Pamela Block, PhD

 

normal medium large
    Pamela Block

    Pamela Block, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy

    Associate Dean for Research, School of Health Technology and Management

    Director, Disabilities Studies Concentration, Ph.D. Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

    Stony Brook University 
    (631) 444-3197
    Pamela.Block@StonyBrook.edu

     

    Pamela Block CV


    Dr. Block is Associate Dean for Research in the School of Health Technology and Management, Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program, Director of the Concentration in Disability Studies for the Ph.D. Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, a former President of the Society for Disability Studies (2009-2010), and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. She is also affiliated with the Stony Brook University Department of Cultural Analysis and theory, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. Dr. Block received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University in 1997. Her dissertation was entitled "Biology, Culture and Cognitive Disability: Twentieth Century Professional Discourse in Brazil and the United States." She researches disability experience on individual, organizational and community levels, focusing on socio-environmental barriers, empowerment/capacity-building, and health promotion. Her qualitative research combines historical analyses with community-based ethnographic and participatory approaches. Dr. Block has studied multiple marginalization and the intersections of gender, race, poverty, and disability. She has taught in the areas of disability studies, assistive technology, foundations of OT, qualitative research design, human subjects research ethics, and grant writing. Most recently, Dr. Block has been involved in supporting disability social entrepreneurship through organizations such as EmpowerSCI – a nonprofit providing independent living skills and secondary rehabilitation to individuals with recent spinal cord injury, and VENTure – a policy and technology think tank on issues of concern to people who use ventilators. Dr. Block organized the NIH-funded strand of the Society for Disability Studies 2013 and 2014 meetings entitled "Translational Research in Disability Studies and the Health Sciences." She is currently working on a volume to be published in 2015 by Springer, Ltd. with co-editors Devva Kasnitz, Akemi Nishida and Nick Pollard entitled: Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice, and Decolonizing Disability.

    Links:

    EmpowerSCI (2012-Present): www.empowersci.org

    VENTure (2012-Present): coming soon!

    InDialog (Fall 2012). Humanities, Social Sciences and Human Evolution: Three Facets of the Same Enterprise: youtube.com/watch?v=AazBNrHBTYk

    Growing Up with MS (2008): http://vimeo.com/10062359

    Project Shake It Up (2001-2005): www.projectshakeitup.org