Current Lab Members

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Dr. Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu

Dr. Liu is the principal investigator of the Healthy Aging and Functional Ability Research Lab. As an occupational therapist and gerontologist, her research passion is to help older adults ageing in place. Dr. Liu’s work has contributed to two practice guidelines published by the American Occupational Therapy Association: Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Older Adults with Low Vision and Occupational Therapy Practice Guideline for Productive Aging for Community-dwelling Older Adults. She was invited by the World Health Organization to develop the Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People.

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Allie Armstrong

Allie is an undergraduate student in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. She is majoring in Health Science and is on the Pre-Occupational Therapy track. She plans to pursue a clinical doctorate degree in occupational therapy and to become a pediatric occupational therapist. Allie joined the lab in spring 2022 through the Active Learning Program. She then worked as an undergraduate student volunteer for the lab for a year before being promoted to Research Coordinator in fall 2023. Allie is excited to continue her participation in the lab by working on new projects and furthering her understanding of research.

Kelly Leal

Kelly is a current third year undergraduate student in the College of Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida.  Her major is in Health Science on the pre-Occupational Therapy track, and she has a minor in Disabilities in Society.  She is in the process of developing her Honors thesis based on her research regarding physical and cognitive frailty.  She hopes to enhance her research skills and grow her knowledge that will ultimately shape her as a future OT.

Gabby Ulloa

Gabby graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sport Science and Psychology in May 2020. She then graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master’s in Psychological Sciences in May 2023. She is currently a student in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Florida. Gabby is passionate about evidence-based practice in OT and the promotion of active and healthy aging.