The mission of the CMU Center for Driving Evaluation, Education & Research is to provide clinical services to evaluate cognitive fitness to drive, to provide education to improve driver safety, and to conduct research on driver safety.
The CMU Center for Driving Evaluation, Education, and Research (D.E.E.R. Center) was established in 2007 with a grant from the CMU Vision 2010 strategic plan. The long-term goal of the D.E.E.R. Center is to increase driving safety in Michigan by reducing the number of crashes involving older drivers and drivers with attention, neurological, and developmental disorders.
The D.E.E.R. Center is a part of the College of Humanities, Social, and Behavioral Sciences and a component of the Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education in the Herbert H. and Grace A Dow College of Health Professions.
The D.E.E.R. Center conducts evaluations of cognitive fitness to drive for older adults, persons who have suffered a brain injury or stoke and want to know if they can safely resume driving, persons who have neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, etc.), and young persons with attention, neurological, or developmental disorders. The D.E.E.R. Center requires a referral from a health care provider (physicians, therapists, optometrists and ophthalmologists, etc). The link to the referral form can be found on the Evaluations page.
The D.E.E.R. Center conduct research to assess the effectiveness of computer-based training to improve older driver safety. A related component is to provide graduate students in psychology, gerontology, and physical therapy with experience working with seniors and with clinical patients. More information about the D.E.E.R. Center education mission can be found on the Education page.
Finally, the D.E.E.R. Center conducts research on attention and driving in older adults and in persons with attention, neurological, or developmental disorders.