Alexis Reed graduated from the School of Public Health in May of 2013, as part of one of the first graduating classes who would receive the Public Health distinction on their diplomas. With a degree in Recreational Therapy, and a minor in Psychology, Reed has begun her career as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist working in the community with adults and children with developmental disabilities. In her role, Reed assists her clients in meeting goals that are designed to improve their overall health and well-being by utilizing recreation and leisure to promote functional improvements. Goals related to “…developing social skills, increasing independence, and improving physical health,” are just a few she notes can be incorporated into a client’s treatment plan.
“The School of Public Health helped prepare me by pushing me to participate in volunteer opportunities, having professors that are very hands on with students and provide great examples, and with the internship I was required to complete,” she said.