planner is an essential tool for students and practitioners, Robin shares her own personal experiences of success and failure during her career- which is so important for students to understand.