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

Phone: (631) 444-3197

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, autism 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,"  and received NIH Funding for the 2015 "Converging Sciences Summit: Community Engagement and Population Health" at Stony Brook University.

Her recently published book:

Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice, and Decolonizing Disability
Editors: Block, P., Kasnitz, D., Nishida, A., Pollard, N.


EmpowerSCI (2012-Present):

VENTure (2012-Present): |

InDialog (Fall 2012). Humanities, Social Sciences and Human Evolution: Three Facets of the Same Enterprise:

Growing Up with MS (2008):

Project Shake It Up (2001-2005):