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. 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 autonomous, connected, electric and shared vehicles. Her scholarly work utilizes both a public health and a rehabilitation science approach to bring depth and breadth in understanding driving and mobility from multiple perspectives. Since 2002, she has received competitive external funding (totaling ~$10 million) from U.S. agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health; National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; 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 over 160 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and special journal issues; is the editor of a handbook on driving simulation (AOTA Press, 2017); and has presented more than 270 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.
In this course, the author provides an overview of older adults’ transportation needs, the potential benefit of autonomous vehicle technology (AVT) to their health and safety, and results from a study conducted to determine older adults’ perception before and after being exposed to AVT (i.e. a driving simulator driving in autonomous mode and an automated shuttle). The presentation highlights implications for practice, policy and research.
This course is well-suited for occupational therapists and transportation professionals who are interested in optimizing the personal and community mobility of older adults via autonomous vehicle technology.
Advanced: Course content is geared to practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter based on current theories and standards of practice as well as current literature and research. Focus is on recent advances and trends, and/or research applications.
Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:
- Define autonomous vehicle technology.
- Describe the health and safety expectations of older adults pertaining to community mobility.
- Describe the levels of vehicle automation.
- Differentiate between an autonomous driving simulator and an autonomous shuttle.
- Detail the face and content validity of the assessment tool used for determining older adult perceptions.
- Summarize the perceptions of older adults after exposure to either or both modes of AVT.
- Explain the implications of the study findings for rehabilitation professionals, industry, as well as transportation professionals.
AOTA Classification Codes
- Category 1: Domain of OT – Occupations/ IADL
0.1 AOTA CEUs (1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners) will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test. The UF Occupational Therapy Department will enter the Contact Hour into the CEBroker database for Florida licensed occupational therapy practitioners.
Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.
One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.