Program Faculty and Staff

Director

Jamie L Pomeranz

Jamie L Pomeranz PhD, CRC, CLCP

Clinical Professor And Director, Social And Behavioral Science Public Health Program, Director Of Continuing Education And Certificate In Driver Rehabilitation Therapy Programs
Phone: (352) 273-6566

Jamie L. Pomeranz, Ph.D., CRC, CLCP is a Clinical Professor within the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Pomeranz has obtained three degrees from the University of Florida which include: Masters of Exercise and Sports Science, Masters of Health Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Life Care Planner and has worked with people with disabilities in multiple capacities for over 20 years. His clinical background includes working with individuals with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Pomeranz has been on faculty at the University of Florida since 2004 and his topics of research include: health promotion for people with disabilities and life care planning and modern measurement theory. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2005, Dr. Pomeranz developed 30 peer reviewed publications and two book chapters. Dr. Pomeranz currently serves on the PHHP Blended Learning Taskforce and is a past member of the collaboration task force and committee for promoting collaboration between public health and health professions. He has and continues to mentor multiple Ph.D and MPH graduate students from the public health program. He currently teaches within the Bachelors of Health Science undergraduate program and serves as the Advisor for the Pre-Public Health Concentration and the Honor’s Program Director within the Bachelors of Health Science Program. His courses include: Critical Issues in Public Health, Ethical and Legal Issues in Public Health and Health Professions, and Research Methods. Dr. Pomeranz has received funding from the Area Health Education Centers the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the Veteran’s Health Administration. His NIH project involves developing one of the first empirically-based tobacco cessation programs for people with disabilities. Finally, Dr. Pomeranz has received numerous awards including: Excellence in Research, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and the Public Health Award for Faculty Excellence.

Instructors

Sherrilene Classen

Sherrilene Classen PhD

Professor And Chair
Phone: (352) 273-6883

Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA is Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Florida (UF). Dr. Classen, an academic leader, is an internationally funded prevention-oriented rehabilitation scientist with expertise in fitness-to-drive issues in at-risk drivers through the lifespan with content expertise in clinical assessments, driving simulators, on-road assessments, and autonomous vehicles. She has established SmartDriverTM (2017), a clinical driver rehabilitation program at UF, and developed the 14-credit Post-Professional Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation Therapy—with UF being the sole university in the U.S. teaching this program. Dr. Classen applies a public health, rehabilitation science, and clinical perspective to illuminate the depth and breadth of driver rehabilitation as a specialty area. Since 2002, she has received competitive external funding (totaling >$10 million) from U.S. federal agencies, industry, foundations, state departments, and international agencies. She has (co)authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and special journal issues; is the editor of a handbook on driving simulation; and has presented over 310 papers at scientific conferences. Dr. Classen, a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Gerontological Society of America, an inductee to the Academy of Research, American Occupational Therapy Foundation, is the Chair of the National Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists Research Committee (2022-2024).

Beth A Gibson

Beth A Gibson OTR/L, CDRS

Clinical Lecturer, Manager And Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist: UF SmartDriver™ Rehab Services
Phone: (352) 273-6017

Beth Anderson Gibson, OTR/L, CDRS is a clinical lecturer in the Occupational Therapy Department, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida. She is the manager of the UF SmartDriver™ Rehab program which provides driver rehabilitation services to the community. She will be teaching in the Driver Rehabilitation Therapy certificate program. She is participating in driving related research initiatives through the Institute for Driving, Activity, Participation and Technology (I-DAPT). Ms. Gibson is a licensed and registered occupational therapist, certified driver rehabilitation specialist and driving instructor. She completed her BS in occupational therapy at the University of New Hampshire. Ms. Gibson has worked in driver rehabilitation for over 25 years providing comprehensive driver evaluations and training to clients across the age spectrum with an emphasis on low- and high-tech equipment. She currently serves on the professional development committee and the speakers bureau of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED). She is a former ADED executive board member and has been awarded for her volunteer service to that organization. She has provided continuing education presentations on driver rehabilitation topics including adaptive driving equipment and wheelchair/vehicle compatibility both locally and at national conferences such as ADED and RESNA. Her clinical practice experience includes SCI, TBI, MS, CVA, neuropathy, amputees, muscular dystrophies, MCI, dementia and young adults with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, ASD, ADHD, MID and learning disabilities. She has worked in inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, hospital outpatient and private practice settings in the Atlanta area and has provided driver rehab services in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and Alabama.

Miriam Monahan

Miriam Monahan OTD, OTR/L CDRS, LDI

Adjunct Scholar
Phone: (352) 273-6817

Dr. Miriam Monahan is an occupational therapist who has worked in the field of driver rehabilitation since 1998 as an educator and clinician, and is recognized for her clinical knowledge, intervention, and teaching skills in this area. She is a certified driver rehabilitation specialist (CDRS) and licensed driving school instructor (LDI). She has extensive experience with teen and novice drivers with special needs, drivers with neurological conditions, as well as senior drivers. She is well versed in adaptive equipment from low tech to high tech as well as van modifications. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Florida Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation Therapy Program, a consultant at SmartDriver, a business owner, and a practicing clinician. Her research and scholarly work focuses on assessment and interventions to assist drivers with neurological conditions.

Staff

Taylor E Atkins

Taylor E Atkins

Academic Assistant II
Phone: (352) 294-6874