New Occupational Therapy Chair to Join Rehabilitation Science Program

classen_croppedSherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, an internationally recognized scientist in rehabilitation, has been named the chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida. We are excited to announce that when she begins her UF post on January 2, 2017, she will also be joining the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Faculty.

Dr. Classen is coming to UF from the School of Occupational Therapy at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, where she served as a professor and director. In her research, Classen has focused on individuals’ fitness to drive, developing measurement tools, interventions and driving simulation programs for at-risk populations, including older adults, teens, adolescents with autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, returning combat veterans and people with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. She is the lead developer of the Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure, a free, online tool to help caregivers and family members identify drivers age 65 and older who may be at risk for driving problems.

You can read more about her research and experience here and here.

Welcome Dr. Classen!