Rachel Proffitt



Dr. Rachel Proffitt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on developing, testing, and implementing virtual reality-based interventions for adults and older adults post-stroke. Dr. Proffitt has extensive experience working in an interdisciplinary setting with computer scientists and engineers and was previously the Director of the Game Based Rehab Lab at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California (USC). She has completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship with an emphasis in rehabilitation clinical trials as well as a KL2 Career Development Award. She is currently translating effective interventions, such as LSVT®BIG, for use with the stroke population and pairing telehealth applications for remote delivery in rural areas. Dr. Proffitt is PI of an NIH R21 to develop a new algorithm for activity recognition and assessment in the natural home environment for individuals post-stroke and the PI of an NIH R01 to evaluate a sensor system in the homes of rural community-dwelling older adults.

10:30 AM PST

Saturday March 5, 2022

The Use of VR and AR for neurologic populations - fun and games or scientific intervention?

Are you interested in using virtual reality approaches in your practice? Overwhelmed by the literature and want to make sure you are doing evidence based practice? This session will discuss current approaches and recommendations from academia, industry, and clinical practice.

9:45 AM PST

Friday April 8, 2022

Reducing Covid-19 Related Disability in Rural Community-Dwelling Older Adults Using Smart Technology

This session will cover a novel in-home sensor system for older adults. Results of studies conducted in independent living senior apartments will be presented along with progress of a currently funded study targeting older adults living in rural communities.