Dr. Morris currently works full-time as a researcher. She is founder and director of the Disability Equity Collaborative where her work focuses on provider and health care organization-level factors that negatively impact the quality of care delivered to patients with disabilities. Her work has been funded by the NIH and other key sources of support. She has published in major medical periodicals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and the journal Health Affairs. Dr. Morris has a Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, a Masters of Public Health degree, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Washington. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at Northwestern University and the Mayo Clinic in health services research. She has served as a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Colorado Medical School.
The following items were discussed in Part 1: her definition of the term ableism; meaning of the term structural ableism and how it is manifested in society; whether there can be a tendency for ableism to occur in conjunction with another kind of ism, such as racism; and how she developed an interest in focusing on the topic of ableism.
Akhila Veerubhotla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU-Grossman School of Medicine. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship jointly at the Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering at the Kessler Foundation and in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School. She has a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on using technology to help improve mobility, balance, and physical activity in individuals with neurological impairments. Her work primarily is focused toward individuals with stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.
The following items were discussed in Part 2: a Novel Core Strengthening Intervention for Improving Trunk Function, Balance and Mobility after a Stroke; variability in interventions may occur when therapists also provide assistance; risk of falls in individuals with traumatic brain injury; effectiveness of treadmills in conducting research that produces accurate measurements regarding falls; inclusion in studies of patients who have a communication disability as a result of a stroke; funding sources for studies involving technological devices in rehabilitation; role of artificial intelligence in rehabilitation research; and current studies underway or planned for the near future.