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College faculty, students recognized during International Education Week

The University of Florida International Center honored a College of Public Health and Health Professions faculty member and several graduate students during International Education Week, held November 12 to 16. Shabnam Medhizadah, a doctoral student in the rehabilitation science program who hails from Canada, was awarded with a certificate of excellence.

Department of Occupational Therapy partners with Find a Ride Florida to improve alternative transportation for Florida’s aging road users

To address the need for affordable and accessible transportation, the Florida’s Department of Transportation (FDOT) Safety Office awarded the Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation at the University of Florida a grant which provides an alternative transportation database, and an interactive mapping website, for identifying transportation solutions for aging road users.

Evidence Based Indicators of Driving Performance

This course starts by providing a background of crash statistics for the U.S and introduce the concept of crash risk and crash risk reduction. Next, we provide an overview of terminology that is used in the driving literature, specifically related to driving outcomes. The audience is further exposed to a breadth of evidence-based methods and tools to help asses an individual’s fitness to drive. These assessments include the Comprehensive Driving Evaluation, which can be subdivided in clinical assessments, driving simulator assessments, and the on-road assessment. Dr. Classen is synopsizing the factual content in this course from almost two decades of exposure to empirical evidence and best practices –all packaged to enable clinicians to practice from an evidence-based perspective.

Justin Mason, PhD

Post-Doctoral Associate View full CV Publications Google Scholar Profile Research Gate Profile Contact (352) 273-6146 Biography Dr. Justin Mason is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the…

James Wersal, OTD, OTR/L

Doctoral Student (2018) Mentor Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA Project Title TBD Biography James Wersal, OTD, is a doctoral student in the Rehabilitation Science program at the University of Florida, under the supervision of Dr. Sherrilene Classen. Dr. Wersal earned an entry level Masters of Science…

UF & UAB’s Phase I Demonstration Study: Older Driver Experiences with Autonomous Vehicle Technology

The University of Florida’s Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation is working in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Gainesville to study the implications of integrating autonomous vehicle technology. Phase 1 of the autonomous vehicle research will focus on the perception, values, beliefs and attitudes of drivers 65 years or older while utilizing a driving simulator and an autonomous vehicle.