Abigail Carroll

Abigail Carroll

Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Brian Boyd-Research advisor
Grace Baranek-Teaching advisor
Antoine Bailliard- Community engagement mentor


  • BA in Physical Education Exercise Sport Science at UNC-CH, 1999

  • BA in Psychology at UNC-CH, 1999

  • MS in Occupational Therapy at UNC-CH, 2006 

  • Current: Doctoral candidate in the Division of Occupational Science at UNC-CH

Current Certifications

Registered Occupational Therapist 
Licensed Occupational Therapist in North Carolina

Honors and Awards

LEND scholar and grant recipient
Autism Leadership Grant funded by the Department of Education


  • Spring 2015 – Presentation with Shuting Zheng for SPHS 897 Autism Research Seminar on ‘Influential Factors on Response to EDP-2 Intervention’
  • Spring 2015 – Presentation for SPHS 897 Autism Research Seminar on ‘One Theoretical Perspective for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Weak Central Coherence Theory’
  • Spring 2015 – Presentation for SPHS 897 Autism Research Seminar on ‘Can Early Symptoms Map to Predict Future Outcomes?’
  • Fall 2015 - Teaching lecture for Biomedical Engineering Students with Ryan LaValley on Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy and Science: Presented basic Occupational Therapy content about disability, functional limitations, and client factors to consider when working with people with developmental or acquired disability to create customized technology functional solutions.
  • Fall 2015 - Interdisciplinary Presentation on ‘Sensitive Periods of Development’ for Psychology 781 Developmental Science Consortium Course. Group members included: Robert Carr, Jessica Bullins, Jonathan Schaefer, and Abigail Carroll
  • Fall 2015 - Presentation with Katie Williams for EDUC 861: “Tiny Homes Community Engagement Project”
  • Fall 2015 - Presentation with Katie Williams for EDUC 861: Bridging the Gap from Efficacy to Community Impact in Occupational Therapy
  • Spring 2016 - Presentation for AHSC 905 Mixed Methods Course on ‘An Embedded Explanatory Mixed Methods Study: How do Patterns of Participation in Daily Occupations
  • Spring 2016 - Teaching Assistant for Grace Baranek in OCCT 727: Perspectives on disability and health: Pediatrics in Spring 2016. A Masters in Occupational Therapy Course at UNC-CH
  • Lead Lecturer on Anxiety Disorders and Developmental Trauma Induced Conditions
  • Spring 2016 - Interdisciplinary presentation for EDUC 862: Teaching and Professional Development on ‘Coaching Models’. Group members included: Thelma Uzonyi, Susan Cobb, Brooke Adkins, and Abigail Carroll

Research Interests:

Abigail Michelle Carroll is continuing her studies as a doctoral candidate in the Division of Occupational Science, studying under an Interdisciplinary Autism Leadership Training Grant. She received two undergraduate BA degrees at UNC-CH in Exercise Sport Science and Psychology as well as her MS in Occupational Therapy at UNC-CH.  

Abigail has experience working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families across the lifespan in a variety of settings including, but not limited to: outpatient developmental testing in hospitals, the public school system, outpatient pediatric clinics, children and adult group homes, research, community engagement initiatives for development of intentional communities for adults with autism, in-home therapy, day programs, vocational programs, and inpatient rehabilitation hospital settings.

Abigail is interested in bridging the gaps between research and practice to help provide a continuum of care and support for individuals with autism and their families that fosters participation, shared responsibility/cooperation, engagement, and quality of life across the life span. Her current research interests focus on using a perspective of transaction to look at family interactions in the Toddlers and Families Together Study and prioritization of meaningful occupations for families.


Autism Leadership Grant funded by the Department of Education
Toddlers; Families Together Research Project; 
Durham Collaborative Tiny Homes Initiative 


Reading, playing, and biking with my son, music lover, dancing, writing, yoga, art lover, painting, hiking, frisbee with family, cooking, gardening, and camping. 

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