Orit Shechtman, PhD, OTR/L

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Dr. Shechtman is an Associate Professor at the Department of Occupational Therapy. Her research is in the areas of assessments including grip strength measurement, assessment of maximal effort and sincerity of effort, and musculoskeletal disorders. She received the American Hand Therapy Foundation’s Burkhalter Memorial Research Award in 2001 and the American Society of Hand Therapist’s Evelyn Mackin Research Grant in 2006. Dr. Shechtman’s research also encompasses driving assessment of older drivers and driving simulators. Dr. Shechtman currently teaches anatomy, neuroscience, and pathophysiology in the Bachelor of Health Science Program, Foundations of Occupational Therapy in the Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program, and College Classroom Teaching in the Rehabilitation Sciences Doctorate (RSD) program. Dr. Shechtman had received many teaching awards including the University of Florida Teacher of the Year Award in 1997-98, the University of Florida Health Science Center’s Superior Accomplishment Award in 1999-2000, the 2005 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Occupational Therapy Education, the 2005-2006 College of Public Health and Health Professions Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2005-2006 Most Outstanding Faculty Member.