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Center for Assistive Technology
University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

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CAT Staff & Affiliates


CAT Staff:


CAT MANAGEMENT
The CAT Program Office and the KT4TT Project Office are located off campus at 100 Sylvan Parkway, Suite 400, Amherst, NY 14228.

JOSEPH P. LANE, MBPA
Director of Center for Assistive Technology
KT4TT Principal Investigator
joelane@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 211
Mr. Lane is Director of CAT and PI for the national center on KT4TT.  As former PI for the RERC on Technology Transfer, he authored dozens of papers and invited presentations on assistive technology and technology transfer.  He was founded editor of the journal “Technology & Disability” and co-authored two textbooks:  "Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities (2nd Edition)", published by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and "Managing Information Systems", published by Jossey-Bass.  Mr. Lane holds a Master's Degree in Business and Public Administration (MBPA) from the University of California, Irvine.  

SUSAN ARNOLD
Business Manager for all CAT Programs
smarnold@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 200
Ms. Arnold is in charge of all administrative activity and director of dissemination for the KT4TT program.  She joined CAT as Business Manager in 2001. Ms. Arnold coordinates with the Director, personnel, and account management for the CAT program. Sue formerly served as Treasurer for UB/CAT Inc. For fifteen years she managed project activity for an Industry-University Cooperative Research Program.

CAT RESEARCH PROGRAM IN KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER  (KT4TT)

JAMES A. LEAHY, BS
KT4TT Co-Principal Investigator
jimleahy@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 201
Mr. Leahy leads the KT4TT Development Project 1 which operates a participatory-observation technology transfer program, in partnership with PI’s from other national centers, and product manufacturers from A/T and mainstream industries.  He served as Product Commercialization manager for fifteen years under the RERC on Technology Transfer.  Mr. Leahy held project management positions for Union Carbide and Bell Aerospace Textron for twenty years prior. 

VATHSALA IYENGAR STONE, MS, Ph.D.
KT4TT Co-Principal Investigator
vstone@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 210
Dr. Stone is leading the KT4TT’s Research Project 3 Intervention Program, which will test the contribution of Knowledge Translation methods to knowledge awareness and use among target users and organizations.  She serves as director of research design and internal program evaluation.  Under the T2RERC she provided consultation on methodology issues to project personnel, and manages consumer research data from national surveys.  Dr. Stone holds a Ph.D. degree in Educational Evaluation & Research Design from Florida State University, an MS in Science Education from North Carolina State University, 1971, a BEd in Physical Science & Math Education and a BS in Physical Science & Math, both from the University of Mysore, India.

JENNIFER FLAGG, BS
KT4TT Project Administrative Officer
jlflagg@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 209
Ms. Flagg is Project Manager for the KT4TT Research Project 1. This involves creating an integrated model for Technology Transfer and Knowledge Translation, and conducting a scoping review of all relevant literature related to the model.  Ms. Flagg holds a BS in Business Management and Marketing from the University at Buffalo.  Her interests include exploring methods and models of new product development, researching and writing SBIR grant proposals, and applying primary and secondary market research techniques to the development of products for people with disabilities.

MICHELLE LOCKETT, MBA
KT4TT Market Analyst
mlockett@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 203
Ms. Lockett is providing support to multiple projects within the KT4TT program, including instrument development and market research.  She holds a BA in Psychology from Ithaca College, NY and MBA from Canisius College, NY.  Ms. Lockett previously held  Market Research Analyst positions in media and food industries. 
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CAT CLIENT SERVICES (UB/CAT Inc.)
CAT Client Service is located off campus on 315 Alberta Drive, Suite 102 Amherst, NY 14226.

CHRISTINE R. ODDO, MS
Director,  CAT Client Service
coddo@buffalo.edu
716-836-0230

Ms. Oddo directs Client Service operations for children, adults, families and professionals.  This includes assistive technology services for the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the NYS Adult Career & Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), school districts and employers.  She is Project Director for the WNY Regional TRAID program operated by NYS and other sponsored projects and works with UB’s Office for Students with Disabilities.  Ms. Oddo has a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Buffalo with a concentration in assistive computer technology.

KIMBERLY NAUS, BBA, MS Ed
Program Coordinator, Client Services
ksnaus@buffalo.edu
716-836-1350
Ms. Naus coordinates the training services for the Center for Assistive Technology including individual and group training for consumers, school districts, counselors, and other service providers.  She provides AT services for the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) and VESID and is the Project Coordinator for the WNY TRAID program operated by New York State.  She coordinates AT development for pre-service students and professionals throughout New York State.  Ms Naus has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education, and has several years experience in the field of assistive technology. 

 

CAT DESIGN AND FABRICATION SHOP

JAMES L. PERON
Director, Design and Fabrication Shop
jimperon@buffalo.edu
716-829-6711
In 1996, Mr. Peron brought twenty four years of engineering and fabrication experience to UB’s Center for Assistive Technology (CAT). He currently directs the Center’s Design and Fabrication Shop at the University at Buffalo where he employs his specialized talents of working with many different materials. When Mr. Peron was part of the RERC of Aging at the Center, he was involved with designing a variety of products, such as Aids to Daily Living, to assist the elderly and those with disabilities. As part of the RERC on Technology Transfer and now the Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer, he has been instrumental in working with corporate product designers on successful projects for Fortune 500 companies (e.g. Black & Decker, Tupperware, White Rogers, and Whirlpool) as well as performing design and fabrication work for outside clients. In addition, Mr. Peron has been involved with the Research Institute on Addictions and UB’s Physical Therapy Department by building lab testing equipment.  He is a co-inventor on the patented Automated Pill Crusher (First Crush) licensed to First Wave Technology.   

CAT MEDIA & GRAPHICS SUPPORT

LAURIE YARNES, BS
Graphic Designer
lyarnes@buffalo.edu
716-204-8606 xt. 206
Ms. Yarnes provides media, graphic and desktop publishing support to all CAT projects.  Ms. Yarnes has a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Graphic Design from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and brought fifteen years of graphic design experience to CAT.
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