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Heather N Simpson, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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About me

I'm Heather Simpson, an occupational therapist at UF Health. My journey in occupational therapy began with a bachelor of science in exercise and sport sciences from the University of Florida, where I graduated with a minor in education. I then pursued a master of occupational therapy from the University of Florida, where I was honored as the co-recipient of the Ann Sirmyer Ballard Award for Leadership. Later, I earned my doctorate in occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine for health sciences.

As a board-certified occupational therapist, I specialize in movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, atypical Parkinson's, Parkinsonisms, Tourette Syndrome, tic disorders and tremors, as well as anxiety-related disorders including Trichotillomania, Excoriation and OCD. I'm actively involved in research, particularly focusing on tic disorders/Tourette Syndrome and the genetics related to anxiety-related disorders and Parkinson's disease. My dedication to advancing knowledge in these areas is reflected in my numerous publications.

Professionally, I serve in various roles at UF Health, including coordinating the Parkinson's Center of Excellence and Tourette Center of Excellence, where I focus on patient outreach, support groups and research. Additionally, I lead clinical interviews at the Center for OCD and Related Disorders (COARD), studying the genetics of anxiety-related disorders. I'm also a member of the Steering Committee for the UF Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (CAN). Additionally, I am a faculty member at the Tourette Syndrome Behavior Therapy Institute.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and cheering for Gator sports teams.

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