I-MAP utilizes approaches from occupational therapy, rehabilitation science, and public health to assess and enhance the mobility, activity, and participation of people, communities, and populations for their meaningful, productive, and autonomous engagement in everyday life. To fulfill this mission, we employ collaboration, creativity, cultural responsibility, scientific rigor, and optimism.


Sherrilene Classen

Sherrilene Classen PhD

Professor And Chair

Welcome to the Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation (I-MAP)!

We appreciate your interest and invite you to peruse our site and reach out to us accordingly.

Located within the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida, the Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation (I-MAP) was formed in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Sherrilene Classen. The initial focus was on mobility in the form of driving-related research. As of 2021, the institute is strategically aligned to promote research and scholarship across the domains of mobility, activity, and participation. The I-MAP Institute is currently comprised of three research labs. The I-MAP lab is led by Dr. Justin Mason and the research focus is driving and community mobility. The Youth and Young Adult Empowerment, Leadership, and Learning (YELL) lab is led by Dr. Jessica Kramer and focuses on tools and interventions to empower youth and young adults with developmental disabilities. The Healthy Aging and Functional Ability (HAFA) lab led by Dr. CJ Liu focuses on promoting health and preventing care dependency for older adults. Collectively these labs foster the I-MAP vision and mission.

This institute showcases infrastructure, support, services, networks, and projects that continue to invite and enrich collaborations among scientists, clinicians, professionals, and students interested in this area of scholarship. As you visit our website, you will recognize that we are renowned for our:

  • national, state, and/or foundation funded scientific projects or contracts
  • leadership in
    • driving rehabilitation science, screening, clinical/on-road/simulator assessments/interventions, autonomous vehicles, and community mobility
    • tools and interventions to empower youth and young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD)
    • promoting independence in older adults
  • peer reviewed publications shaping the field of driving rehabilitation, IDD and gerontology
  • active contributions to (inter)national scientific conferences, symposia, and colloquia
  • presence on expert panels
  • awards and rewards received by faculty
  • mentoring of undergraduate, graduate, PhD students, and post-docs
  • clinician-scientist models
  • state of the art equipment
  • cutting edge technology
  • collaborations with universities, hospitals, institutes/ centers, and industry
  • authoring books and book chapters

We hope that you are excited about collaborating with us—and that you will contact us to further optimize driving and community mobility, engage people in meaningful activities, and ensure equitable participation for diverse populations 21 Century!

To discuss collaborative or other opportunities, please contact me directly at sclassen@phhp.ufl.edu.


Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA
Professor and Chair: Department of Occupational Therapy
Director: Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation