• University Professor, BBI Chairman

    Photo Image of Peter BlanckPeter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D.
    Email : pblanck@syr.edu
    Phone : (315) 443-9703
    Dr. Blanck is University Professor at Syracuse University, which is the highest faculty rank granted to only eight prior individuals in the history of the University. He is Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.Read More
  • Senior Adviser

    Photo Image of Michael MorrisMichael Morris, J.D.
    Email : mmorris@ndi-inc.org
    Phone : (202) 296-2046
    Fax : (202) 296-2047
    Michael Morris has over 30 years of experience in research, knowledge translation, and system change activities advancing community participation and economic self-sufficiency for individuals across the full spectrum of disabilities.Read More
  • Senior Director of Research and Evaluation

    Photo Image of Meera AdyaMeera Adya, J.D., Ph.D.
    Email : madya@syr.edu
    Phone : (315) 443-7346
    Fax : (315) 443-9725
    Meera Adya, Ph.D., J.D., is the BBI Senior Director of Research and Evaluation and Affiliated Faculty in Psychology at Syracuse University and the Consortium for Culture and Medicine involving SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University, and Le Moyne College. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on identifying and remediating social problems through empirical exploration of the factors that affect decision-making and testing of efficacious remedies that fit within an existing legal framework. Dr. Adya earned her law degree and doctorate in social psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which is among the foremost interdisciplinary programs in psychology and law.Read More
  • Director of Operations & Business Manager

    Photo Image of Diana FooteDiana Foote,
    Email : dmfoote@syr.edu
    Phone : (315) 443-5915
    Fax : (315) 443-9725
    Diana joined the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University in 2008 managing BBI’s annual budget of approximately $6 million, including external grants and contracts, federally funded projects, and gifts and endowments. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations, she manages resources for current and future goals of BBI through the development single and multi-year projections, and monitoring budget status and financial reports.Read More
  • Director of Legal Research and Writing (on leave serving as the SU Interim ADA/503/504 Coordinator)

    Photo Image of William N. MyhillWilliam N. Myhill, M.Ed., J.D.
    Email : wmyhill@syr.edu
    Phone : (315) 443-1367
    Fax : (315) 443-9725
    William has worked in the fields of education and law over 25 years, collaborating with and providing services for diverse individuals with disability and cultural/linguistic differences through extensive research, teaching, and advocacy. He has a lifetime of personal experience with disability. Presently he has stepped out of his role at the Burton Blatt Institute to serve the University part-time in the  capacity of the Interim ADA/503/504 Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services. In this role, William coordinates University compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities. Additionally, he has joined SU Chancellor Syverud’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Disability Cultural Center’s Advisory Board.Read More
  • Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach

    Photo Image of Stephen KuusistoStephen Kuusisto, University Professor
    Email : sakuusis@syr.edu
    Stephen Kuusisto directs BBI’s Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach initiative. A University Professor at Syracuse he is the author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light, and Letters to Borges. His newest memoir, Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey is new from Simon & Schuster.Read More
  • Research Professor and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach

    Photo Image of Diane R. WienerDiane R. Wiener, Ph.D., M.S.W.
    Email : dwiener@syr.edu
    On January 1, 2019, Diane joined the Burton Blatt Institute as a Research Professor and as the Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach.  Diane served as Founding Director of the Syracuse University Disability Cultural Center, between October, 2011 and December, 2018.  Diane has extensive experience in teaching, group facilitation, advising, mentoring, and consulting.  She also has significant experience in program development and management, leadership, counseling, disability advocacy, assessment, and supervision.  Diane has worked closely with people with disabilities/disabled people in non-therapeutic and therapeutic contexts, in accordance with sociocultural models of disability, for many years.Read More