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Dr. Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu

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Dr. Liu is the principal investigator of 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 currently serves as the Provisional Membership Director at Phi Mu, and the Assistant Director of Programming for Solace. She is excited to work alongside Dr. CJ Liu through the Active Learning Program.


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Angela Cao is an undergraduate student majoring in Health Science and minoring in Health Disparities in Society at the University of Florida. She is on the Pre-Occupational Therapy and interests in becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. Angela actively engages in campus organizations such as Footprints: Buddy and Support Program and MEDLIFE. Angela is working with other lab members on a research project that focuses on the adaptations of the 3-Step Workout of Life Program in senior living communities in Florida.


Brooke Bonkowski

Brooke is an undergraduate student in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. She is majoring in Health Science on the Pre-Occupational Therapy track and minoring in Disabilities in Society. She plans to pursue a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy with a specialty in hand therapy. She joined the lab in fall 2021 and will work on a systematic review project of functional exercise.


Kellen Breton

Kellen graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a double major in Biology and Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience. He aims to start medical school in the coming year with aspirations of becoming a well-rounded physician. Kellen is the lab manager as well as the project coordinator for the home health implementation project. He is also a Registered Behavior Technician at the Florida Autism Center, housed within the UF Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment.


Muntaha Islam

Muntaha is an undergraduate student in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. She is majoring in Health Science on the Pre-Occupational Therapy Track and minoring in International Development & Humanitarian Assistance and Disabilities in Society. Muntaha is involved with organizations on campus such as Partners In Health Engage at UF, Student Occupational Therapy Association, Students Organise for Syria UF, and the Gator Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity. She is also the Editor-In-Chief at Pre-Health Shadowing, a non-profit organization educating pre-health students. She is delighted to work alongside Dr. Liu in the Healthy Aging and Functional Ability Lab.


Yun Chan Shin

Yun Chan Shin received both BA and MS in occupational therapy from Yonsei University. His prior research experience includes examining cognitive rehabilitation and the lifestyle intervention program in older adults. Yun Chan is the awardee of the 2021 Grinter Fellowship. His research interest is in old adults’ health and aging in the community.