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27th Annual PHHP Research Day

Honors students with faculty and mentors

Cassandra McGowan with her poster

April 9, 2014

From left to right in photo above:
Cassandra McGowan, BHS
Amanda Lutz, MOT, DRS, OTR/L
Sandra Winter, PhD, OTR/L
Nicole Cormack, BHS

I-MAP Research Assistant and UF Bachelors of Health Science Honors Student Cassandra McGowan presents her work "Combat Veterans' Perspectives on Driving Strategies to Curtail Unsafe Driving". Her mentors were Dr. Sandra Winter, PhD, OTR/L and Dr. Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA.

26th Annual PHHP Research Day

Honors students with faculty and mentors

Megan Shanahan with mentors
Megan Shanahan with mentors
Megan Shanahan with mentors

April 16, 2013

From left to right in photo above:
Megan Shanahan, BHS
Miriam Monahan, MS, OTR/L, CDRS
Kiah Brown, BHS
Stephanie Hernandez, BHS
Dr. Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L
Abraham Yarney, MS
Amanda Lutz, MOT, DRS, OTR/L
Sandra Winter, PhD, OTR/L
Maria Canonizado, BHS

The Institute for Mobility Activity and Participation (I-MAP) was well represented at the 26th Annual PHHP Research day on April 16th, 2013. Dr. Classen, Director of I-MAP, Dr. Winter, I-MAP Coordinator, Miriam Monahan, occupational therapist and Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (OT-CDRS), mentored four honors students who presented their posters. These students are Kiah Brown, Maria Canonizado, Stephanie Hernandez, and Megan Shanahan. Also seen in the picture are Amanda Lutz, OT-DRS, and Abraham Yarney, a graduate research assistant with I-MAP.

Dr. Sherrilene Classen
UF develops online screening tool to help caregivers identify at-risk older drivers

March 27, 2013

Dr. Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L

Read the full story here.

Presenters from the Driving Assessment Symposium are featured in the picture
Gerontological Society of America's 65th Annual Scientific Meeting

November 21, 2012

Presenters from the Driving Assessment Symposium are featured in the picture:
Mr. Frank Carroll (Director: Older Driver Curriculum, AARP, Washington DC)
Dr. Tadhg Stapleton (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)
Dr. Sherrilene Classen (I-MAP, University of Florida)
Dr. Michel Bédard (Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada)
Dr. Anne Dickerson (Eastern Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina)

Dr. Sherrilene Classen has chaired a Symposium, entitled Driving Assessments for Older Road Users: The Old, the New and the Innovative at the Gerontological Society of America's 65th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego, California, November 14-18, 2012. In this symposium, Dr. Classen presented the psychometrics and web-based features of the Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure. She also presented a research paper, entitled: Errors predicting pass/fail outcomes in drivers with Parkinson's disease.

Adaptive Mobility, Inc. Trains I-MAP Team Members

Group at Adaptive Mobility Inc. in Orlando
Dr. Sherrilene Classen, Driving Rehabilitation Therapists form Shands at Magnolia Parke and attendees from all around the USA, with instructors Susan Pierce and Miriam Monahan at Adaptive Mobility Inc. in Orlando.

November 13, 2012

Dr. Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L
Miriam Monahan, MS, OTR/L, CDRS
Lisa Crisalli, OT, ATP, CDRS
Amanda Lutz, MOT, DRS, OTR/L
Kyle Platek, DRS, OTR/L

I-MAP team with instructors at Adaptive Mobility Inc. in Orlando
Dr. Sherrilene Classen, Kyle Platek, Amanda Link Lutz and Lisa Crisalli with instrcutors Susan Pierce and Carol Blackburn at Adaptive Mobility Inc. in Orlando.

Dr. Sherrilene Classen, Kyle Platek, Amanda Link Lutz and Lisa Crisalli recently attended the "Building Blocks" and "Take the Wheel" Courses offered by Adaptive Mobility, Inc in Orlando Florida. The courses were presented by Susan Pierce, Carol Blackburn, and Miriam Monahan, instructors and Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialists affiliated with Adaptive Mobility. Kyle and Amanda have now completed the training to be recognized as Driving Rehabilitation Therapists and will soon start working on their "Specialist" status. Lisa Crisalli is practicing as a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist at Shands at Magnolia Parke.

Expert Panel in Older Driver Safety at the AOTA's National Office

Expert panel featured in the picture

March 5-7, 2012

Dr. Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L
Miriam Monahan, MS, OTR/L, CDRS

Dr. Sherrilene Classen and Miriam Monahan have participated in an Expert Panel in Older Driver Safety at the AOTA's National Office in Bethesda, MD on March 5-7th, 2012. This consensus meeting, the first of its kind in the OT profession, was sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the Pathways Project to build capacity among generalist occupational therapists in the screening and assessment of older drivers.

Presenters from the second Symposium are featured in the picture
Gerontological Society of America's 64th Annual Scientific Meeting

November 22, 2011

Presenters from the second Symposium are featured in the picture:
Dr. Moon Choi (VCU Medical School)
Ms. Lisa Molnar (UMTRI)
Dr. Sherrilene Classen (I-MAP, UF)
Dr. Briana Mezuk (VCU Medical School)

Dr. Sherrilene Classen has participated in the Gerontological Society of America's 64th Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA, November 18-22, 2011. She has presented, on behalf of co-authors, in two Symposia: The Innovative Alternative Transportation Symposium a presentations entitled: "Innovative Approaches for Alternative Transportation Options for Seniors" and in the Social Disparities in Mobility in Later Life Symposium, a presentation entitled "Traffic Violations vs. Driving errors: Implications for Older Female Drivers".

Dr. Sherrilene Classen and Desiree Landford presenting photo
"Driving is Everybody's Business" presented to the Shands Rehabilitation Centers' Therapists

November 2, 2011

From left to right:
Desiree N. Lanford, MOT, OTR/L, CDRS
Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L

Dr. Sherrilene Classen and Desiree Lanford, CDRS, OTR/L conducted a presentation entitled: "Driving is Everybody's Business" to the Shands Rehabilitation Centers' Therapists on November 2nd, 2011. More than 50 occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists and recreational therapists participated in this continuing education seminar.

UF&Shands driving rehabilitation services group photo
Merger of Shands, UF driving rehab programs improves clinical care, expands research

November 1, 2011

From left to right:
Miriam Monahan, MS, OTR/L, CDRS
Jason Rogers
Patty Helsel, OTR/L, CKTP
Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L
Desiree N. Lanford, MOT, OTR/L, CDRS

Not shown:
Zamarys Roman, MS, OTR/L
Lisa Crisalli, OTR/L, CDRS

Shands and University of Florida driving rehabilitation services are moving forward together, joining forces to establish what directors say is the first program where clinical driving rehabilitation services are delivered in direct association with current research.

Shands at Magnolia Parke Driving Rehabilitation Services and UF's Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation, or I-MAP, announced their merger in October 2011. UF driving rehabilitation clinical and research staff relocated to Shands Rehab Center at Magnolia Parke.

"Joining our clinical driving program here at Shands Rehab Center at Magnolia Parke together with the driving research program of the University of Florida makes us even stronger in the delivery of patient care," said manager Patty Helsel, OTR/L, CKTP. "Working together puts the evidenced-based research in our clinic so we are receiving cutting edge information as it is obtained."

The UF and Shands Driving Rehabilitation Services program will continue to offer occupational therapy on-road and off-road driver evaluation assessments for older adults and people who have conditions that may affect their ability to drive. Desiree Lanford, OTR/L, CDRS, coordinator of the I-Drive Program, together with Lisa Crisalli, OTR/L, CDRS, will provide the clinical and in-car driving evaluations at Magnolia Parke. They will also offer intervention plans and driver training to help individuals drive safer, with necessary adaptations, or to use community mobility independently if they cannot or choose not to drive.

I-MAP investigators have been developing safe driving behaviors measures for older adults, as well as prediction models for driving performance in people with neurological disorders, such as mild traumatic brain injury, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease. They are also examining the driving performance of returning combat veterans.

"Bringing the Shands and UF programs together offers investigators the opportunity to expand research to larger patient populations and to identify clinical problems that may inform research. Our goal is to work shoulder-to-shoulder with clinical driving rehabilitation specialists in order to 'infuse' evidence into practice," said Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D., M.P.H., I-MAP director and an associate professor in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions' department of occupational therapy.

"At Shands at Magnolia Parke, we have immediate access to a new population for whom driving rehabilitation services have not been previously offered: adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder," Classen said. "These individuals may potentially drive, but have special training needs and demands that exceed those that can be offered through traditional drivers' education programs."

The team has received a UF and Shands Quasi Endowment Fund grant to support research on the driving needs of adolescents with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. Researchers aim to eventually evaluate the effectiveness of a driving rehabilitation program for these individuals. The program is delivered by Miriam Monahan, OTR/L, CDRS , using a battery of clinical tests and I-MAP's driving simulator.

"Very little is known about how the presentation of ADHD and ASD skill deficits can directly impact an individual's ability to learn to drive and to drive safely," Classen said. "Moving forward together under the UF & Shands driving rehabilitation services merger will position us to find answers for such and many other driving and community mobility related questions."

SafeandMobileSeniors.org now featured as a Partner link

June 15, 2011

Safe and Mobile Seniors is a virtual "one stop shop" for transportation safety and mobility information for drivers and pedestrians 65 years and older living in Florida.

Witter with poster photo
Daniel Witter Places Second During the Medical Student Research Day

April 8, 2011

Congratulations to Daniel Witter, second year medical student, who won second place during the Medical Student Research Day, for the research that he conducted with I-MAP during the summer of 2010. His project is entitled: Clinical Predictors of Driving Performance in Parkinson's Disease.

Posters presented at the 2011 PHHP Research Day

March 23, 2011

I-MAP students and faculty attended to the 2011 College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) Research Day on March 23rd. Posters were presented by I-MAP Affiliated Bachelor of Health Science students Nikki Cosse, Amy Lapa, Dustin Meyer and William Silver, doctoral graduate student Yanning Wang, and post-doctoral associate Sandra Winter. Yanning Wang earned a Research Excellence award for her research. Both Yanning Wang and Amy Lapa were acknowledged by the PHHP Collaboration Committee for their collaborative projects under the faculty mentoring, from Health Professions, of Dr. Sherrilene Classen, Department of Occupational Therapy and, Public Health, Dr. Babette Brumback, Department of Biostatistics. Details on all of the day's presentations, as well as three minute podcasts from all the presenters, on research topics ranging from driving performance issues of those with Epilpsy or Seizure Disorder, returning Combat Veterans with Mild TBI/PTSD, and the Measurement Issues Underlying a Self-Report Driving Behaviors Measure, can be found on I-MAP's website.

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