Handbook for the Assessment of Driving Capacity

Handbook for the Assessment of Driving Capacity

1st Edition - September 2, 2008

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  • Editors: Maria Schultheis, John DeLuca, Douglas Chute
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925653
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780126312553

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This is a resource for professionals involved in determining the driving capacity of individuals with neurological involvement and or trauma. While much work has been completed in this new and growing field, this is the first attempt to bring together clinical work on assessing driving capacity for different clinical populations and conditions. Specific topics include, traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, normal aging, medications, retraining, interventions, medical conditions, legal issues, practical issues, assessment instruments, simulators, research and epidemiology. Each chapter will address clinically relevant issues specific to the clinical population. This comprehensive compilation of driving assessment of cognitively compromised populations is the first of its kind and Dr. Schultheis is regarded as a leader in the field.

Key Features

*The first definitive handbook about driving assessment of cognitively impaired populations, a growing area of research
*Addresses a myriad of clinical populations and conditions such as brain injured and elderly patients
*Written by nationally recognized leaders in their fields of expertise


Primary markets include neuopsychologists, neurologists, rehabilitation therapists, occupational therapists, physical medicine physicians. Secondary markets include: policy makers, legal experts, driver safety professionals concerned with driving competence of clinical populations.

Table of Contents

  • Part I: The Clinical Driving Assessment

    Chapter 1. On and off the Road Evaluations
    Agnes Agnelli

    Chapter 2. Driving Training and Adaptive Equipment
    Rich Nead

    Part II: Research on Driving

    Chapter 3. Human Factors and Motor Vehicle Collisions
    Philip Schatz and Frank Hillary

    Chapter 4. Driving and Traumatic Brain Injury
    Alan Hopewell

    Chapter 5. Driving and Stroke
    Maria T. Schultheis and Cassandra Fleksher

    Chapter 6. Driving and Dementia
    Gillian Fox

    Chapter 7. Driving and Neurological Disorders
    Jessica H. Kalmar and John DeLuca

    Chapter 8. Driving and Normal Aging
    Alan Hopewell

    Part III: Other Important Considerations

    Chapter 9. Driving and Medical Conditions/Medications
    Thomas Galski

    Chapter 10. Legal Issues and Considerations in Driving Assessment
    Thomas Galski and MaryAnn McDonald

    Chapter 11. Re-training and Intervention
    Rosamund Gianutsos

    Chapter 12. Future Directions for Driving Research
    Maria T. Schultheis

Product details

  • No. of pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: September 2, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925653
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780126312553

About the Editors

Maria Schultheis

Dr. Schultheis is a clinical neuropsychologist and an Associate Research Professor within the Department of Psychology and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University. Dr. Schulthies’ clinical and research experience have been focused on the rehabilitation of cognitively impaired populations, including studying the demands of driving. She has published numerous manuscripts, chapters and other publications and has presented her work at various international and national forums. She has received several awards including the 2007 Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 40: Clinical Neuropsychology).

Affiliations and Expertise

Drexel University, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

John DeLuca

John DeLuca, Ph.D. is the Director of Neuroscience Research at the Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation (KMRREC), a Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), and Neurosciences at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ-NJMS), and a licensed psychologist in the States of New Jersey and New York. Dr. DeLuca devotes 100% of his time to research, directing the Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Laboratory at KMRREC. He is currently studying disorders of memory and information processing in a variety of clinical populations including: Multiple Sclerosis, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Huntington's Disease, and TBI. Dr. DeLuca has published over 130 articles, abstracts and chapters in these areas. He served as the editor for the special issue of the Journal of Neurorehabilitation on multiple sclerosis. Dr. DeLuca is listed in Who is Who in Science and Engineering, 1994-1995. Dr. DeLuca is the recipient of early career awards for his research from both the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He is the Chairman of the Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee in the Department of PM&R at UMDNJ-NJMS and directs the post-doctoral fellowship program in Neuropsychology in the Department. Dr. DeLuca served on the National Task Force for Education, Credentialing, and Accreditation in Clinical Neuropsychologyfor the American Psychological Association. He currently serves on the Education Committee of the National Task Force on Assessment Issues and Testing Practices for the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation, West Orange, NJ, U.S.A.

Douglas Chute

Affiliations and Expertise

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.

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