Research for the Older Adult Driving Initiative (ROADI)

Project Director

Anne E. Dickerson

Dr. Anne Dickerson, professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, has been researching functional performance of older adults since early 1990's. When the American Occupational Therapy Association identified Older Adult Drivers as an emerging practice area in 2003, she began to focus on the functional performance of driving and has become one of the leading occupational therapy researchers and experts in this growing area.

Anne Dickerson attended the North Carolina Driver Instructor Training program. Currently, Dr. Dickerson is a member of the North Carolina Older Driver Safety Coalition, was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, is an instructor in the educational program CarFit, and collaborates with other researchers in this dynamic area.

Educational Background and Information: Anne Dickerson has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years, primarily teaching at universities and colleges. She has been at ECU since 1993 in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a degree in occupational therapy, has a master's degree in allied health education/health administration from Texas State University, and a master's degree and PhD in developmental psychology from Florida International University. She is editor of Occupational Therapy in Health Care and recognized nationally as a leader in education. She was awarded a fellow in the American Occupational Therapy Association and holds other honors from her professional organizations and university.

Other ECU researchers associated with ROADI

  • Leonard Trujillo
  • D. Mike Bradley
  • Jane Painter