Cognitive rehabilitation; Human motivation in rehabilitation and education contexts; Acquired brain injury; Adaptive sports and recreation.
Dr. Stavisky joined the Department of Rehabilitation Science at UB in spring 2021 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Prior to joining UB, Dr. Stavisky served as the Occupational Therapy Staff Developer and a Senior Occupational Therapist at the University of Rochester Medical Center. As an Occupational Therapist, he has extensive experience in the areas of physical disabilities and cognitive rehabilitation. Dr. Stavisky also has over 15 years of experience as a coach for the Rochester Rookies, an adaptive sports program based in Rochester, NY.
I believe that education is an important aspect of one’s human development. I believe that all individuals pursuing higher education are deserving of a quality education that prepares them to be successful members of our ever-changing local, national and global societies. I believe that learning can occur through myriad avenues and contexts; however, optimal learning occurs when the student is presented with a solid foundation of information, and then engaged with opportunities and lessons that build on that foundation with advanced, refined concepts and constructs. I believe that an inclusive learning environment is of utmost importance for the active participation of the student within the education process, and as teachers and institutions, we hold a high standard of responsibility to promote and create inclusive learning contexts for our students.
My goal as a teacher is to effectively equip my students with knowledge and resources to be able to accomplish their life endeavors. My goal for my students is for them to develop a solid understanding of information so that they can apply that information in academic contexts, as well as clinical settings.
Dr. Stavisky currently teaches courses focused on cognitive rehabilitation, kinesiology, medical conditions, pain management, and orthotics and prosthetics.