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.
UFOT hosts three training grants to prepare future researchers and scholar-practitioners to contribute to the field, including:
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.
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.
In partnership with University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and University of Southern California (USC)
Educates and trains future rehabilitation scientists.
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.