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PROJECT CAREER: Consultants

Assistive Technology Training Consultant: Dr. Marcia J. Scherer

Marcia J. Scherer, Ph.D., MPH, is a nationally recognized expert on matching assistive technology to individuals with disabilities, including people with TBI, to improve their physical and cognitive functioning. She has published a variety of peer-reviewed journal articles and books on assistive technologies (including CSTs) for individuals with disabilities. She received her doctorate and master's degrees in public health from the University of Rochester. Her National Science Foundation-sponsored dissertation research was titled Values in the Creation, Prescription, and Use of Technological Aids and Assistive Devices for People with Physical Disabilities. The results of this research became the foundation for the Matching Person and Technology Model and the assessment process.

Dr. Scherer has managed many research projects and research staff members. In 1997, she formed the Institute for Matching Person and Technology to enhance the quality of life of technology users through research, assessment, training, and consultation. The Institute has been involved in several NIDRR centers as the leadorganization on specific research and development projects. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, and the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Scherer is on the editorial board of Disability and Rehabilitation and edits the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.

 

Vocational Services Consultant: Mr. Joseph Cannelongo

Joseph Cannelongo, M.S., CRC, is the President of AdvoCare Group, Inc., a disability management company that provides managed care organization, vocational rehabilitation, claims administration, and expert opinions regarding individuals with disabilities. AdvoCare Group is URAC accredited and is recognized as a Best Place to Work by Business Insurance.

Mr. Cannelongo has a Master in Rehabilitation Administration degree from DePaul University and is a certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He has 40 years of experience in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation. He has worked in the public and private sectors serving clients in government sponsored programs, private insurance, and workers compensation -- and as an expert witness in personal injury litigation. Mr. Cannelongo has consulted to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, the Social Security Administration, and the U. S. Department of Labor on occupational information. He has chaired national professional organizations as well as multiple association panels on occupational information. He has presented both locally and nationally on issues pertaining to the field of vocational rehabilitation and disability management. Mr. Cannelongo has published numerous articles and book chapters on occupational information and disability.


External Evaluator: Dr. Brian T. McMahon

Brian T. McMahon, Ph.D., CRC, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology. Since 1997 he has been a full professor and is now Assistant Dean for Research at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the School of Allied Health Professions. Dr. McMahon developed 9 unique TBI programs at 5 levels of care for a large TBI rehabilitation company, and he continues to consult with TBI programs at VCU and the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Center in Richmond. He has co-edited 5 books and authored or co-authored more than 125 professional publications, mostly on matters of employment and disability. Dr. McMahon has developed a definitive career development tool for the MIND Alliance at Hunter College. This interactive website is used to promote the migration of students who have disabilities and are ethnic minority members into STEM careers.

Dr. McMahon has consulted to business and industry for 38 years regarding customer development, innovation, progressive HR practices, and positive ADA implementation. He is co-founder of the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering. Dr. McMahon is a fellow in the APA Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and a Distinguished Research Fellow of NIDRR. Dr. McMahon is past president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and a recipient of its Career Research Award. Other honors include teaching and achievement awards from the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Madison, VCU and Illinois Institute of Technology. As a person with a disability himself, Dr. McMahon brings consumer credibility and a personal understanding of the needs and concerns of Americans with disabilities to his external evaluator role.