Cait (Rosica) Russell, OTD, OTR/L

Cait Russell is a business-oriented thinker and doctorally trained occupational therapist who is passionate about creating inclusive systems and environments. She has a particular interest in executive functioning, sensory impact, and inclusive employment.

 

Cait has extensive study and practice in a wide array of disability and accessibility-related topics, with undergraduate study in business and psychology at a joint program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Duke University and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University. While at Kenan-Flagler Business School, she completed study in neuro-inclusive practices in small to medium sized businesses. In her doctoral work, she studied supports and barriers for autistic students in higher education. Cait currently works as the Director of a neurodiversity employment non-profit where she focuses her energy on helping employers, job-seekers, educators, service providers, and other allies come together to improve outcomes for neurodivergent job-seekers. 

 

Cait is an outspoken advocate for neurodiversity and overall disability inclusion and has spoken extensively on the topic. Previous speaking engagements include the BPHL! Innovation Fest, the Academy of Management Annual Conference, and Comcast Lab Connect’s Innovation for Inclusion of Diversity & Accessibility Conference, among others. 

 

Outside of work, Cait founded a non-profit that focuses on sensory accessibility in the community. She teaches a doctoral course in leadership at Thomas Jefferson University and has guest lectured for universities across the country. 

 

Cait believes strongly that accessibility is a crucial part of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is proud to be a part of the mission to further inclusion.