KIMBERLEY D. ADAMS

Position: 
Associate Professor with the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta (Canada)

Dr. Adams is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta (UofA), she collaborates closely with the I Can Centre for Assistive Technology at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Adams teaches the assistive technology content to the Departments of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Her research interests include using assistive robots for children with physical disabilities to engage in play and learning activities, improving transition outcomes of people who use augmentative and alternative communication systems, and improving the design of assistive robots and alternative input methods.

She completed her BSc in Electrical Engineering in 1987, her MSc in Electrical Engineering with a Biomedical Specialization in 1993, and her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences in 2011 at the University of Alberta. She has been a licensed Professional Engineer in Alberta since 1989 and has been a RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) certified Assistive Technology Practitioner since 1999. She is a past-RESNA board member and past-chair of RESNA's special interest group on internationally appropriate technology.

She has 20 years of clinical experience in the area of assistive technology and has worked in Scotland, Australia, United States, Peru and Canada in various service delivery models serving children and adults with a range of disabilities.