Associate Professor andDepartment Chair
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program
Office Location: North C
Office Hours: By Appointment
Executive Certificate in Leadership and Management, University of Notre Dame
PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida
MOT, Duquesne University
BS, Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh
BS, Medical Technology, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Michael D. Justiss recently returned to Jacksonville after 30 years to develop the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program here at Jacksonville University. He has over 24 years of health professions experience with the last twelve years in academia. He received his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida with a Graduate Certificate and Minor in Gerontology from the Center for Gerontological Studies. He received his primary clinical training in Pittsburgh, PA with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University, and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Neuroscience and Medical Technology (ASCP) from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Justiss is recognized nationally and internationally for his cognitive aging, human factors and gerontechnology research with over 30 peer-reviewed publications and numerous conference presentations and workshops.
Dr. Justiss has numerous peer-reviewed publications and national/international conference presentations in cognitive aging, human factors and gerontechnology. Prior to assuming the role as Department Chair for Jacksonville University’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program, he served as Associate Director of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ (IUPUI) Transportation Active Safety Institute’s (TASI) Driving Simulator Laboratory and as Director of the Driving Safety and Rehabilitation Research Laboratory in the IU Department of OT. His recent human factors research investigated assessments for identify deficits in driving-related skills and driving performance (impaired and distracted driving); rehabilitation and intervention strategies to maintain driving independence (adaptive equipment and active safety technologies); and use of transportation alternatives when driving is no longer a safe option in order to maintain independent mobility and participation in society. Gerontechnology research is currently investigating smart-home monitoring and intervention applications to promote living in place for individuals with cognitive impairment.