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Dr. Sandra M. Espín Tello is an Occupational Therapist (2009) with an MSc in Social Gerontology and an international Ph.D.in Health Sciences (2016), from University of Zaragoza (Spain). The topic of her doctoral thesis was ‘Influence of functional capacity on self-esteem in adults and young people with cerebral palsy’. She spent three months in 2015 as a Visiting Researcher at Newcastle University (United Kingdom) working in the ‘Study of Participation of Children with Cerebral Palsy Living in Europe’ (SPARCLE). From February 2018 to August 2019, she was working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, at the Participation, Environment, and Performance Laboratory (PEPL), in the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis (United States), providing support to the research study ‘Building capacity to improve community participation for people aging with long-term disability through evidence-based strategies’, among other duties. Since September 2019 she is working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Laboratory of Human-Computer Interaction for Special Needs – EGOKITUZ at University of the Basque Country (Spain).
Her main duties are: 1) examining the unmet need of assistive technology devices by adults with mobility impairments; 2) exploring the use of robots by children with severe physical impairment to assist them with the manipulation of objects in recreational activities, and its influence on their engagement and cognitive skills; 3) exploring the impact of immersive virtual reality on the psychological health and functionality of adults with spastic tetraparesis cerebral palsy; and 4) providing support to a research study focused on Web accessibility of e-government services for people with low vision.