Study Coordinators


Rebecca O’Connell

Rebecca O’Connell is a study coordinator for the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology. She is helping research the effects of near-infrared light on cognitive and motor function in Parkinson’s disease under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Bowers. At the University of Florida in 2019, Rebecca graduated summa cum laude and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. As an undergraduate student, she volunteered as a research assistant for a doctoral student’s dissertation on the emotional and motivational changes in Parkinson’s disease. She is currently in the process of taking a gap year and applying for medical school in the hopes of combining her passions of sustainability and medicine.


ARAlyssa Ray

Alyssa Ray is a decisive member of Department of Clinical & Health Psychology Team under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Bowers.  As member of this innovative and groundbreaking team, she is playing an integral part in researching the effects of photobiomodulation intervention on motor and cognitive performance in Parkinson’s disease, healthy older adults, and adults with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease.

Prior to continuing her studies at the University of Florida, she earned her B.S. in Psychology with honors from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. After graduating from UCF and focused on achieving her life’s mission of being a physician, she completed her Post-Baccalaureate Program from the University of Florida.

To better prepare for a life dedicated to serving others, Alyssa continues to acquire essential building blocks in her gap year in pursuit of a career in medicine to achieve her desire to: restore, transform, and heal individuals facing cognitive diseases and mental disorders through empathy, compassion, research, and advocacy.

In her spare time, Alyssa is an avid scuba diver, enjoys volunteering at the psychiatric unit at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, and cherishes time with her husband, family, friends, three dogs, and one cat.