Dennis P. McCarthy, Ph.D.(University of Florida), Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy. Director, South Florida Community Mobility Research Lab.
Driving safety and community mobility options for the elderly and disabled.
Dennis McCarthy is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department at Florida International University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions and directs the South Florida Community Mobility Research Lab. Dr. McCarthy received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida, a Masters in education from Florida Atlantic University, and an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from Florida International University.
Dr. McCarthy’s research interests include enabling safe community mobility for seniors and the disabled, which includes screening and assessment of safe driving behaviors and performance, pedestrian safety, and the use of alternative forms of transportation, other than driving, that enable people to safely and effectively obtain needed goods and services and participate in favored activities.
Projects have included research on assessment and screening tools, effectiveness of driver remediation, effects of infrastructure, and travel habits and preferences of seniors. Project sponsors have included the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Florida Department of Transportation.