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Rachel Proffitt

Rachel Proffitt

Educational background

  • Postdoctoral Fellow – 2014, University of Southern California
  • Certificate in Clinical, Biomedical, and Translational Investigations- 2013, University of Southern California
  • OTD – 2010, Washington University, St. Louis
  • BS – 2007, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

Classes taught

  • OC THR 5110- Introduction to Evidence Based Practice
  • OC THR 5230- Application of Evidence Based Practice
  • OC THR 5350- Proposal Development

Membership in professional organizations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Missouri Occupational Therapy Association
  • International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation
  • Pi Theta Epsilon

Professional service

  • Missouri Representative- AOTA Representative Assembly
  • Chair- ACRM Technology Networking Group
  • Board Member- International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation 
  • Chair- Persons with Disabilities Committee, MU Campus
  • Research Committee Chair- MU School of Health Professions
  • Curriculum Committee Member- MU OT Department
  • Scholarship Committee Chair- MU OT Department
  • Faculty Advisor- Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society, MU OT Department

Awards & honors

  • 2020- Young Investigator Award in Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • 2019- 6th Place Overall Poster, RehabWeek, Toronto, Canada
  • 2018- Best Paper Award, 12th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality, and Associated Technologies
  • 2018- Early Career Award, Second Place, International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation
  • 2017- Early Career Reviewer (BMIO), Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health
  • 2015- Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) workshop attendee, Medical University of South Carolina
  • 2010- Excellence in Student Research Award, Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2007- Ben Vereen Scholarship in Occupational Therapy, Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2007- Phi Beta Kappa, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

Research summary

The goal of my research is to improve the health and well-being of adults and older adults through the use of smart, home-based technology.

Selected publications