Dr Rachel Proffitt
Dr Rachel Proffitt is an 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 with neurological conditions.
She 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).
Upon completion of her OTD at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Proffitt sought to further her research training through a postdoctoral fellowship. She was awarded a T32 fellowship and received broad training in research methods for efficacy and effectiveness trials in rehabilitation.
As faculty in the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of OS & OT, Dr. Proffitt began mentored career development training through a K12 Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program. Here at Mizzou, Dr. Proffitt received a KL2 Career Development Award that is jointly funded with Washington University School of Medicine. She is currently conducting several studies to examine the mechanisms of her VR interventions in order to ultimately determine how these interventions impact motor and cognitive performance of adults with stroke. Dr. Proffitt was recently featured in a Newsy story on virtual reality applications for occupational therapy