Graduate Students

Libak Abou

Libak AbouHe has a background in Physical Therapy and joined the lab as a PhD student in Kinesiology. He is currently working on several DPQoL projects as he develops his own research thesis. He received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Santa Catarina State University (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina-UDESC) in Brazil and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Rehabilitation at University of Medical Sciences of Cienfuegos (Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Cienfuegos-UCM) in Cuba. His research interests concentrate on rehabilitation among people with disability principally people with Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke. He is specifically interested in educational and task-oriented approaches to adjust motor control and prevent secondary impairment to enhance functional independence and maximize quality of life of people after disability.

Mikaela Frechette

Mikaela FrechetteMikaela joined the DPQoL laboratory in 2021 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Kinesiology. She received her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science at the University of New Hampshire and master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her research interests concentrate on the development of health technology for special populations, with a focus on providing users with greater accessibility of health- and safety-related information.


Rebecca Yarnot

Rebecca YarnotRebecca joined the DPQoL laboratory in 2017 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in exercise science at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2014. Her interests center around better understanding barriers to community and physical activity participation for people with disabilities.