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Cheryl Lea Carrico MS, OT/L

Cheryl Carrico
  • Assistant Professor
  • MS, Occupational Therapy
  • BA, Psychology
  • In Process, PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Kentucky


Contact Information

  • Department: Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • Office: Dizney 103
  • Mailing Address: Dizney 103
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-3300


Cheryl Carrico is currently a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Her current research focuses on optimizing meditation for use in the clinical setting.  Past and ongoing projects include a qualitative study on the experience of meditation after stroke (dissemination phase); and a quantitative study to determine whether mantra meditation may improve chronically impaired attention after stroke (data collection phase).  Ms. Carrico also works as part of a multidisciplinary neurorehabilitation research program at the University of Kentucky. The programmatic mission is to discover and refine interventions to enhance recovery of movement function after stroke or spinal cord injury.  Studied interventions include neuromodulation and intensive task-oriented motor training.

“I am a licensed occupational therapist as well as a PhD candidate in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. My dissertation research is geared to examine whether meditation may enhance attention for people with impaired attention after stroke or attention deficit disorder or traumatic brain injury. For the past decade, I have worked full-time as a research specialist in the neurorehabilitation lab serving adult clients with stroke, spinal cord injury, or other neurological conditions. The lab specializes in non-invasive neuromodulation (i.e., low-level electrical stimulation of the brain) to enhance outcomes of occupational therapy. As an EKU faculty member, I am inspired by the EKU OT students and look forward to playing a part in their learning.” Cheryl Carrico

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