We are delighted to share the last of 2023 UF Department of Occupational Therapy newsletter with you. Here you can read about the significant contributions, innovative research projects, faculty and student awards and rewards, and the impact that our UF OT faculty, alumni, and students are making in occupational therapy and rehabilitation science. We are so proud of all the contributions of our constituents and how they represent, impact, shape, and advance the field of OT!
Welcome to the Fall 2023 issue of the UF OT newsletter! We are happy to provide you with an update and overview of some of the accomplishments and initiatives of our Great Department of Occupational Therapy!
We hope you will find our Summer newsletter informative and telling of UF OT’s continued expansion, evolution, and excellence in research, teaching, and clinical services. We particularly want to highlight two stupendous faculty members who have joined our team: Dr. Suny Darcy, a clinical assistant professor, and Lindsey Telg, MOT, OTR/L, an adjunct lecturer. Three faculty members were promoted, including Dr. Christine Myers to Clinical Professor, and Drs. Consuelo Kreider and Mike Moorhouse to Clinical Associate Professors. Our faculty members have received three new grants, an NIH R-21 (PI: Dr. C J Liu); a Veteran’s Administration Autonomous Vehicle Award (PI: Classen); and a Florida Department of Transportation Award for examining autonomous ride-sharing services among older adults (PI: Classen). Likewise, our faculty has produced 42 peer-reviewed publications in reputable and/or high-impact journals, as well as 4 book chapters. We are also highlighting our academic and service program successes in the newsletter and invite you to enjoy reading about UF OT! - Dr. Sherrilene Classen, OT Department Chair
Our Spring semester is transitioning into an early Florida Summer – with an abundance of activities, programs, projects, and progress in our department! This semester kicked off with our students re-engaging in all of our campus activities, all of us learning to live with yet another Covid-19 mutation—the Delta variant—and launching our 7th annual, and 2nd virtual, Sandra Edwards Colloquium. Much has occurred since then—and I will highlight a few core activities. - Dr. Sherrilene Classen, OT Department Chair
With touches of Fall everywhere in North-Central Florida, we are reminded that this year is drawing to a rapid end— and what a year it was! Like you, the faculty, staff, students, and I have continued to stay focused on our committed path and brought -despite the challenges of this year -creativity, innovation, diligence, growth, and resilience to the Department. - Dr. Sherrilene Classen, OT Department Chair
With joy and delight, I am introducing you to our Department’s Summer 2021 Progress Notes Newsletter. The University of Florida’s Department of Occupational Therapy, a “hopping” place, has recently been recognized by our ACOTE on-site reviewers as a “unified” and “intentional” Department—and I could not agree more! - Dr. Sherrilene Classen, OT Department Chair
Exiting 2020 has brought me to the realization that all of us—consciously or unconsciously – has come to hit the “Control-Alt-Delete button” of our work and family lives as we knew it. Indeed the beginning of 2021 has afforded us with an opportunity to refresh, reset and reboot— personally, professionally, departmentally, and also societally! - Dr. Sherrilene Classen, OT Department Chair
2020 has been the year of the unthinkable. COVID 19 has taken the lives of more than 194,000 U.S. citizens as of this writing. Racial injustice was brought into every American home as we watched in horror the killing of George Floyd. And the effect of climate change is front and center as millions of acres burn in the Western United States. These occurrences are affording us with an opportunity to pause, reflect and make meaning. The question then is not why this is happening—but the burning question must be: what can we do to be part of a sustainable solution where we are living in greater coherence with ourselves, one another and the planet. - Dr. Sherrilene Classen, OT Department Chair
I invite you to learn more about our mission in our 2019-2020 UFOT Greater Good Report. This updated report celebrates our recent achievements and demonstrates our commitment in meeting the occupational needs of people, organizations and populations. - Dr. Sherrilene Classen, OT Department Chair
I am delighted to bring you the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of the UFOT Progress Notes: a publication to inform you of the incredible developments occurring in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida. I hope you will enjoy reading this newsletter, learn about the growth, expansion and progress in the Department and consider supporting the department in its progress towards preeminence. - Dr. Sherrilene Classen, OT Department Chair