Faculty Research Interests

Our faculty members’ diverse research interests share the common goals of better understanding the manifestations of disease, injury and disability, and identifying optimal, theoretically-driven intervention strategies.

Susan E. Bennett.

627 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6719

Fax: (716) 829-3217

sbennett@buffalo.edu

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

Research Topics: Rehabilitation in MS as it relates to neuroplasticity and balance retraining.

Robert F. Burkard.

626 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6720

Fax: (716) 829-3217

rfb@buffalo.edu

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

Research Topics: Acoustic calibration (in particular, of transient stimuli), auditory electrophysiology (with a focus on auditory evoked potentials, including the effects of high stimulus rates and masking noise on the auditory brainstem response, and animal studies of the auditory steady-state response), vestibular/balance function/dysfunction, functional imaging and aging

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.

Douglas J. Frye.

525 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6725

Fax: (716) 829-3217

frye@buffalo.edu

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

Research Topics: Distance education and technology in health care

525 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6725

Fax: (716) 829-3217

frye@buffalo.edu

Deanna C. Hostler.

512 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6723

Fax: (716) 829-3217

dchostle@buffalo.edu

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

Research Topics: Firefighter health and safety, cardiac disease, activity in heart failure patients and acute care physical therapy.

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

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.

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

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

Juli Wylegala.

622 Kimball Tower

Phone: (716) 829-6745

Fax: (716) 829-3217

wylegala@buffalo.edu

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

Research Topics: Soft tissue injury/overuse, assessment and treatment.