Alex Mihailidis, Ph.D., P.Eng. is the Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology at the University of Toronto and Toronto Rehab Institute. He is also the Graduate Coordinator for the Clinical Engineering Program. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, with a cross appointment in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He has been conducting research in the field of pervasive computing and intelligent systems in rehabilitation and health for the past 15 years, and has published over 150 journal papers, conference papers, and abstracts. He has specifically focused on the development of intelligent home systems for elder care and wellness, technology for children with autism, and adaptive tools for nurses and clinical applications. He currently holds several major research grants from internationally recognized funding agencies to support this work (including the Canadian and American Alzheimer's Associations, NSERC, and CIHR). Dr. Mihailidis has also co-edited two books: “Pervasive Computing in Healthcare” (CRC Press), and “Technology and Aging” (IOS Press), which is a result of serving as conference chair for the 2nd International Conference on Technology and Aging.
Ray Grott, MA, ATP, RET is the Director and Head Technologist of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (RET) Project at San Francisco State University. He has over 20 years of experience working directly with hundreds of people with a wide range of disabilities and is nationally known for his unique equipment modifications and custom design work for workers, students, and parents with disabilities. Grott has taught classes in assistive technology at San Francisco State University since 1992 and has made numerous formal presentations, led workshops, and taught conference courses on various aspects of AT. He has previously served as RESNA Board Secretary and Chair of the Membership and Meetings Committees. He has been honored with RESNA’s Mentor, Distinguished Service, and Fellow Awards and his program was presented with the W. F. Faulkes Award by the National Rehabilitation Association for "a contribution of national importance to the increase of knowledge in the field of rehabilitation."
Paul Schwartz is a rehabilitation engineer and the assistive technology manager for the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He provides job accommodations, ergonomics and computer access services to people with disabilities and injuries throughout the region, trains professionals on assistive technology and manages the Institute's team of assistive technologists. He is currently the Treasurer of RESNA and has served on the Finance Committee for several years. He has also served as the Vice-Chair of the Professional Standards Board and as the Chair of Job Accommodations Special Interest Group. He is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional, Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist and as a Professional Ergonomist. Schwartz received the RESNA Mentor Award in 2008 and the RESNA Fellow Award in 2011.
Jamie Arasz Prioli, ATP, is an Assistive Technology Specialist and Program Coordinator for the Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP), a program of Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology at Temple University. She is responsible for information, technical assistance, device demonstrations, and funding assistance related to assistive technology and AT reuse. Prioli also specializes in emergency management and assistive technology for people with functional needs. For over 20 years she has worked with individuals with various functional and access needs in home, school, work, and community settings. Prioli received her bachelor's degree from West Chester University.
Gerald "Jerry" Weisman, M.S.M.E, ATP, RET, is the owner and principal of Rehabilitation Technology Services, a rehabilitation engineering consulting firm. He was the Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Technology Program at Vermont Technical College. Weisman has been a rehabilitation engineer for 36 years and has worked as a service provider, researcher and educator. His previous positions include being the Assistant Director of the Vermont Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Low Back Pain, Director of Rehabilitation Engineering at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center and Clinical Engineer at the Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Engineering Center. Weisman has authored numerous papers and book chapters on rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology, and ergonomics.
Patricia Bahr, MS, RET, is the Senior Supervisor of Outreach Services and Rehabilitation Engineer at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN. Before coming to Gillette Children's, she worked as a rehabilitation engineer at the University of Iowa. Bahr's 24 years of experience includes work with augmentative/alternative communication, computer access, electronic aids to daily living, powered mobility, and vocational adaptations. She is currently involved in the coordination, development, and staffing of Gillette's Mobile Outreach efforts, which provides over 700 clinic days of specialty medical and assistive technology services throughout greater Minnesota per year. She also provides and coordinates assistive technology training to individuals and groups. Bahr has a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MS in Biomechanics from the University of Iowa. She was one of the first groups to be certified by RESNA as an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) and Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist (RET). In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, she co-chairs the ad hoc committee on assistive technology specialists in K-12 settings. Bahr has been a member of the State of Minnesota Assistive Technology Leadership Team since 2000. Awards include the "Community Award" from the Minnesota State Council on Disability and "The Star Program Assistive Technology Award for Excellence" as a leader in the area of Assistive Technology. She is the developer of the "Gentle Assist Pointing Mitten," and her article "Physical Access and Training to Use the iPad" was published in Closing the Gap Solutions, June/July 2012. Current assistive technology interests include augmentative and alternative communication, computer access, electronic aids to daily living, and rural service delivery.
A professional engineer with a Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering, Jennifer Boger is currently Research Manager at the Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab, University of Toronto / Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She has been an active member in the field of intelligent assistive technologies for enhancing the safety and independence of older adults and people with disabilities for a decade. In addition to the application of artificial intelligence to assistive technology, Boger’s interests include user-centred design and development, the advancement of zero-effort technologies, the elicitation and implementation of user preferences and privacy, and encouraging collaboration between the diverse spectrum of stakeholders in the field of ambient assistive technologies. Boger is an author on over 45 publications related to pervasive intelligent assistive technology, including co-editing a book on technology and aging, writing a monograph on zero effort technologies, and authoring an official position paper with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Besides RESNA, she is actively involved in the International Conference on Assistive Technology (ICTA), and is a member of a joint Canada/UK working group for Technology for Dementia. Examples of her research include: artificially intelligent systems that assist people with dementia and children with autism complete activities of daily living; a pervasive system for detecting and responding to emergencies in the home, such as falls; investigating the impact of product design and familiarity on product use by older adults with dementia; surveying the usage of high- and low-tech technologies by people with dementia and their caregivers living in the community; and an anti-collision and navigation system for powered wheelchairs.
Gerry Dickerson, ATP, CRTS is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, specializing in seating and wheeled mobility. As Vice President of Rehab Technology for Medstar Surgical in College Point, NY, he is responsible for the overall management and direction of the Rehab Technology department along with overall clinical responsibilities and outcomes. At Medstar, he has helped to create one of the most widely respected rehab technology companies servicing the greater New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Medstar’s expertise in seating and mobility, specialized fabrication, service and repair, along with more traditional durable medical equipment makes it one of the preeminent Rehab Tech/Home Health agencies in the Northeast. Dickerson is a frequent presenter at national conferences, where his knowledge of policy and funding, both in the state and national level, coupled with his clinical and product expertise make him a nationally known leader in assistive technology. In 2008 he was awarded the RESNA Fellow Award for his work in assistive technology and his profound commitment to the AT community as a whole, and in 2010 he was awarded the RESNA Distinguished Service Award for his ongoing commitment and service. In October 2011, while receiving the Dave T. Williams Advocacy Award, he was notified by Congressman Joseph Crowley (NY D7) that his years of work had finally resulted in the introduction of the Ensuring Access to Quality Rehabilitation Technology Act (HR4378). He continues to frequently visit Washington to lobby for the bill’s passage.
R. Lee Kirby is a Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His clinical work and laboratory are in the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre Site of the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. His primary research interest is the safety and performance of wheelchairs.
Dr. Koester has been a RESNA member since 1987 and was named a RESNA Fellow in 2012. She holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her primary focus has been as a researcher and developer in computer access and assistive technology outcomes. In 1995, she founded Koester Performance Research (KPR), with a mission of enhancing computer access for people with disabilities. KPR has developed Compass software for access assessment, as well as wizard software that lets Windows adapt to specific user needs. Prior to starting her own company, she was a clinical rehabilitation engineer at the University of Michigan.
Lauren Rosen, PT, MPT, MSMS, ATP/SMS is the Program Coordinator for the Motion Analysis Center at the St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She runs a three-dimensional motion analysis lab and a pediatric and adult Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Clinic. She is an author of five of the published RESNA Position Papers. She has been active in DME prescription for the past 17 years. She served as the Chair of the Wheeled Mobility and Seating Special Interest Group prior to her election to the Board of Directors.
My experience with various factions of RESNA and professional career at the University of Pittsburgh lends well to serving on the Board of Directors. I bring over 20 years of clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Professional which includes direct client services, program management, and program development. As an educator and advisor I have mentored people in their career development that included involvement in RESNA activities and certainly would use my role as a BOD member to continue to support people who want to get more involved. As a clinical researcher I understand well the need to bridge the bench to bedside gap and would continue to support RESNA as a mechanism for knowledge translation by supporting activities like the position papers and practice guidelines. I have also been involved in many advocacy activities on the local and national level therefore understand policy development and the legislative process. Finally, as a person with a disability and consumer of Assistive Technology I can share personal perspectives on issues brought to the board.
Dr. Simpson received a BS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 1992. At the University of Michigan he earned an MS in Bioengineering in 1994, an MS in Computer Science and Engineering in 1995, and a PhD in Bioengineering in 1997. Dr. Simpson was certified as an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) in 1997. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology (RST) where his job responsibilities include research, teaching courses, mentoring students and providing clinical computer access services at the Pitt Center for Assistive Technology (CAT). Dr. Simpson also serves as the Chair of RESNA's Research Committee.
Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA and RESNA Fellow is the Director of the R2D2 (Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability) Center at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Professor of Occupational Science and Technology within the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association as well as RESNA, with his major contributions to these fields primarily in the area of measurement and outcomes of assistive technology and accessibility interventions. Dr. Smith has been Principal Investigator or Director of more than 30 grant funded projects to develop and promote more effective measurement instruments to improve the documentation of outcomes in the field and to create new and better resource materials to support practice. He has led five national training projects to improve the skill level of assistive technology and universal design practitioners. Dr. Smith’s more than 25 years of active teaching in the field of assistive technology continues with a focus on interdisciplinary practice and with a major commitment on training the next generation of Assistive Technology Practitioners and Rehabilitation Engineers. Dr. Smith has authored many dozens of interdisciplinary publications on these topics and hundreds of national/international presentations and workshops to advance assistive technology and universal design. A key to Dr. Smith’s contributions to the field are his interdisciplinary backgrounds in psychology/communications, occupational therapy, and industrial engineering, which offer a broad perspective when tackling problems. In RESNA he has served as Chair of the Special Interest Group on outcomes and measurement, the Quality Assurance Committee during the early development phases of the RESNA certification processes, and the Ad Hoc Committee or Rehabilitation Engineering. He has also served on national level committees in the AOTA, including on the charter Special Interest Section standing committee on Technology and has been inducted into the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research.
Edward Steinfeld, Arch. is a registered architect and researcher with special interests in universal design, accessibility and design for the lifespan. At SUNY/Buffalo, he is a Professor of Architecture and Director of the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center). He is currently a Co-PI of the RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment and Co-PI of the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation. The IDEA Center operates a design service. The Center has completed over 400 designs of home modifications and new homes for people with disabilities and their families. He has published extensively and is co-editor of Measuring Enabling Environments and co-author of the recent books, "Inclusive Housing: a Pattern Book" and "Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments." In 2003 he received a Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and in 2010 he received the second annual President’s Award for Excellence from the University at Buffalo. In 2012 he was appointed to the rank of Distinguished SUNY Professor. He is a frequent consultant to government agencies, industry and attorneys. Current R&D activities include research on accessibility barriers in public transit systems, research on the anthropometry of wheeled mobility users, developing voluntary consensus standards for universal design and providing assistance to businesses to develop innovative universally design products.
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