Director: Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA
Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA is Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, and an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Classen is an internationally funded prevention-oriented rehabilitation scientist who studies fitness-to-drive issues in at-risk drivers using clinical assessments, driving simulators, on-road assessments, in-vehicle technologies and automated vehicles. Her scholarly work utilizes both a public health and a rehabilitation science approach to bring depth and breadth in understanding driving from multiple perspectives. Since 2002, she has received competitive external funding (totaling ~$ 8 million) from U.S. agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, industry and other organizations) as well as agencies in Canada and abroad. She has (co)authored 140 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and special journal issues; is the editor of a handbook on driving simulation (AOTA Press, 2017); and has presented 250 papers at scientific conferences. Dr. Classen is Editor-in-Chief of the Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, serves on various (inter)national committees related to driving, is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Gerontological Society of America, and an inductee to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Academy of Research which is the highest scholarly honor that the Foundation confers upon scholars.