College’s R2D2 team makes strong showing at New Orleans conference

Posted on August 16, 2017
Jacqueline Love with her poster and student scientific paper competition check

Graduate student Jacqueline Love received an honorable mention in the Student Scientific Paper Competition.

In June, representatives from the College’s Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability (R2D2) Center attended the annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Conference in New Orleans.

The following R2D2 researchers, faculty and graduate students, along with their research partners, participated in numerous capacities at the conference.

  • Maysam Ardehali, doctoral student in Health Sciences
  • Susan Burns, PhD, OTR, postdoctoral Fellow at Medical University of South Dakota
  • Jacqueline M. Love, graduate student in Occupational Sciences and Technology
  • Rochelle Mendonca, PhD, assistant professor of instruction in Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University
  • Qussai Obiedat, doctoral student in Health Sciences
  • Noralyn Pickens, PhD, OT, professor and associate director at Texas Women’s University-Dallas & Denton
  • Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, professor, director for R2D2 and RESNA president
  • Nathan Spaeth, instrumentation technologist for R2D2
  • Dennis Tomashek, MS, associate researcher for R2D2
  • Drew Williams, doctoral student in Health Sciences at Marquette University

What is RESNA?

RESNA is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions.

Members of RESNA benefit in several ways including, gaining additional certification, continuing education, professional development and research opportunities, participation in the formation of public policy, sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of the field.

Professor Roger O. Smith, president of RESNA

Roger Smith has served as the president of RESNA since August, 2016. His major contributions to the field are primarily in the area of measurement and outcomes of assistive technology and accessibility interventions.

With more than 25 years of active teaching in the field, Smith continues his work with RESNA with a focus on interdisciplinary practice and with a major commitment on training the next generation of assistive technology practitioners and rehabilitation engineers.

At this year’s conference, Smith co-authored two presentations spearheaded by CHS students Jacqueline Love, Qussai Obiedat and Maysam Ardehali.

Smith also delivered remarks at the closing plenary session. His lecture, “Not So Mundane View of the Future of Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering,” was part of a tribute to Colin A. McLaurin, who was a prominent figure in the field.

Smith is also the most recent recipient of the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award, which recognizes an OT practitioner who has made substantial and lasting contributions to the profession through research, education and/or clinical practice.

The award was established as a memorial to Eleanor Clarke Slagle, one of the outstanding pioneers in the profession of OT.

Presentation of research

The following College researchers and students presented their research at several paper platform sessions.

  • Ardehali, M., Obiedat, Q. Introduction to EEG-BCI Neurofeedback Systems and Applications. Workshop at the 40th Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Burns, S., Mendonca, R., Pickens, N. Integrating a Participatory Design Approach: Developing HESTIA with Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Platform and Poster Presentations at the 40th Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Lenker, J., Smith, R.O., Koester, H. How Can We Get There From Here? Creating a National AT Outcomes System. Workshop at the 40th Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Love, J. Wording Matters: Identifying Students with a Disability in Postsecondary Education. Poster Presentation at the 40th Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Obiedat, Q., Ardehali, M. EEG Brain-Computer Interface as an Assistive Technology: Adaptive Control and Therapeutic Intervention. Platform and Poster Presentations at the 40th Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Regan, C., Williams, D. Developing an Accessible Archival Website. Platform and Poster Presentations at the 40th Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Tomashek, D. Smith, R.O., Spaeth, N. Access Ratings for Buildings: Use as a Learning Tool for Building Assessment Instruction. Platform and Poster Presentations at the 40th Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Tomashek, D. Measurement Approaches and Tools for the Accessibility of the Built Environment. Half Day Course at the 40th Annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America Conference, New Orleans, LA.

For her work on students with disabilities in post-secondary education (see above), graduate student Jaqueline Love received an honorable mention in the Student Scientific Paper Competition.

Congratulations to all of the participants for their hard work and accomplishments.