Participate in Research!


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Our participants make it possible!

We are actively recruiting for a number of ongoing studies, with varying time commitments. Some studies include just one visit to our lab, while others involve multiple visits within a few months, or one or two visits per year over several years. Our participants are a valued and essential part of what we do as researchers; without the help of participants, it would be much more difficult to understand the needs of users with physical disabilities, and seek to improve assistive technology.

We are pleased to be able to offer these training interventions that have the potential to benefit those with mobility issues, or help those who may not have regular or reliable access to wheelchair training and wheelchair skill-building resources.

Please click the links below for more information about each project and to learn how you can participate!


Current Studies

Collaborative Power Mobility Innovative Learning OpporTunity (CoPILOT)

Many people who use a wheelchair require help getting around. This help is needed both indoors and outdoors. Being able to manage a wheelchair on one’s own is important for mobility and for taking part in daily activities. The purpose of this study is to evaluate feasibility and refine a wheelchair training program that is designed to improve wheelchair use in new power wheelchair users.

Self-Management for Amputees using Rehabilitation Technology (SMART)

This qualitative study will explore the rehabilitation education experiences and learning preferences of adults with lower limb amputation (LLA). The purpose of this study is to identify, through focus groups with patients and practitioners, the barriers and facilitators that affect participation in educational programs after LLA.

Feasibility of the Hip Instructional Prehabilitation Program for Enhanced Recovery (HIPPER)

Education for patients before total hip replacement surgery is important for improving medical outcomes, reducing discomfort and anxiety, and improving rehabilitation after surgery. We have created online educational modules, called HIPPER, to prepare adult patients for hip replacement surgery. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and outcomes of HIPPER compared to traditional in-person prehabilitation education.

Knee Education for Enhanced Delivery System (KNEEDS)

The purpose of this study is to investigate patient’s experiences and perceptions of education to prepare for knee replacement surgery, and to then make changes to the content and delivery of this education.

Assessing the Reliability of the AppleWatch Measuring Wheeling

Wearable technology that tracks users fitness has become very popular in recent years among the general population. Recently, the Apple Watch and PushTracker are two devices that include tracking capabilities of wheelchair strokes/pushes and rolling time, as well as user-customized movement goals. This study will determine if the Apple Watch and PushTracker devices reliably or accurately measure the number of wheelchair pushes that occur during wheeling during a variety of tasks such as straight line wheeling and timed distance wheeling.