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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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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.


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Gianna is currently an undergraduate student in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. She is majoring in Health Science and minoring in Disabilities in Society. Her plan is to obtain a clinical doctoral degree in occupational therapy and to become a periodic occupational therapist. She will assist in updating the systematic review of functional exercise in the lab.


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.


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Lauren is an undergraduate student majoring in Health Science and minoring in Public Health at the University of Florida. She aspires to become a nurse practitioner in the future. Lauren is an active member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association and UF Women’s Club Flag Football team. She will be working with her honor thesis mentor, Dr. Liu, studying the implementation of task-oriented functional exercise in retirement communities in Florida. 


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.