Research Aligned with Our Mission

Currently Funded Projects

Federal Funding

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) – Autism Research Program Clinical Translational Research Award

Assessing Heterogeneity of Treatment Response with Diffusion MRI Tractography in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

9/15/2021 – 6/30/2024
Principal Investigator: Bodison
Project ID: W81XWH-21-1-0594

Develop a conceptual model to assess heterogeneity in treatment response in children with ASD following a sensory enriched occupational therapy intervention.

Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

Barriers Facilitators of People with Disabilities in Accepting & Adopting Autonomous Shared Mobility Services

5/15/2021 – 8/15/2022
Principal Investigators: Classen & Sisiopiku
Co-Investigator: Mason

Understand persons with disabilities perceptions of autonomous vehicle technology before and after riding in an automated shuttle.

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

Driving Performance of People with Parkinson’s Disease via Autonomous Vehicles

9/01/2020 – 8/30/2023
Principal Investigator: Classen
Co-Investigator: Winter
Project ID: 90IFRE0035

We examine the “Driving Performance of People with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) via Autonomous Vehicles” to test the hypothesis that a decrease in the total number of driving errors made on the road may occur when drivers with PD drive with the autonomous vehicle technology in the “on “ or activated condition.

US Department of Defense (DOD)

Effectiveness of a Driving Intervention on Safe Community Mobility for Returning Combat Veterans

4/15/2015 – 4/14/2022
Principal Investigator: Classen
Co-Investigator: Winter
Project ID: W81XWH-15-1-0032

We are investigating the “Effectiveness of a Driving Intervention on Safe Community Mobility for Returning Combat Veterans” to determine if and how the intervention and control group benefitted in the real world (absence of traffic citations, violations and/or crashes) from these interventions.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Enabling Self-Reported Outcomes for Youth with Developmental Disabilities: The Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory – Patient Reported Outcome (PEDI-PRO) – Phase II

7/2/2020 – 6/30/2022
Principal Investigators: Kramer & multiple investigators
Project ID: 2R42HD090772-03A1

This project will build a clinically robust and psychometrically sound PEDI-PRO Assessment Software to address the gap in patient reported outcome measures for youth with developmental disabilities.

National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA)

Medical Marijuana Use and Driving Performance: A Test of Psychomotor Functioning in Adults 50 and Older

9/30/2020 – 8/31/2022
Principal Investigators: Ennis & Classen
Project ID: 1R21DA048067-01A1

Examine how medical marijuana use among adults 50 years and older with chronic/severe pain effects driving errors.

US Department of Transportation (DOT) and UF Transportation Institute

UF and UAB’s Phase 2 Demonstration Study: Developing a Model to Support Transportation System Decisions considering the Experiences of Drivers of all Age Groups with Autonomous Vehicle Technology

3/1/2020 – 12/31/2021
Principal Investigator: Classen
Project ID: AWD01573

Explore how adults’ age, sex, characteristics, and technology readiness influence their intention to use autonomous vehicle technology after riding in an autonomous shuttle.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Vocational Fit Assessment and Employment Status in People with Intellectual Disabilities

4/23/2019 – 3/31/2024
Principal Investigators: Kramer & multiple investigators
Project ID: 1R01HD092474-01A1

This project will quantify the reliability, validity, responsiveness, and clinical utility of the Vocational Fit Assessment with persons with intellectual disabilities participating in employment training in diverse special education and vocational rehabilitation settings.

Foundation Funding

American Occupational Therapy Foundation

Implementing 3-Step Workout for Life to Improve ADL Outcomes in Home Health

2020-2022
Principal Investigator: Liu

This implementation research project will examine facilitators, barriers, and clinical outcomes of 3-Step Workout for Life, a task-oriented resistance exercise program, to support the effect of home health skilled therapy on patients’ participation in daily activities.

State Funding

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

Aging Road User Information System 2020-2021

10/01/2020 – 9/30/2021
Principal Investigator: Mason
Project Coordinator: Winter

Enhance and maintain a website to inform older adults about transportation options in their local community and throughout Florida.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

Child Passenger Safety Seat Fitting Station Database and Mapping 2020-2021

10/01/2020 – 9/30/2021
Principal Investigator: Mason
Project Coordinator: Winter

Enhance and maintain a website to inform individuals about child safety seat fitting stations across Florida’s 67 counties.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

Safety and Mobility Benefits of Autonomous Ride Sharing Services Among Older Adults in five Florida Counties

Principal Investigator: Classen
Project ID: TEO-22-04

Better understand older adults perceptions of transportation before and after autonomous shuttle demonstration projects in 5 counties throughout Florida.

Other Funding

National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA)

Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development(ABCD) Study: Research Project Site at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

9/30/2015 – 3/31/2027
Co-Investigator: Bodison
Project ID: 2U01DA041048

This 10-year longitudinal study investigates the ways childhood experiences (sports, video games, social media, unhealthy sleep patterns, and smoking) interact with each other and with a child’s changing biology to affect brain development and social, behavioral, academic, health, and other outcomes in over 11,500 children across 22 sites in the United States.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Addressing Disparities

Evaluation of Telehealth Services on Mental Health Outcomes for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Principal Investigators: Kramer (co-PI)
Project ID: AD-2020C3-21087

This study will compare an in-person to a telemental health delivered crisis prevention program for youth and young adults with IDD on activity and participation outcomes including emergency service use and perceived quality of care.

National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA)

Health Brain and Child Development (HBCD) Study: Research Project Site at the University of Florida

9/30/2021 – 6/30/2026
Co-Investigator: Bodison
Project ID: U01 DA055358-01

This project uses an innovative set of neuroimaging (MRI, EEG) measures complemented by an extensive battery of behavioral, physiological, and
psychological tools, and biospecimens to understand neurodevelopmental trajectories in a sample of 7,500 mothers and infants enrolled at 24 sites across the United States.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Preparing Individuals with IDD for Engagement in Research During Public Health Emergencies and Disasters

7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021
Principal Investigators: Kramer (co-lead)
Project ID: EAIN-00109

This project developed the necessary infrastructure needed to engage individuals with intellectual and developmental in rapid response research during public health emergencies.

North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System

Promoting Veteran Centric Rural Transportation Options via Automated Shuttle Exposure

7/1/2021 – 12/31/2022
Principal Investigator: Classen

Understand rural Veterans acceptance and perceived barriers of autonomous vehicle technology after riding in an autonomous shuttle operating in Downtown Gainesville.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Reconciling the Past & Changing the Future: Engaging young adults with IDD-MH and researchers in Comparative Effectiveness Research

2/2/2020 – 1/31/2022
Principal Investigators: Kramer (lead)
Project ID: 15364 – UF

This project will build the capacity of young adults with intellectual disability, their family members, and researchers to collaborate and produce research that is meaningful and relevant to young adults’ everyday lives.