Research

The University of Florida (UF) is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and the UF Department of Occupational Therapy (UFOT) is ranked 6th among public research universities for its graduate program. The UF Department of Occupational Therapy is housed in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, providing a rich environment for research collaborations. Research funding within the College is first among all similar colleges in North America with more than $6.8M in funding in recent years. Research funding in the OT Department is among the top in the United States. Researcher and PhD Student Profiles, Publications, Centers, the RTI Driving Simulator Lab, and the Rehabilitation Research Career Development initiatives are described in further detail on our website.

Scientific projects and scholarly activities have been funded by the following organizations:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of Defense
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • US Department of Education
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Centers, foundations and private industries
  • US Department of Justice
  • US Health Resources and Services Administration
  • US Veteran’s Administration
  • US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity

Faculty have also been awarded 1.3 million dollars in total funding from the FL Department of Transportation to conduct innovative research to improve safety and independence on the road and advance our understanding of the interaction between autonomous vehicle functions and drivers with medically at-risk conditions.

UFOT hosts three training grants to prepare future researchers and scholar-practitioners to contribute to the field, including:

  • US Department of Education funded INSPIRE: Interdisciplinary Related Services Personnel Preparation for Early Childhood
  • NIDILRR funded AART: Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Project
  • NIH K12 Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program (RRCD) (in partnership with UTMB and USC)

Faculty’s scholarship makes an impact at both the local and national level through funding from foundations and organizations including Paralyzed Veterans of America, the University of Florida Medical Guild, the American Automobile Association, and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Please refer to Researcher Profiles for more details on our research-related activities.