Burton Blatt Fellows

The Burton Blatt Institute provides opportunities for members of the Syracuse University community selected from different colleges and nominated by their respective SU deans to be Burton Blatt Fellows. The BBI Fellows program is for student and faculty participants to gain first hand experience with the interdisciplinary study and application of disability law and policy as it relates to the advancement of the social and economic independence of Americans with disabilities.

BBI Fellows are offered an opportunity to be directly involved in policy development, research, and analysis on a range of issues, including education, civil rights, technology, health care, housing, and employment. Fellows participate in seminars, writing opportunities, research grants, and other activities with University Professor and Chairman Peter Blanck, along with leaders who are involved daily in the interpretation, evaluation, and development of public policy related to persons with disabilities and their families. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with the BBI Syracuse, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta offices.

Visiting International Research Fellows

Montserrat Pereña Vicente
Professor of Law and Senior Researcher, King Juan Carlos University, Spain
Email: montserrat.perena@urjc.es

G. Anthony Giannoumis, Ph.D candidate
Visiting International Research Fellow – Norway

Paul Harpur, Ph.D.
Distinguished BBI International Fellow – Australia

Mizuki Hsu, B.S.
Visiting International Research Fellow – Japan

Donna-Marie McNamara
Visiting International Research Fellow – Ireland

Senior Fellows

Carol Armistead Grigsby, M.S.
BBI International Programs Senior Fellow

Debra Benko, M.A.
BBI International Programs Senior Fellow

Nienke Dosa, M.D., M.P.H.
Upstate Foundation Professor of Child Health Policy
Center for Development, Behavior, and Genetics
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Email: dosan@upstate.edu
Phone: 315-464-7561

Steven Estey, M.S.
Chair of International Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Independent consultant

Doug Kruse, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Ph.D. program in I.R.H.R. – School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University
Email: dkruse@rci.rutgers.edu
Phone: (732) 932-1744

Larry Logue, Ph.D.
Former Professor of History and Political Science at Misssissippi College
Email: lmlogue2@gmail.com
Phone: (769) 572-5282

Robert Olick, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University
Email: olickr@upstate.edu
Phone: (315) 464-8453

Gerard Quinn, S.J.D.
Professor, Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the NUI Galway School of Law
Email: gerard.quinnnuigalway.ie
Phone: 353 (0)91 524411, ext. 3014

Lisa Schur, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the School of Mangement and Labor Relations at Rutgers University
Email: lschur@rci.rutgers.edu
Phone: (732) 932-1743

Jutta Treviranus
OCAD University Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC)
Professor, Faculty of Design (Design)

Faculty Fellows

Katherine McDonald, Ph.D,
Assistant Professor – Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
Email: kemcdona@syr.edu


James Abbott, B.M.
Music Technology Administrator/Instructor, College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University
Email: jsabbott@syr.edu
Phone: (315) 443-4107

Jason Benetti, J.D.
Sports Announcer, Syracuse Chiefs
Associate Professor, Newhouse School of Public Communication
Email: jasonbenetti@gmail.com

Luis Columna, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Exercise Science Department at Syracuse University
E-mail: lcolumna@syr.edu

Alan Foley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Education at Syracuse University
Instructional Technology M.S. Program Coordinator
Email: afoley@syr.edu
Phone: (315) 443-5260
Curriculum Vita – PDF format (.pdf)

Michael Rotella
Associate Director, Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC)
Email: mbrotell@syr.edu

Elizabeth Tollar, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Speech-language Pathologist
Email: eatollar@syr.edu