Dr. Audi Santos received their BA in Psychology in 2006 from the University of Washington, and MA of Occupational Therapy in 2010 from the University of Southern California. After ten+ years of clinical practice in a variety of pediatric and adult settings, Dr. Santos completed their post-professional OTD in Occupational Therapy in 2022 from Boston University.

Personal Statement

Dr. Santos’ doctoral research focused on social justice in occupational therapy practice through a mixed methods pilot study assessing practitioner experiences of harmful client behavior in the United States. Their clinical and scholarly interests include social justice, climate justice, and social and emotional health and wellness as foundations of occupational therapy practice. Dr. Santos is an active member of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) and Occupational Therapists for Environmental Action (OTEA). They have also served as a consultant for a non-profit organization serving the Latine community in Oregon, providing research support, program development, and grant writing assistance for a culturally and linguistically responsive social and emotional wellness program.

Areas of Specialty

Social & Emotional Wellness, Mindfulness, Somatics
Non-Profit Consulting & Entrepreneurship
Cultural Humility, Diversity, Equity, and Belonging
Participatory Action Research

Achievements & Awards

2022-2023: Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity, 10th Anniversary Committee Chair
2022: Alpha Alpha Alpha, National Honor Society for First-Generation College Students, Boston University
2010: Pi Theta Epsilon, Occupational Therapy honor society, University of Southern California

Courses Taught

OCTH 664L: Applied Pediatrics