Vy Nguyen



Vy is an agent of change in the world of occupational therapy. She creates infinite, accessible possibilities for individuals to accomplish their fun, fulfilling, and meaningful occupations no matter their stage in life. She earned her doctorate in occupational therapy at Pacific University in Hillsboro, Oregon, in August 2021. There, she pioneered a capstone exploring how a man with quadriplegia used Stretch RE1, a mobile robot made by Hello Robot, to enable his functional performance in daily activities, including relieving specific caregiving tasks to allow his wife, who is his primary caregiver, to engage actively in her life activities. Through this project, Vy's work was featured on The Washington Post, Nature, and will be presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Inspire 2022 Conference.

Currently, she is a Healthcare Professional Consultant for the EmPRISE lab at Cornell University; and is working with Hello Robot Inc. and the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. Vy is also a Berglund Center Fellow at Pacific University, where she is inventing a glove donning device that lets people with hand-related conditions the opportunity to put on gloves while addressing other mobility issues. Vy's main field of interest is promoting accessibility in health care and technologies - especially for underserved and rural populations. She strives to have others see greatness in themselves while engaging in lifelong active learning that enriches her experiences and those she serves. She invites you to join her journey.

10:00 AM PST

Friday March 11, 2022

LIVE - Stretch Your Possibilities in a Non-Traditional Capstone

Join Vy as she shares her doctoral capstone experience in robotics, how it led her to practice occupational therapy with cutting-edge technology, and how you can be involved in something similar. Additionally, Vy will provide a live demonstration of Stretch RE1, the mobile robot she used in her capstone.

3:00 PM PST

Saturday March 12, 2022

LIVE - The Value of Mentorship for the Non-Traditional Therapist