Faculty

All prospective students must make contact and discuss research interests with at least one Rehabilitation Science faculty member who may be interested in mentoring a new student.

The following faculty in the Department of Rehabilitation Science are eligible to mentor PhD students.

Nadine M. Fisher.

30 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6724

Fax: (716) 829-3217

nfisher@buffalo.edu

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Rehabilitation Physiology Laboratory
Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Research Topics: Assessing physiological and functional limitations and developing exercise and rehabilitation programs for various disability groups, including osteoarthritis, juvenile arthritis, MS, post-polio syndrome, hemophilia and frail to well elderly.

Jeanne Langan.

522 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-2905

Fax: (716) 829-3217

jlangan@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Integrating neuroscience concepts into rehabilitation in chronic stages of stroke and cerebral palsy.

522 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-2905

Fax: (716) 829-3217

jlangan@buffalo.edu

James A. Lenker.

621 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6726

Fax: (716) 829-3217

lenker@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Program Director, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Community-based outcomes research in the areas of: computer-based assistive technology; wheeled mobility and seating; office ergonomics interventions; work conditioning programs; home modifications; complete streets. Evaluation of accessible public transportation systems. Usability testing to support development of new assistive technology device products.

621 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6726

Fax: (716) 829-3217

lenker@buffalo.edu

Vijaya Prakash Krishnan Muthaiah, PT, PhD.

633 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6290

Fax: (716) 829-3217

vijayapr@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Auditory/vestibular neurodegeneration in occupational hazards and neurotrauma such as blast induced traumatic brain injury and cerebrovascular accidents.

Patricia J. Ohtake.

630 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6732

Fax: (716) 829-3217

ohtake@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions
Assistant Vice President for Interprofessional Education
Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
Academic Health Center

Research Topics: Effective use of simulation-based learning experiences for the education of health professions students; interprofessional education and collaborative practice; acute and critical care physical therapist clinical practice.

Kirk Personius.

530 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6940

Fax: (716) 829-3217

kep7@buffalo.edu

Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Neuromuscular development and regeneration, animal models of neuromuscular disorders, and sarcopenia.

530 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6940

Fax: (716) 829-3217

kep7@buffalo.edu

Sharon Ray.

505 Kimball

Phone: (716) 829-6799

sray5@buffalo.edu

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions
sue ann sisto.

510 Kimball Tower

Fax: (716) 829-2609

suesisto@buffalo.edu

Chair
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions
Machiko R. Tomita.

623 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6740

Fax: (716) 829-3217

machikot@buffalo.edu

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

Research Topics: Fall and frailty prevention in older adults with a chronic illness, a past fall, Alzheimer's disease and/or cancer, often using technology. Caregivers of older adults are also her research interest.

Janice Tona.

526 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6741

Fax: (716) 829-3217

tona@buffalo.edu

Occupational Therapy Program Director
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Science
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Research Topics: Understanding the functional implications of neuropsychiatric disorders including Tourette Syndrome and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), and application of sensory tools to reduce disruptive behaviors in adolescence with psychosocial needs. Optimizing oral health for individuals with disabilities at home and in the dental office using sensory, motor, and behavioral interventions.

526 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6741

Fax: (716) 829-3217

tona@buffalo.edu