Shannon Cochrane

Mentor: Dr. Dr. Thomas Buford
College of Medicine
"I become involved with research because of an insatiable interest in learning more about rehabilitation. The aging population is the largest growing subcategory of the overall population, so research in this area is exciting in that it has an ever-growing impact."


Health Science: Pre-Occupational Therapy



Research Interests

  • Productive aging
  • Exercise and functional outcomes
  • Exercise and the cardiovascular system

Academic Awards

  • 2014 Anderson Scholar Award Recipient
  • 2014 Bachelors of Health Science Honors Program Inductee


  • Student Occupational Therapy Association
  • University of Florida General Education Committee
  • Translational Exercise, Aging, and Muscle Laboratory


  • Shands volunteer- Hand therapy, microbiology lab, pediatric occupational therapy, inpatient occupational therapy
  • Boggy Creek Camp for disabled children
  • Balance 180 Special Olympics Gymnastics Program

Hobbies and Interests

  • Ballet
  • Hiking
  • Tennis

Research Description

Association of Objectively-measured Physical Activity and Incident Cardiovascular Events in Mobility-limited Older Adults
The objective of this project is to use the longitudinal data from Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE study) including changes in physical activity habits measured by accelerometry and actual rates of cardiovascular events among LIFE participants. This study proposes firstly to examine the extent to which accelerometry measures at baseline are associated with the incidence of cardiovascular events observed among LIFE participants. The study proposes secondly to examine the extent to which accelerometry measures collected longitudinally (0, 6, 12, 24 months) predict incident cardiovascular events among LIFE participants. Additional analysis will consider the strength of how this association differs between intervention groups.