• Professor of Public Health, BBI Faculty Fellow

    Photo Image of Katherine McDonaldKatherine McDonald, PhD, FAAIDD
    Email : kemcdona@syr.edu
    Phone : (315) 443-5313
    Fax : (315) 443-9807
    Dr. Katherine (Katie) McDonald is a Professor of Public Health in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and a Faculty Fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. Dr. McDonald received her B.S. with Distinction in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in French from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Community and Prevention Research Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Read More
  • International Research Fellow

    Photo Image of Dr. Delia FerriDr. Delia Ferri, PhD., PGDHE, Attorney at Law (Avvocato – Italian Bar)
    Email : delia.ferri@nuim.ie
    Dr. Delia Ferri is a Lecturer in Law at Maynooth University Department of Law, where she lectures primarily in the fields of EU law and International and European Disability Law. She is a member of the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, and a fellow of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies. She coordinates, in conjunction with Prof. John O’Brennna, the Jean Monnet Summer School “EU and Human Rights in a Time of Crises” funded under the EU Erasmus+ Programme. Delia is an affiliated researcher at the Dirpolis Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) within the research cluster on social rights, social inclusion and disability. In addition, she is a qualified lawyer (Avvocato) member of the Italian Bar since 2008, currently enrolled in the Special Roll for full-time academics.Read More
  • Upstate Foundation Professor of Child Health Policy, BBI Senior Fellow

    Photo Image of Nienke DosaNienke Dosa, M.D., M.P.H.
    Email : dosan@upstate.edu
    Phone : (315) 464-7561
    Dr. Dosa is a pediatrician with board certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Her clinical practice is the care of children, adolescents, and young adults with spina bifida, cerebral palsy and vision impairment/blindness. Her academic work is focused on the development and evaluation of community-based models for developmental disability care, particularly as this relates to transition to adulthood and inclusive fitness.Read More
  • Chair of International Committee of the Council of Canadians with disabilities, Independent Consultant, Senior BBI Fellow

    Photo Image of Steve EsteySteve Estey, M.S.
    Steven Estey is a former Human Rights Officer at Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) a Canadian based NGO that has worked for over 30 years to advance the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities around the world. He is also the volunteer Chair of the International Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), and immediate past-vice Chair of CCDs National Council.Read More
  • BBI International Programs Senior Fellow

    Photo Image of Carol Armistead GrigsbyCarol Armistead Grigsby, M.S.
    Carol Grigsby joins BBI as a senior fellow and brings over three decades of experience in the international development field. Ms. Grigsby is an independent consultant focused on international education, inclusive development, and civil society. Ms. Grigsby currently serves on the global citizenship working group of the Learning Metrics Task Force, a project of the Brookings Institution's Center for Universal Education, and also on the Perkins International Advisory Board. As a senior executive with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Ms. Grigsby oversaw USAID programs in Africa, managed external partnerships, and shaped high-profile education and gender initiatives. Earlier in her career, Ms. Grigsby was responsible for USAID coordination with the World Bank and other international financial institutions, and served as a foreign policy adviser to the majority leader of the U.S. Senate. After retiring from USAID, she returned to represent the agency as part of an OECD/DAC team evaluation of France's aid programs.Read More
  • BBI International Programs Senior Fellow

    Photo Image of Debra BenkoDebra Benko, M.A.
    Debra Benko is a freelance writer/editor and consultant on disability rights issues. She has consulted as a legal researcher, writer, and editor of human rights law articles for BlueLaw International, LLP. She assisted with BlueLaw work performed in conjunction with the Harvard Project on Disability on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in domestic disability legislation. She served as a copy editor for three books for BlueLaw's publishing house client, including an international law textbook and a book on nation-building in Nicaragua.Read More
  • Visiting International Research Fellow

    Photo Image of G. Anthony GiannoumisG. Anthony Giannoumis, Ph.D candidate
    Email : gagian@hioa.no
    Norway disability researcher and advocate, G. Anthony Giannoumis, has been appointed a Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) Visiting International Research Fellow . Mr. Giannoumis will be instrumental to the research team at BBI on the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure - Automated Personalization Computing Project (GPII-APCP).Read More
  • Visiting International Research Fellow

    Photo Image of Mizuki HsuMizuki Hsu, B.S.
    Phone : (315) 443-7609
    Fax : (315) 443-9725
    Leading Japanese disability advocate, Mizuki Hsu, has been appointed a Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) Visiting Fellow during Fall 2015. Ms. Hsu will be in residence at BBI’s Syracuse offices to examine and partner with BBI staff on topics including employment of people with disabilities.Read More
  • BBI Senior Fellow

    Photo Image of Larry LogueLarry Logue, Ph.D.
    Email : lmlogue2@gmail.com
    Phone : (769) 572-5282
    Larry Logue comes to BBI from Mississippi College, where he was professor of history and political science. He received a doctorate in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Since winning the Francis and Emily Chipman Best First Book Award for A Sermon in the Desert: Belief and Behavior in Early St. George, Utah (University of Illinois Press), Dr. Logue has turned his interest to the experiences of soldiers and veterans of the Civil War. He is the author of To Appomattox and Beyond: The Civil War Soldier in War and Peace, (Ivan R. Dee), and co-editor with Michael Barton of The Civil War Soldier: A Historical Reader and The Civil War Veteran: A Historical Reader (both New York University Press).Read More
  • Summer Human Rights and Inclusive Development Fellow

    Photo Image of Lila MeadowsLila Meadows, MA in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Email : lmeadows2@gmail.com
    Lila Meadows will complete her law degree at the University of Maryland, Francis  King Carey School of Law in May 2015.  She holds an MHS in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has worked both domestically and internationally on the rights of persons with disabilities. She has focused primarily on mental health issues in the international community, working as a consultant on the organization of mental health services in a rape crisis center in South Africa and in prisons in Malawi as an advocate for the rights of inmates with mental and other illnesses. Lila worked domestically as a policy analyst and advocate for men and women returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with long term care needs and disabilities, primarily focusing on mental health issues, traumatic brain injury, and amputations. Lila is currently serving as legal advisor for St. Andrews Refugee Legal Aid Project in Cairo, Egypt, focusing on resettlement eligibility for refugees based on the effects of trauma experienced both in their country of origin and in Egypt. She is visiting student in the Department of Law at the American University Cairo during the spring 2014 semester. As a BBI Summer Fellow, Lila is working on a publication to appear in the AUC Cairo Paper Series that focuses on disability inclusive resettlement for displaced persons. She is also working with longtime BBI partner, NAS, a disabled peoples organization based in Cairo, working on disability rights throughout Egypt.Read More
  • Summer Human Rights and Inclusive Development Fellow

    Photo Image of William Aseka Oluchina William Aseka Oluchina , LLM candidate in the College of Law at Syracuse University
    Email : waoluchi@syr.edu
    William Oluchina is currently an LLM candidate in the College of Law at Syracuse University specliaisng in the human rights of persons with disabilities.  A law graduate of Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, he is a Fellow of Open Society Foundation Disability Rights Fellowship Program 2013/2014.Read More
  • Speech-language Pathologist, BBI Fellow

    Photo Image of Elizabeth TollarElizabeth Tollar, M.S., CCC-SLP, NY State licensed, ASHA certified
    Email : eatollar@syr.edu
    Beth Tollar, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a New York State licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in the area of augmentative communication.  She has more than fifteen years’ experience providing evaluations, treatments, trainings, and consultations with staff and families of children requiring augmentative communication and/or assistive technology.  Beth regularly consults with school districts across Central New York, and assists children with a variety of communication needs.  She has presented assistive technology workshops to area school districts, colleges, and parent support groups.Read More
  • BBI Senior Fellow

    Photo Image of Jutta TreviranusJutta Treviranus,
    Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto (http://idrc.ocadu.ca).  With its origins in the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, which she launched in 1993, Jutta has established the IDRC as a center of expertise in the inclusive design of emerging digital systems, networks and practices, with a special focus on education. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertise (http://inclusivedesign.ca).Read More
  • Visiting International Research Fellow

    Photo Image of Donna-Marie McNamaraDonna-Marie McNamara,
    Email : donnamarie.mcnamara8@mail.dcu.ie
    Donna-Marie McNamara, has been appointed a Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) Visiting Fellow during Fall 2016. Ms. McNamara will be in residence at BBI’s Syracuse offices to examine and partner with BBI staff on research looking at using the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a tool of law reform within the pre-trial criminal justice process and identifying obstacles in the criminal process for suspects with cognitive disabilities in light of the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.Read More
  • Associate Director, Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC)

    Michael Rotella,
    Email : mbrotell@syr.edu
    Michael Rotella is a Syracuse University alumnus, a disability blogger, and founder of a popular local media website. Prior to joining the GUDC, Michael worked with Mark Congel and Granite Development as an accessibility consultant on a major residential project. He provided insight and solutions for access and inclusion for people of all ability levels during this project's development and remains an advisor.Read More
  • Visiting International Research Fellow

    Photo Image of Aisling de PaorAisling de Paor,
    Email : aisling.depaor@dcu.ie
    Dr. Aisling de Paor, Lecturer in Law at Dublin City University and Honorary Fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (BBI), has been awarded a Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant to partner with BBI during June of 2018.Read More
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Photo Image of Ynesse Abdul-MalakYnesse Abdul-Malak, Ph.D.
    Email : yabdulma@syr.edu
    Dr. Ynesse Abdul-Malak was born in Haiti and immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. Dr. Abdul-Malak overcame overwhelming obstacles to become a first-generation college graduate. She obtained an AAS degree in nursing and practiced as a nurse in Staten Island, NY; therein after moving to Lebanon with her husband and family, Dr. Abdul-Malak obtained a BS in Environmental Health and a Master’s degree in Public Health at the American University of Beirut. She then moved to Syracuse and worked as a research scientist at Upstate Medical University. She then enrolled at Syracuse University and obtained a Master’s and PhD in Sociology. Read More