Nerissa Rampersad

Mentor: Dr. Consuelo Kreider
College of PHHP
 
"Occupational Therapy is a field that strives to empower others to lead independent and fulfilling lives. I have had many experiences with Occupational Therapy in a clinical setting, and was curious to participate in the research aspect of it. The idea of being a part of such an innovative project further inspired me to get involved with research. When I had my interview with Dr. Kreider I admired her perspective on research and the passion she has for her project. I could see myself growing professionally and personally with her guidance. I am very fortunate for all that I have learned thus far, and all of the exciting research opportunities that lie ahead."

Major

Health Sciences/Pre-Occupational Therapy

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Disorders
  • Rehabilitation Science

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2015
  • PHHP Dean's List 2015
  • President's Honor Roll 2012
  • Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program

Organizations

  • Delta Phi Omega
  • Health Professions College Council
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association

Volunteer

  • Arts in Medicine
  • UF Health Shands Hospital
  • Camp Boggy Creek

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Cooking
  • Yoga
  • Dance

Research Description

How do Undergraduate Students with Learning and Attention Disorders Describe Supports that Work, and how do they Advocate for these Needed Supports?
One of the goals of Occupational Therapy is to facilitate an individual’s ability to perform within their current life roles. The skills needed for the occupation of a student extends beyond those needed for the classroom. Comprehensive Support for STEM Students with Learning Disorders (CS3LD) is a multidisciplinary project that aims to provide a model of support that encompasses three levels of assistance (personal, interpersonal, and institutional) for a cohort of UF undergraduate students with learning disabilities. The proposed research project will be conducted using a qualitative method. CS3LD is in its third year, and there is a record of the interviews and group discussions with the Scholars. These interviews and group discussion have been transcribed. The researcher plans to read the transcriptions and analyze for patterns in the way the Scholars describe what works and how they advocate for it. The research will focus on discovery of patterns that may be useful for further research. Additionally, if follow-up questions are discovered from the initial analysis, University Scholars Program support will enable additional one-to-one interviews with the Scholars.