Carly Smith, a senior at The Ohio State University, will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, in June to present her research on infant development and parent-child relationships at the World Association for Infant Mental Health World Congress Conference.
Smith has been conducting research in preparation for graduate school, which allowed her to collaborate with the Infant and Parent Project at Ohio State. A panel of judges selected her research findings to be published and presented at the world-renowned conference.
Smith will graduate from Ohio State in May, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology.
She will earn her degree a year early and is on a pre-occupational therapy track. She is a 2011 St. Mary Central Catholic High School graduate and hopes to return to the Sandusky area someday to open her own practice and continue researching infant and child development.
At Ohio State, she is an Advocate for Children and Education Scholar, president-elect of the Pre-Occupational Therapy Club and the advocacy chair of Abilities, a student group that promotes awareness of various disabilities.