Katie McHugh

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Applied Disability Studies

Research Adviser: Dr. Kimberley Zonneveld

Program Entry Date: 2017

Research Topic

Comparing a commonly used occupational therapy treatment to an empirically supported behavioural treatment for food selectivity and children with autism spectrum disorder.


What made you choose Brock?

Brock has specialized programs that no one else and Canada has. I attended Brock for my undergraduate degree and previous masters degree so just seemed like a natural fit for continuing my education.

What have you learned in your graduate education that you would share with future or current students?

To say yes to as many opportunities as you can to learn as much as you can while you’re in school and take those experiences and share them with those who are still learning.

What are some of the challenges you have faced as a graduate student, and how did you overcome them?

There are not enough hours in the day especially when you’re a graduate student. I learned to ask for help from my lab mates and seek support and advise from my advisor.

What services have you used to help you overcome any challenges?

I participated in TA day to help me be a better TA and develop my time management and organization skills.

What makes Brock stand out for you?

Brock is a unique university and has that small feel while offering many different programs that cannot be found elsewhere. I’ve been at Brock since 2006 and it feels like home.

What are your tips for thriving in grad school?

Take charge of your education. Work with your advisors and professors to ensure your getting the experiences you need to make you successful in life.

What do you wish someone warned you about being a graduate student?

Time moves far too quickly. Before you know it it’ll be over.

What were the best parts of your experience at Brock? Why?

The connections I’ve made in my undergraduate degree and my graduate degree. I’ve met people who I will keep in contact for the rest my life and valuable connections that will help me be better in my career.

How is being a graduate student different from being an undergraduate student?

As a graduate student you are much more independent you must rely on your own skills to keep things moving forward and to attain your goals.

What would you do differently if you could do it over again?

Absolutely nothing. Every step that I’ve taken in my life has led to where I am now and I’m very happy with all of my experiences at Brock University.

Do you feel your degree has prepared you for your plans academically and otherwise?

Absolutely I feel like everything I learned in the classroom and from my advisor has prepared me for the next steps and I know if I ever need support my advisor will be there.

What are your next steps?

I’m applying for PhD programs and looking for work in the field.