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New UF program to prepare students to fill therapy workforce gap in early childhood programs

Published: Dec 5th, 2018

Dr. Christine Myers, project director, leads INSPIRE (Interdisciplinary Related Services Personnel Preparation for Early Childhood); an interdepartmental project offered by the Departments of OT, PT, and SLHS through a $1.24M grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

photo UF OT faculty and students at the 2018 FOTA Conference

OT well represented at FOTA Annual Conference

Published: Nov 28th, 2018

The Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) annual meeting was held in October. Forty-two faculty members and students from the Department of Occupational Therapy took advantage of this opportunity to present their scientific work via workshops, short courses, and poster presentations.

photo of International Student Awardees in PHHP for 2018

College faculty, students recognized during International Education Week

Published: Nov 20th, 2018

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.

Dr. Classen with other "Distinguished Alumna” celebrate the 25th anniversary of the College of Health Care Sciences, Nova Southeastern University (NSU).

Classen participated as a “Distinguished Alumna” for a Nova Southeastern University celebration

Published: Nov 9th, 2018

Dr. Classen participated with three other members as a “Distinguished Alumna” on a panel to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the College of Health Care Sciences, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), on Friday, November 9th, 2018.

Sarah Siebrandt and Elaine Keane give the Gator chomp at the Equator.

MOT students travel to alumna’s clinic in Ecuador for fieldwork experience

Published: Nov 9th, 2018

Elaine Keane, a 1985 UF OT graduate, is the executive director of CRECER, a clinic in Ibarra, Ecuador.

Aging Road User Project Team Members from OT

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

Published: Oct 9th, 2018

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.

Teen Driving Study UF Team Members

Department of Occupational Therapy leads a Project on Training Teen Distracted Drivers

Published: Oct 9th, 2018

Under the leadership of Dr. Sherrilene Classen and Dr. Sandra Winter, and in collaboration with the University of Florida T-2 center, the Department of Occupational Therapy has received a Florida Department of Transportation grant to develop a computer based-training (CBT) program for teens.

photo of Dr. Luther King, Dr. Sherrilene Classen, Mary Jeghers, and Dr. Sandra Winter at ADED conference

OT celebrates a “Triple Hitter” at recent Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) Conference in Richmond, Virginia

Published: Sep 26th, 2018

The Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation delivered an eight-hour pre-conference workshop at ADED. Additionally, Dr. Classen received ADED’s Scholarship Award for her outstanding scientific and leadership contributions to the field.

photo of inaugural OTD class in front of HPNP building

Department of Occupational Therapy Welcomes First OTD Class

Published: Sep 26th, 2018

The OTD program is the first and only entry-level doctorate in occupational therapy in the Florida State University System. The program was approved by the Board of Governors last year and will graduate the first class in 2021.

UF team members for autonomous vehicle project

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

Published: Sep 11th, 2018

The Department of Occupational Therapy’s Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation (I-MAP) team is working in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the City of Gainesville to better understand the perception, values, beliefs and attitudes of drivers 65 years and older as it relates to emerging autonomous vehicle technology.