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.