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Rachel Proffitt, Pt, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Missouri Health

Phone: (573) 884-2418

Lead Mentor
F. Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Research Areas

Mechanisms of virtual reality interventions in stroke and adherence to home exercise programs


  • 2010 OTD, Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • 2007 BS, Biology, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA
  • 2014 Post doc, University of Southern California

Current Research Funding

Small Project Award Proffitt (PI) 09/01/17-08/31/18 MU Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. A virtual reality program to optimize adherence to home exercise programs in persons with chronic stroke. This study seeks to determine the most effective combination of positive feedback in a game-based home exercise program and virtual coaching in improving adherence to a home exercise program for people with chronic stroke.

UL1 TR000448, Sub-Award KL2TR000450 Evanoff (PI) 07/01/16-06/30/19 NIH/NCATS Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences. The goal of this KL2 award is to obtain the mentored training necessary for the investigator to become an independent scientist and expert in developing and testing virtual reality-based interventions for rehabilitation. Role: MU KL2 Career Development Scholar

Recent Current Publications

Proffitt, R., Schwartz, J. K., Foreman, M., & Smith, R. O. Role of occupational therapy practitioners in mass market technology research and development. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. In press.

Proffitt, R., Henderson, W., Scholl, S., & Nettleton, M. Lee Silverman Voice Treatment- BIG® to improve occupational performance in stroke. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. In press.

Reifenberg, G., Gabrosek, G., Tanner, K., Harpster, K., Proffitt, R., & Persch, A. (2017). Feasibility of pediatric game-based neurorehabilitation using telehealth technologies: A case report. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(3), e1-e8.

Proffitt, R. (2016). Home exercise programs for adults with neurological injuries: A survey. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(3), e1-e8.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography


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