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UFOT delegation presented at 2022 OT Summit of Scholars

A delegation of four faculty and five PhD students presented at the 2022 Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, hosted at the University of Wisconsin. The OT Summit brings together top researchers in the field and provides mentorship opportunities to build the next generation of OT researchers.

Webinar: What do Drivers Really Think about Autonomous Vehicles?

The deployment of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies may hold important health and safety benefits for drivers across the driving lifespan. However, such benefits can materialize only if transportation users are willing to embrace the emerging technologies. Earlier studies document a wide variance in acceptance practices, based solely on surveys of drivers. This research used a combined approach of surveys and lived experiences of drivers engaging with AV technologies to examine technology acceptance and adoption of AV technologies. The webinar summarizes findings from the analysis of younger and middle-aged drivers’ perceptions of AVs before and after a) “driving” an interactive high-fidelity RTI driving simulator, in Level 4 autonomous mode, and b) riding in an autonomous shuttle (AS). Moreover, it discusses predictive models of facilitators and barriers for AV acceptance built from data collected from younger and middle-aged drivers (N=106) and older drivers (N=104). The findings reveal important foundational information about driver acceptance, their intention to use AVs, barriers to AV technology, and well-being related to AV technology across the driving lifespan.

Alumni Spotlight for National Occupational Therapy Month

The UF College of PHHP and the Great Department of Occupational Therapy are celebrating by spotlighting OT alumni who invest in the department and the profession as clinical Fieldwork Educators and Capstone Mentors. Thank you!

Chair’s overview of the UF OT Department

Sherrilene Classen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, finds it a privilege to provide you with some highlights of our great department. We have seen significant growth since 2017 as we have almost tripled the size of the department.