Alumna Presentation Provides Post-College Life Advice


Dr. Briana Bonner will present “Boundless Purpose, Endless Paths: Navigating Life Beyond Truman” at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 in Student Union Building Georgian Room C.

This engaging talk explores post-graduation adventures driven by purpose and passion, emphasizing the transformative impact of research. Bonner’s stories, rich with academic and clinical experiences, guide students through navigating their passions and offer insights to ignite purpose.

A Truman alumna and McNair scholar, Bonner (’14) earned a health science degree with a minor in disabilities studies. Her professional journey includes a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a clinical doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She has a versatile clinical background, which spans school-based therapy, orphanages, home health, acute care, outpatient, private practice, consultation, corporate and rehabilitation environments.

Committed to global occupational therapy advancement, Bonner spent four years in international service in eastern and southern Africa leading Helping Hands mission trips and providing crucial services to underserved communities. Her research on the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Sub-Saharan Africa led to the development of the Families Achieving Competency Together (FACT) program, a psychoeducational family centered initiative supporting families with children with ASD.

Bonner is a faculty member of the Occupational Therapy Department at A.T. Still University, serving on the school’s Arizona campus.
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