Cognitive Function, Functional Cognition, and Evaluation Framework


Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu

Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu PhD, OTR/L, FGSA

Associate Professor

Chiung-ju (CJ) Liu, PhD, OTR/L, FGSA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida.Dr. Liu’s research area is healthy aging. She is interested in identifying factors to increase older adults’ functional ability, which is the capacity that enables individuals to be and do what they have reasons to value. Her research expertise includes health literacy promotion, late-life disability prevention, and systematic reviews of interventions that support independence in activities of daily living for older adults. Dr. Liu studies the relationship between cognitive aging and health literacy. She examines the use of text cohesion, illustrations, and stereoscopic videos to reduce the cognitive load required to process health information in older adults. Additionally, Dr. Liu has published a series of systematic reviews examining the effect of exercise on late-life disability. She recently developed 3-Step Workout for Life to enhance functional gains from structured exercise for older adults who are at risk of losing independence at home. Her work has contributed to practice guidelines published by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the World Health Organization.

Dr. Liu is currently accepting PhD students.

This course introduces the concept of functional cognition and how to comprehensively evaluate functional cognition using the Cognitive-Functional Evaluation Framework.

Target Audience

This course is well-suited for occupational therapists to further their knowledge in functional cognition evaluation.

Educational Level

Introductory: Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Differentiate the difference between cognitive function and functional cognition.
  • Describe the five domains in Cognitive-Functional Evaluation (C-FE) Framework.

Completion Requirements

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.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Some of the content is based on the course OTH6620C Occupation-based Practice and Rehabilitation: Cognitive, Perceptual, Social Domains that Dr. Liu taught in the University of Florida Department of Occupational Therapy.

Instructional Methods

One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.


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