I went heads-down over the last few months as my focus shifted onto my doctoral research project, the last requirement for completion of my doctoral degree. Although I knew that my research was an area of interest for me when I selected the topic, I had no idea how impactful it would be on me. I had the remarkable opportunity to work with families that I not only identified with but who had experiences that mirrored each other. Families joined me to discuss their journeys from around the globe, highlighting the presence of these unique lives across all cultures, geographies, and economic abilities. I have been moved by the profound love that parents have for their children, their dedication to finding opportunities for their children to thrive, and the intensity of the lifestyles necessary to navigate these journeys. I stand in awe of these families and am most grateful for each of them in sharing their journeys with me so that others might embrace the realization that they are not alone.
I am thrilled to now officially be able to call myself “Dr. Amy” and feel fully prepared to engage deeply in this community to drive awareness, innovate for change, and build support networks. Here is a snapshot of my defense meeting with leaders in the field embracing my research.