James A. Lenker

PhD, OTR/L, ATP

James A. Lenker

PhD, OTR/L, ATP
Associate Professor
Program Director, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology

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.

Contact Information

621 Kimball Tower

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6726

Fax: (716) 829-3217

lenker@buffalo.edu

Summary

James A. Lenker, PhD, OTR/L, ATP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science, and the Program Director for the Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Assistive & Rehabilitation Technology. Lenker earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering, with an emphasis in the area of Human Factors.

The title of Lenker's dissertation was: Functional and Psychosocial Impact of Computer-Based Assistive Technology Devices for Adults with Disabilities. His research includes collaboration with University at Buffalo faculty in the Departments of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning, and Communicative Disorders & Sciences, as well as the Center for Assistive Technology:

  • Co-Investigator, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Transportation (November 2013 - October 2018) to the University at Buffalo (Dr. Edward Steinfeld, PI) by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living & Rehabilitation Research in collaboration with Carnegie-Mellon University.
  • Co-Investigator, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design, a 5-year grant (November 2008 - October 2013) to the University at Buffalo (Dr. Edward Steinfeld, PI) by NIDRR in collaboration with the University of Toronto.
  • Consultant, Invotek, Inc. (Alma, AR), on a 1-year Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant to develop and test a software-hardware interface to support independent phone access and usage by people with physical disabilities.
  • Consultant, Vortant Technologies (Weaverville, NC), on a 2-year Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant to develop and evaluate software to support web usage by adults with vision impairment.

Education

  • PhD, Industrial Engineering, University at Buffalo (2005)
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, University at Buffalo (1997)
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Davis (1987)
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Davis (1984)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), Board of Directors