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James A. Lenker, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science

Program Director, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Assistive & Rehabilitation Technology

Contact Information

621 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-829-6726
Fax: 716-829-3217

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Research Interests: outcomes research demonstrating the effectiveness of assistive technology devices and environmental interventions, usability testing of new assistive technology device products, and occupational ergonomics


Dr. Lenker is an Associate Professor in the Rehabilitation Science Department, and the Program Director for the Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Assistive & Rehabilitation Technology. Dr. Lenker earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering, with an emphasis in the area of Human Factors. The title of his 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 Engineering, Architecture, and Communicative Disorders & Sciences, as well as the Center for Assistive Technology. In addition, his active research includes several funded projects:

  • Co-Principal Investigator,  Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design in the Built Environment, a 5-year grant (November 2010 - October 2015) to the University at Buffalo (Dr. Edward Steinfeld, PI) by the National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research in collaboration with University of Toronto.
  • Co-Investigator, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation, a 5-year grant (November 2008 - October 2013) to the University at Buffalo (Dr. Edward Steinfeld, PI) by NIDRR in collaboration with Carnegie-Mellon University.
  • Consultant, Vortant Technologies (Weaverville, NC), on a 2-year Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant to develop a new computer-based assistive technology device.

Professional Affiliations

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