Anne Dickerson, PhD, OTR/L, SCDCM, FAOTA, FGSA, the Project Director of the ECU Older Adult Driver Initiative (ROADI), is a Professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She has been an occupational therapist for over 40 years and has a PhD in developmental psychology from Florida International University.
Dr. Dickerson is an international scholar in occupational therapy with older adults, aging drivers, interactive driving simulation, drivers with autism spectrum disorder, and driver rehabilitation. She was awarded ECU’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity in 2018, is a fellow of the America Occupational Therapy Association and Gerontological Society of America and has earned many other honors and awards. Dr. Dickerson is currently funded to implement A demonstration project promoting highway safety program guideline No. 13 in North Carolina from the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is project consultant on a AOTA/NHTSA project to expand occupational therapy driving rehabilitation services, and was funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic to expand older driver services with driving schools in North Carolina. Dr. Dickerson has also developed the Driving and Community Bootcamp for Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, an intensive program to promote mobility for those with high functioning autism.