Washington University School of Medicine
Saint Louis, Missouri
Vanessa Macpherson graduated from Clemson University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Biological Sciences. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Washington University School of Medicine’s Program in Occupational Therapy. Vanessa chose to attend Occupational Therapy (OT) school because she wants to have a career where she can help people overcome limitations and achieve their goals. Vanessa is a member of the Connected Health and Innovative Rehabilitation (CHAIR) Laboratory, and her research interests include outcomes and interventions for stroke patients. Future goals include participating in clinical research, obtaining a PhD, and developing new interventions or improving existing technologies to benefit the people who need them.
While attending Clemson University, Vanessa was a member of the Human Stress and Fatigue Lab, where she worked as an undergraduate research assistant. She researched the relationship between low-intensity physical activity and psychosocial factors such as cognition, mood, and sleep. Vanessa helped plan and implement research studies in both a lab and field setting. She coordinated research studies and served as the point of contact for participants, coded and analyzed data, presented research results at 8 academic conferences, and was twice invited to speak about the importance of undergraduate participation in research. Vanessa was given the Eugene Galluscio Award for Undergraduate Leadership by the psychology department, and the Clemson University Human Stress and Fatigue Lab Excellence Award for her contributions to the lab.