Mackenzi Pergolotti is an Occupational Therapist with a BS/MS degree from Russell Sage College and the Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY. During her Masters research, Mackenzi used expressive arts therapy to improve the quality of life of children with cancer. After graduating, she worked in multiple settings with cancer patients of all ages as an occupational therapist. Prior to coming to UNC, Mackenzi was the Assistant Chief of Occupational Therapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York. At MSKCC, Mackenzi started the outpatient occupational therapy pediatric service as well as specialized in working with adults with brain tumors, having both cognitive and physical impairments. She is also certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment for adults with hemiplegia and as an infant massage instructor.
Mackenzi is now in her third year of the PhD program in the division of Occupational Science in the School of Medicine. Her research interests include understanding and predicting changes in activity participation, health-related quality of life and utilization of rehabilitative services within the adult cancer population. Mackenzi lives in Carrboro with her husband and three year old daughter, but her favorite sports team is still the Buffalo Sabres.