Research Interests

Honors & Awards

  • Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award, University of Pittsburgh 2007
  • World Health Organization, World Report on Disability and Rehabilitation nine-member International Editorial Board 2006
  • Allegheny County Council 2004 Proclamation for Accomplishments in Disability Community 2006
  • Pennsylvania Senate Technology in Healthcare Working Group 2005
  • National Academy of Social Insurance (elected) 2005
  • Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Advisory Council (appointed by the Governor of the State of Pennsylvania 2004
  • Visiting Scientist, National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, Tokorozawa, Japan 2003
  • Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Advisory Committee for Persons Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing 2003
  • City-County Task Force on Disabilities, Pittsburgh/Allegheny County (appointment by Mayor of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Executive): Co-chair 2006-present 2003
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "People Who Made A Difference" for 2002 2002
  • Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson Technology Award - United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation 2002
  • World Bank Consultant - Disadvantaged Children and Children with Disabilities Study in Vietnam 2002
  • Commencement Address, Duquesne University, John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences 2001
  • Visiting Prince Fellow - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 2001
  • Distinguished Public Service Award - American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) 2000
  • Distinguished Service Award - National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers 2000
  • Gold Key Award - 77th Annual Meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) 2000
  • Leadership Award in Research and Training, Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology, American Psychology Association 2000
  • Service Award - Association of Academic Physiatrists 2000
  • Who's Who in Health Care and Medicine 2000
  • Disability Achievement Award - Disability Forum, American Public Health Association 1999
  • Honorary Fellow - Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) 1999
  • Special Communication Access Award - Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People 1998
  • Commencement Address, University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 1998
  • Co-Chair - Research Committee, Atlanta Paraolympic games 1996
  • Hall of Fame of the Alumni Association of Hunter College 1995
  • National Council on Disability Service Award 1992
  • Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Fellowship 1985
  • Assistantship - National Science Foundation 1975Fellowship - Resources for the Future 1974







University of Pittsburgh 2007 Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award

University of Pittsburgh 2007 Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award



















Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
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