Our Research Staff

Stephen Fickas

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Computer Science Dept.
Deschutes Hall
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
office: (541) 346-3964
fax: (541) 346-5373
email: fickas@cs.uoregon.edu
url: http://www.cs.uoregon.edu/~fickas .

Stephen Fickas is a Full Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Oregon. Before joining the UofO, he was a research assistant at the Information Sciences Institute (USC). Professor Fickas leads the software engineering effort on the project. His research interest is in the area of requirements engineering. In particular, he is interested in a means of acquiring the requirements of a specific user in terms of tool assistance. As part of this project, he heads an effort to devise a "cyberevaluation", an assessment application that can "prescribe" an assistance-profile for a user.

Related to the cyberevaluation project, Professor Fickas is also interested in monitoring requirements over time. A prescription generated today can easily go out of date. The question is how to detect a no longer valid prescription. He heads a project to do "prescription monitoring".

McKay Moore Sohlberg

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fax:  541-346-6778
email:  mckay@oregon.uoregon.edu

Dr. Sohlberg is a nationally recognized leader in the field of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.  For the past 15 years she has worked as a clinician, researcher, and administrator in the development of programs to assist individuals with brain injury to reintegrate into the community at maximal levels of independence.  The types of intervention programs that she has developed and about which she has conducted research have become models adopted by rehabilitation centers throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.  Dr. Sohlberg also has a wealth of experience in teaching other professionals and assisting agencies to be more effective in their delivery of community reintegration services to persons with brain injury.

Dr. Sohlberg has been a Principal Investigator on two U.S. Department of Education projects.  One project involved the development, evaluation and dissemination of a model for schools to use to help students select and adopt compensatory cognitive systems following traumatic brain injury.  She also developed a model to form collaborative partnerships between rehabilitation therapists and families.  Dr. Sohlberg has published numerous articles, chapters, and manuals on managing cognitive impairments following neurogenic insult and is co-author of two leading textbooks in the field.  She is currently an associate professor in the communication disorders and sciences program at the University of Oregon.

Bonnie Todis

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99 West 10th Ave., Suite 370
Eugene, OR  97401
voice:  541-346-0595
fax:   541-346-0599
email:  bonniet@oregon.uoregon.edu

 Dr. Todis received extensive training in qualitative methodology in both the departments of Sociology and Special Education during her doctoral training at the University of Oregon.  She has conducted qualitative studies in several areas related to the integration of adults and children with disabilities in educational and community settings and has published the findings of these studies in books and refereed special education journals.  She was the Project Director of a recent qualitative research project sponsored by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) examining the issues related to student use of assistive technology in educational settings, co-directed two OSEP funded projects related to the education of students with TBI in integrated settings, and is currently the director of a five-year OSEP funded study of factors contributing to under-identification of individuals with TBI in public schools.  In each of these projects Dr. Todis has employed and is employing PAR approaches and qualitative methodologies similar to those that will be used in the proposed project.  Dr. Todis will adjust her FTE on currently funded projects to allow her to commit the allocated FTE to the proposed project.