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James Lenker, Ph.D, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Associate Professor, Department Rehabilitation Sciences Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology, University at Buffalo
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Bio

Dr. Lenker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo, where he teaches in the Occupational Therapy program and directs the Graduate Certificate Program in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology. He received his B.S. (1984) and M.S. (1897) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and his B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University at Buffalo in 1997. In 2005, Dr. Lenker received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University at Buffalo with a dissertation entitled Functional and Psychosocial Impact of Computer-Based Assistive Technology Devices for Adults with Disabilities.

Dr. Lenker's extensive research experience includes several projects that bridge engineering and technology to the fields of universal design and occupational therapy. At the IDEA Center, Dr. Lenker has directed research projects for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Universal Design, as well as the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation (RERC-APT). His current UD research focuses on 3 areas: (a) outcomes research associated with home modifications, (b) best practice strategies for implementation of Complete Streets projects, and (c) evaluation of consumer product usability for adults with disabilities. In the area of accessible public transportation, Dr. Lenker's research focuses on boarding and disembarking transit buses. He has extensive publishing experience with peer-reviewed conference papers and journal articles, presents regularly at the RESNA and AOTA conferences, and he has been an invited presenter at several research institutions throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, he has created and taught numerous courses at the University at Buffalo in the occupational therapy program.

Dr. Lenker is a member of RESNA and the American Occupational Therapy Association. He was named to AOTA's Roster of Fellows in 2012.

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