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Culture in the Curriculum: Biographies

Mary A. Matteliano, Ph.D., OTR/L, Cultural Competence Curriculum Coordinator

Mary A. Matteliano is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science. Ms. Matteliano has over 20 years of rehabilitation experience in the area of adult physical disabilities. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute rehabilitation, outpatient, home care, and long term care.

Courses that Ms. Matteliano currently teaches in the occupational therapy program include: Applied Neurophysiology, Physical Disabilities Practice, Functional Anatomy, Project Guidance, and Community–Based Practice.

Ms. Matteliano co–directed the study abroad program, Health in Brazil, in 2004 and again in 2006. Ms. Matteliano is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology. Her areas of research interest include the provision of culturally competent rehabilitation services, the use of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy with persons who have had stroke, community–based occupational therapy services, and access to health care for those from underserved groups.

Rosemary Lubinski, Ed.D.

Rosemary Lubinski is Professor of Speech–Language Pathology in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo. She received her graduate degrees from Columbia University and has taught at the University of Buffalo since 1976. Dr. Lubinski is a Fellow of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association and the author of over 40 articles and five texts including Dementia and Communication, Communication Technologies for the Elderly, Vision. Hearing and Speech, and three editions of Professional Issues in Speech–Language Pathology and Audiology. Her research interests include dementia and aphasia, and a recent grant from the Alzheimer's Society of Canada focused on developing the Perception of Communication Index for family caregivers. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. Dr. Lubinski teaches courses in adult aphasia, right hemisphere and trauma, diagnostics, professional issues, multicultural issues, and organization of hospitals and community agencies.

Karen J. Panzarella, PT, M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Karen Panzarella holds a bachelor's degree in physical therapy, a master's degree in exercise science and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology all from the University at Buffalo where she is a clinical professor and Director of Clinical Education for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. She instructs courses to physical therapy students in case management, professional development, motor development and pediatric physical therapy. She has more than fifteen years experience as a clinician and over ten years as an educator.

Her advanced degree in educational psychology produced her interest in mastery learning and performance assessment. Her research looks at the use of trained standardized patients to assess student's clinical competence, in particular their ability to integrate their basic science knowledge with clinical communication skills. Her work has focused upon analyzing the validity and reliability of a newly developed performance assessment tool the, "Integrated Standardized Patient Examination," the ISPE. Her long range goals include the continuation of this research in hopes of authenticating the ISPE as the performance tool to be included for national licensure of physical therapists in addition to the multiple–choice examination.

She strives to facilitate the transition between the academic and clinical environments promoting clinical and cultural competence through academic activities and research. Her clinical experience/interest is in pediatrics, adult neurological and orthopedic care.

Susan Nochajski, Ph.D., OTR/L

Dr. Nochajski is a faculty member in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and a member of the Graduate Faculty of the university. She has had over twenty years of clinical experience in occupational therapy working primarily with persons with developmental disabilities. Dr. Nochajski joined the OT faculty in 1995. Prior to this, she was the project coordinator for an interdisciplinary graduate program focusing on assistive technology for persons with developmental disabilities at the Center for Assistive Technology. She teaches graduate level courses on the impact of the physical and social environments on persons with disabilities.

Dr. Nochajski's current research interests focus on the various roles for occupational therapists in transition programs for students with disabilities and on the impact of assistive technology in maintaining functional independence in persons with developmental disabilities as they age. She is also interested in the clinical and research application of the ICF.

Gloria K. Lee, Ph.D., CRC

Dr. Gloria Lee is a faculty member of the Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology. She is an affiliated faculty member for both the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as for the Combined Doctorate in School/Counseling Psychology. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Kinesiology, a Master of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (Occupational Therapy Emphasis), and a Doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology.

Dr. Lee's clinical experiences include working with individuals with physical disabilities (chronic pain and chronic illnesses), psychological disabilities (depression) as well as substance abuse, mainly in terms of vocational rehabilitation and personal adjustment counseling.

Dr. Lee's research interests include psychosocial adjustment of individuals with chronic pain/chronic illnesses, and adjustment of caregivers of individuals with chronic pain/chronic illnesses. She is also one of the research consultants of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Research Consortium (ASDRC) where her research focuses are on assessment for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, as well as their caregivers' adjustments and mental wellness.

Dr. Lee teaches counseling theories, counseling techniques, vocational placement for people with disabilities, as well as several clinically–oriented classes (fieldwork and practicum).