Prerna Poojary-Mazzotta, PhD, OTR/L
Prerna Poojary-Mazzotta joined the University of Florida in February 2018. Prerna graduated in 2010 from L.T. Medical College, India with a degree in Occupational therapy and pursued a Masters in Rehabilitation Sciences with a concentration in Occupational therapy from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2011. She further went on to complete her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2016.
Prerna conducted research primarily in nursing homes and also worked at an in-patient rehabilitation center after completing her Masters. After completing didactic work for the PhD program, Prerna accepted a position as an Instructor at the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015. She continued conducting her PhD research work while she taught at the University and started practicing as a home health therapist. Prerna has a total of four certifications- in wound care (2016); lymphedema therapy (2016); oncology & lymphedema management (2017) and in gerontology with a specialization in mental health (2016). Prerna’s research interests include conducting qualitative and quantitative research in the fields of Assistive Technology, Online education, Blended learning, Lymphedema and patient care outcomes.