Meet the Steering Committee

Photo of Laura Quintana, Dave Fuller, Lori Altman, Mark Bishop, Jessica Kramer, Sherillene Classen, Susan Nittrouer, and Krista Vandenborne - The Rehabilitation Science Steering Committee

The Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program Steering Committee meets once a month to provide oversight of the program including admissions, awards, and credit transfers. We are grateful for the dedicated service of these outstanding rehabilitation scientists.

Laura Quintana, academic program specialist II, coordinates all aspects of the pre-and post-admission process, course registration, day-to-day running of the RSD program, and much more.  Thank you Laura for all that you do!

Dave Fuller, PhD, professor and director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program: Dr. Fuller’s research is focused on spinal cord injury, neuromuscular diseases, neuroplasticity and gene therapy.

Lori Altmann, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences: Dr. Altmann studies the interaction between cognitive ability and language use, with a focus on how disorders of executive function and working memory affect language production and comprehension.

Mark Bishop, PhD, associate professor and director of physical therapy education in the Department of Physical Therapy: Dr. Bishop’s research is focused on musculoskeletal pain, rehabilitation and neuroplasticity.

Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L, associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy: Dr. Kramer’s research focuses on youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  Among other aspects, she is developing community-based interventions that equip youth with I/DD and their families with the skills to identify and resolve environmental barriers to participation.

Sherrine Classen, Phd, professor and chair in the Department of Occupational Therapy: Dr. Sherrilene focuses on the assessment and intervention of medically-at-risk drivers through the lifespan via clinical, simulator, on-road and autonomous vehicle technology.

Susan Nittrouer, PhD, professor and department chair in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences: Dr. Nittouer studies how children learn to recover language structure from the acoustic speech signal.  

Krista Vandenborne, PT, PhD, distinguished professor and chair in the Department of Physical Therapy: Dr. Vandenborne’s research is focused on muscular dystrophy, MRI and clinical trials.