Junior Pereira MRes
Faculty Mentor: Joy Agner PhD, OTR/L
Research Lab: Health and Empowerment Action (HEAL)
Year of Entry: 2023
My research interests are focused on mental health services, intersectionality, and substance use. I am particularly intrigued by innovative, community-centered approaches on a global scale. As a Research Assistant at the HEAL Lab, I am actively engaged in a pilot project inspired by the Trieste mental health care model, aligning with the principles of the Italian psychiatric reform.
Before becoming a PhD student, I worked as an occupational therapist at a Psychosocial Care Center in Brazil, with a focus on individuals utilizing substances (CAPS AD Nordeste). During this time, I conducted research on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the occupations of users within the Brazilian Network for Psychosocial Care.
Master’s by Research
in Occupation Studies
2022 | Federal University of Minas Gerais
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
2020 | University of Brasilia
Provost Fellowship Top Off Award | 2023
USC Graduate School