Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Diane M. Collins, Ph.D., OT/L, completed her B.S. (1981) in occupational therapy from Wayne State University in Detroit, her M.A. (1990) in management from Webster University, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and her Ph.D. (2004) from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Collins has extensive clinical experience (20+ years) working with children and adult populations with physical and mental disabilities. She has received a VA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship and VA Post-Doctoral Disability Supplement award, and is currently conducting research on functional performance, quality of life and social participation of individuals with disabilities as an Assistant Professor and Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and the NSF’s Engineering Research Center titled “Quality of Life Technology.” Further, Dr. Collins teaches healthcare employees of the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center how to provide services to individuals with disabilities, training in disability sensitivity.
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"As a clinician and person with a disability, I recognize the limitations of today's technologies for the growing number of individuals with disabilities. By combining science from different fields, we can create more sophisticated technology - Quality of Life Technology - to address daily obstacles encountered by individuals with disabilities. The full participation of individuals with disabilities has been my goal, both in the clinic and in my research, and I am excited to be a part of this project to achieve this goal."