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.
Investigations related to autonomous vehicle technology and driving performance in people with Parkinson's.
Investigations to study driving performance in medically-at-risk adults age 50 and older using medical marijuana.
The Occupational Therapy department is taking action to start addressing a culture change that is both necessary and critical so that each one of our black students and each one of our black colleagues feel that they matter- that means to feel valued and to feel that they can contribute to the value of the department, the college, and the profession.
I am very much troubled, as I am sure you are too-- by the recent killing of Mr. George Floyd. The heinous circumstances surrounding his unrightfully suffering and subsequent death are inconceivable, inhumane and unacceptable. This act is a manifestation of deleterious, derogative, demeaning and destructive forces inherent to racism, ethnocentrism, prejudice, and white supremacy. The image of the police officer’s knee on the throat of a man incapable of defending himself, pleading for help, suffering, and slowly dying--now so engrained in our consciousness, depicts a deep divide of oneness, a violation of concern for others, and is in direct opposition with the core ideologies of humanity-- and of us being extensions of creation’s generosity and love.
This 5-minute video provides an excellent overview of the project introducing the project to consumers and healthcare professionals involved in home modifications for people with movement impairments.
Book chapter found in Ways of Living: Intervention Strategies to Enable Participation, Fifth Edition.
Starting Feb. 3, Gainesville residents will be able to board an autonomous shuttle for test rides between downtown Gainesville and the University of Florida campus. The shuttle will be operated by the City of Gainesville’s Regional Transit System (RTS) and has been funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Book chapter found in Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, Eighth Edition.
Dr. Classen’s team has been researching how older drivers experience autonomous vehicle technology. As a result of this research, two continuing education lectures were developed for inclusion in the Driving Rehabilitation Therapy Certificate program offered by the UF Department of Occupational Therapy.