Gabriela Perez, OTD, MS, OTR/L

Assistant Professor, OT Programs


Dallas, TX


College of Health Sciences


Adult Rehabilitation
Higher Education
Instructional Design
Interprofessional Education
Neurological Disorders
Neurological Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Vision Rehabilitation


Doctor of Occupational Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Florida International University
Bachelor of Education, Sports and Fitness Track, Florida International University
Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant, Miami Dade College

Research Interests

Neurological Rehabiliation
Brain Injury Recovery
Stroke Recovery
Motivation in Education

Dr. Gabriela Perez entered the role of teaching as a lab assistant in 2018 and came onboard at the University as full-time faculty in March 2020. She started her career as a physical therapist assistant in 2009 and remains practicing.

Dr. Perez earned her bachelor’s degree in education with a focus on health and fitness, and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Florida International University. She received her clinical post-professional doctorate from the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences in 2020.

Dr. Perez has worked in various settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient and home health, primarily with the neurological population. She has attained certifications as a Certified Stroke Specialist (CSRS), Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation And Habilitation and is a constraint-induced movement therapist. She has also developed and taught continuing education courses focusing on the treatment of the neurological population. She has a passion for teaching and is currently pursuing her doctorate in education.