Our Faculty

Department of Rehabilitation Science

Child with crutches

Faculty study the practice and care that seeks to restore, improve or extend capabilities that people have lost or never fully developed, because of injury, disease, age or disability.

Kimberley Persons

534 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6734

Fax: (716) 829-3217

kpersons@buffalo.edu

Clinical Assistant Professor
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Occupational Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and educational methods for occupational therapy students.

Mary Ann Smith

624 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6728

Fax: (716) 829-3217

mmatte@buffalo.edu

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Access to health care for elders including foreign born elders and methods of rehabilitation across cultures.

624 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6728

Fax: (716) 829-3217

mmatte@buffalo.edu

Matthew R. Bonner

277 Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5385

Fax: (716) 829-2979

mrbonner@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Environmental and occupational epidemiology; cancer epidemiology; pesticides; air pollution; radon; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; phthalates.

Pavani Kalluri Ram
Research Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Child survival; handwashing; global health; diarrheal diseases; acute respiratory infections; infectious disease epidemiology.

Ying (Jessica) Cao

268H Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5369

Fax: (716) 829-2979

ycao25@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor, Division of Health Services Policy and Practice
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics/Projects: Health economics; behavioral economics; experimental economics; decision-making in health and healthcare; health services policy and practice; cost-benefit analysis. Projects involve economics of food and nutrition; consumer choices and household decisions on health service utilization and healthcare facility selection; and market demand for and effect of health insurance.

Jo L. Freudenheim

270D Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5375

Fax: (716) 829-2979

jfreuden@buffalo.edu

Chair
UB Distinguished Professor
Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics/Projects: Cancer epidemiology, using epidemiologic tools to understand carcinogenesis at the population, individual, tissue and molecular levels in order to better prevent and control the disease. Recent projects include a study in Western New York as well as one with collaborators at the University of Puerto Rico to study breast cancer among Puerto Rican women. The latter study is focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms for the increases in incidence seen there. The work in Puerto Rico includes an examination of early life diet and physical activity in breast cancer risk. With collaborators at The Ohio State University, she is also involved in a study of the biology of healthy breast tissues using tissues collected from reduction mammoplasties. Finally, she is also doing research comparing effects of electronic cigarettes and cigarettes to never use of both among healthy young people.

4/17/19

Area refugees joined UB faculty, staff and students and community members in discussing links between housing and health.

Sutanuka Bhattacharjya

Sutanuka Bhattacharjya, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

521 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6747

Email: sutanuka@buffalo.edu

Research Interests: global health, mHealth, pediatric rehabilitation