Soya Davis

 Soya Davis
Mentor: Dr. Linda Cottler
College of Public Health and Health Professions
"When I started research this year, I was looking to work on a project, get some experience working with an Occupational Therapist (OT), and eventually write a thesis paper for my honors program. However I went to a conference called Passion (to raise money to battle human trafficking) where I learned that there was a large need for research in the area of human trafficking which sparked the interest for my research project (which focuses on how knowledgeable college students are about human trafficking). It has been so exciting to get to work on a project that focuses on a topic that I have become very passionate about and I hope I am able to add something to the literature with my research findings.  The USP has been a tremendous help in providing resources and funding for my project under the mentorship of Dr. Cottler . From this project I hope to begin working in the community to build future interventions wherein we can educate the community and college students (through working with campus organizations) about human trafficking. I hope to present my findings to both the 15th Annual UF Undergraduate Research Symposium and the College of Public Health and Health Professions Research Day in 2014 as well as publish my findings in the Journal of Undergraduate Research.  In the long term this will facilitate my goals to work as an Occupational Therapist who specializes working with NGOs in the rehabilitation process for child victims of various forms of human trafficking."


Health Science, Pre-OT



Research Interests

  • Rehabilitation of Human Trafficking Victims
  • Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation
  • Dance in Medicine

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • PHHP Upper Division Honors Program


  • Campus Crusade for Christ Community Group Leadership
  • Dancin' Gators
  • Arts in Health Club at UF Inch by Inch Coordinator


  • Arts in Medicine volunteer at Shands
  • Impact Autism

Hobbies and Interests

  • Various forms of dance (Swing, Pointe, Lyrical, etc.)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Traveling
  • Learning about different cultures
  • Current Events

Research Description

Similarities and Differences in Perception of Thai and US college students regarding Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking is a major issue however few Americans are aware of the magnitude of this issue and its impact on both at the global level but also within our own communities. The reasoning for conducting this project is to use the Theory of Innovation to better understand the awareness level of a sample of college students concerning human trafficking. This is important because in order for future advances in prevention measures and rehabilitation of victims, future professionals must be aware of the need for research in this area in order for action to follow. Through this study we are interested in finding out if there is a correlation between knowledge and action by looking at the statistical findings of this study. Study participants will be college students attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and students attending the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.