UFOT Research Interdisciplinary. Innovative. impactful. Leading the Way Towards the Greater Good.

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. The college ranks ninth in NIH funding among accredited schools of public health at public universities. Research funding in the OT Department is among the top in the United States. Researcher and PhD student profiles, publications, research labs, centers, the RTI Driving Simulator Lab, and the Rehabilitation Research Career Development initiatives are described in further detail on our website.

Training Grants

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


Interdisciplinary Related Services Personnel Preparation for Early Childhood

Funded by US Department of Education

Trains University of Florida OT, PT, and SLP students to better serve young children with disabilities and high intensity needs.

photo of INSPIRE grant team


Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Project

Funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

In partnership with the Veterans Health Administration to train postdoctoral fellows in conducting high-quality, multidisciplinary disability policy research in the area of community living and participation for veterans with disabilities.

Zack Ahonle presents at the 96th Annual ACRM Conference 2019


NIH K12 Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program

In partnership with University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and University of Southern California (USC)

Educates and trains future rehabilitation scientists.

Dr. Angell photo

ReCent Projects

Through the lifespan

Providing a rich environment for research collaborations

Grip strength in children; driver experiences with autonomous vehicle technology; and co-occurring medical and behavioral conditions in girls and young women with autism spectrum disorder are a few of our recent projects.

Dr. Orit Shechtman and Marcia Schneider measure grip strength of a child.

Funding Organizations

Tripled Grant funding from 2017-2019

1.3 million Dollars in total funding from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

11 Funded OT PhD students in the Rehabilitation Science Doctoral (RSD) program