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Research


The faculty of the FIU Occupational Therapy Department continuously pursue original research and scholarship achievements in the field. We encourage you to review this section to get better acquainted with our research facilities, investigators, current projects, faculty publications and presentations.

Our Labs

  • Driving Simulation Laboratory: The Driving Simulation Laboratory at FIU will conduct interdisciplinary research on transportation and human factors to improve safety, considering the interaction among the driver, vehicle and surrounding environment.  FIU envisions the Laboratory to play a vital role in reducing fatalities and injuries particularly for youth, elder and Hispanic demographics with a regional, national and international impact.
  • Motor Performance Laboratory: One of the main questions that we are investigating in the Human Performance Laboratory is how we can explore, understand, and manipulate cognitive mapping of the brain of non-conscious memory using repetition priming paradigm through motor behavior analyses. We share a state-of-the-art motion analysis system with the FIU Physical Therapy Department, where our students engage in research to generate evidence that support occupational therapy practice.
  • ADL Laboratory: The Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Laboratory at FIU provides a dedicated space within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to facilitate the learning and practice of occupational therapy intervention and techniques. The laboratory is equipped with
    • Rehabilitation machines like BTE machines
    • ADL equipment
    • Assistive technology material
    • High/low tables
    • Splinting equipments
    • Mobility devices
    • And more…

The students use this lab in their classes to practice techniques for practice assessments, utilization of resources, testing, studying, and mentoring.

  • Pediatric Laboratory: The Pediatric Laboratory at FIU provides a dedicated space within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to facilitate the learning and practice of occupational therapy intervention and techniques with the pediatric population. The laboratory is equipped with a number of sensory motor equipment including therapy pool, swings, wheel chairs, etc. The lab is used to prepare our master level students in the field of occupational therapy in the areas of assessment, intervention planning, and treatment of the young pediatric client.