Seminar Series

Join us the second Friday of each month for the Department of Rehabilitation Science faculty seminar series, held on UB's South Campus in Diefendorf Hall, room 148.

Adam Sheppard, AuD, PhD, and Robert Burkard, PhD

Fri., Sept. 10, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m.

Adam Sheppard, AuD, PhD
Assistant professor, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences 
UB College of Arts and Sciences

Robert Burkard, PhD 
Profeessor, Department of Rehabilitation Science  
UB School of Public Health and Health Profession

Seminar Topic
Threshold and Suprathreshold Measures of Hearing

Presentation Summary
Audiologic assessment has two main purposes: (1) The characterization of hearing ability for medico-legal reasons, and (2) Identification of communicative impairment followed up by (hopefully) remediation. In this presentation, we will briefly discuss established site-of-lesion audiologic tests, including both threshold and suprathreshold measured. For the last part of the presentation, we will discuss poorly understood auditory disorders that are seemingly undetectable by established site-of-lesion tests and future diagnostic directions. 

Christopher Radziwon, PhD

Fri., Oct. 8, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m.

Research assistant professor, Department of Medicine
UB Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Seminar Topic
Treating Chronic Pain with Behavioral Medicine

Presentation Summary
Radziwon will discuss the nature of chronic pain, how it differs from acute pain, the impact of chronic pain, and the role of psychological principles. He will describe the congitive-behavioral model of treatment demonstrating skills that are often beneficial and the utility of these strategies in managing pain that has not responded to standard treatments. 

Biographical Sketch
Christopher Radziwon is a psychologist in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and the Department of Rehab Medicine at ECMC. He works to develop and refine treatment manuals designed to help clinicains test and disseminate standardized interventions in order to consistently administer effective treatments. 

His research goals have focused on understanding the treatment response--to clarify how cognitive behavioral therapy CBT exerts its effects. 

In addition, he has more than 10 years of clinical experience assessing and treating patients struggling with chronic pain. His practice provides behavioral treatments for medical patients with chronic illness ranging from traumatic brain injury, migraines, low back pain and multiple sclerosis to irritable bowel syndrome. He believes the goal of behavioral counseling for chronic pain is less about lowering pain levels on a scale and more about helping patients develop strategies and skills that improve their quality of life. 

Jordana Maisel, PhD

Fri., Nov. 12, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m., UB's South Campus, Diefendorf Hall, room 148

Jordana Maisel, PhD.

Assistant professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Director of Research, IDEA Center
UB School Architecture and Planning

Seminar Topic
Advancing Inclusive Design: Linking Research to Practice

Presentation Summary
Rooted in a critique of designer-centric practice and embracing an ethic of social responsibility, inclusive design focuses on developing form from function to increase the usefulness and responsiveness of our physical world for a more diverse range of people. This presentation will provide an overview and working knowledge of the inclusive design paradigm. It will introduce related knowledge bases, how that knowledge gets translated to design practice, and best practice examples. 

Biographical Sketch
Jordana L. Maisel, PhD, is director of research at the IDEA Center and an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UB. She is PI/co-PI on numerous sponsored research projects and has led research in the areas of public transportation, inclusive design, street infrastructure, post occupancy evaluations, and accessible housing policy. Maisel co-authored The Goals of Universal Design. She earned her B.S. in human development from Cornell University, and her master's degree in urban planning and PhD in industrial and systems engineering from UB. 

Seminar held in-person, or watch Dr. Maisel's talk live-streamed via Zoom

Amy Martinez, Psy.D., CBIS, CBIST

Fri., Feb. 11, 2022 | 2 to 3 p.m., UB's South Campus, Diefendorf Hall, room 148

Assistant professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation
Director, Integrated Cognitive Rehabilitation Program
University of Rochester Medical Center

Seminar Topic
Intro to Cognitive Rehabilitation: Insights from a Neuropsychologist

Hallie Zeleznik, PT, DPT

Fri., March 11, 2022 | 2 to 3 p.m., UB's South Campus, Diefendorf Hall, room 148

Director of strategic initiatives and professional development
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

Seminar Topic
Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Survivors of Critical Illness

Ghazala Saleem, EdD, MS, OTR/L

Fri., April 08, 2022 | 2 to 3 p.m., UB's South Campus, Diefendorf Hall, room 148

Assistant professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science
UB School of Public Health and Health Professions

Seminar Topic
Brain Injury Behind Closed Doors: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Consequences