Justin Mason, PhD
Dr. Justin Mason is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. He received his B.S (Psychology), M.S. (Sport Management), M.S. (Exercise Physiology), and Ph.D. (Sport and Exercise Psychology) from Florida State University. His research interests are in the role that lifestyle factors have in influencing cardiovascular health and cognitive function. His dissertation investigated the relationships between arterial stiffness and thickness, cognitive function, and driving performance in older adults. Dr. Mason and the Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation (I-MAP) team is working in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Gainesville to investigate older drivers’ perception of autonomous vehicle technology. The acceptance and use of innovative technology (e.g., autonomous vehicles) may enable older adults to become more active and enhance their quality of life.