Associates & Collaborators

Associates & CollaboratorsLiz Terhune, M.S.
MCOA Research Associate and Scientific Writer.

Liz Terhune and Dr. Patricia Heyn are working on several research projects with a focus on evidence-based practice.  Liz has worked as a clinical researcher and writer for biomedical laboratories at Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Lewis & Clark College and a Master of Science in Biotechnology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She obtained unique skills and professional certifications in medical writing. She has always loved to communicate science to a diverse audience, including through scientific journalism and fiction. She lives in the beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her family.

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Associates & CollaboratorsPallavi Sood PT, PhD
MCOA Associated Research Fellow

Dr. Pallavi Sood is a clinical research scientist with academic training in health outcomes in older adults with physical and cognitive impairments. Dr. Sood received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Kurukshetra University, India, before moving to the U.S. to pursue an M.S. in Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her prosthetics residency at Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics, Peoria, IL, and worked as a prosthetist for a year before moving to Florida to pursue her Ph.D. Her doctoral research focused on developing and validating health outcomes using advanced measurement techniques such as IRT, and Rasch modeling. Her postdoc training focused on using multimodal imaging (fNIRS, EEG, and fMRI) of brain activity to investigate walking and mobility decline in older adults with cognitive and functional impairments. Additionally, she has a graduate certification in Gerontology, Aging and Geriatric Practice, and Introduction to Clinical/ Transitional Research from UF. Dr. Sood’s research interests include clinical outcomes and methodology in the field of rehabilitation sciences, assistive technology, and outcomes among older adults with physical and cognitive impairments. She is interested in exploring cognitive and functional outcomes for older adults with cognitive impairments such as MCI and Dementia using multimodal imaging techniques such as fNIRS, EEG, and fMRI. Dr. Sood’s research goal is to understand the current gaps in health care practices and find innovative solutions to improve patient-centered outcomes with the end goal to improve patient care, and enhanced patient engagement, independence & quality of life.

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