Disability research specialization
A research option for NAU students in the IH-PHD program
Disability research seeks to maximize the inclusion of persons with disabilities, in all aspects of life, across the lifespan. Persons with disabilities may face health challenges similar to persons without disabilities and/or health challenges unique or specific to a type of disability. In either situation, health status may impact the extent to which a person with a disability can fully engage in life activities. Examples of projects include studying interventions for diabetes management among persons with disabilities, examining the impact of virtual reality-assisted rehabilitation for patients with neurologic diagnoses, or designing protocols for improving patient care practices for women with disabilities. Faculty conducting research in these areas are drawn from CHHS and SBS, including the SBS Institute for Human Development (a designated University Center for Excellence in Disability) whose grant-funded projects are focused on issues of access, attitude, and inclusion.