Current Research Studies (Volunteers Needed)

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please contact the research coordinator listed for that particular clinical trial or complete the participation form to the right. The participation form will be forwarded to the program coordinator and you will be contacted by the appropriate person.

  

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Technologies - Facilitating user centered research: The Consumer Advisory Network [410]

Principal Investigator: Mike Jones, PhD

Study Description: The cornerstone of this project is an ongoing nationwide Survey of User Needs (SUN) on use and usability of wireless communications technology by people with disabilities. The results are used to educate the wireless industry and the general public in order to promote usability of accessible wireless devices and services for people of all ages and abilities. Additionally, we invite respondents to join our Consumer Advisory Network (CAN) whose members are periodically asked to participate in subsequent surveys, focus groups, and user testing of wireless technology.

To participate in this study, you must:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • people with any type of disability
  • all levels of impairment (from minimal to considerable)

Contact: Email John Morris, PhD, or call 404-367-1348.

 

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Technology (Wireless RERC) - Customer-driven usability assessment [414]

Principal Investigators: Mike Jones, PhD

Study Description: The cornerstone of this project is the creation and maintenance of a community website where readers can share information, post comments, and engage in dialogue about the use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities. In order to promote discussion and provide important information, the project team posts news items and commentary on a regular basis. Some of this material comes directly from user testing on wireless devices and services that the project team conducts with people with various disabilities. This user testing constitutes a key component of the project.

To participate in this study, you must: (these apply to the user testing only).

  • Age 18 and older
  • Some form of disability or limitation in physical or cognitive ability (vision, hearing, speaking, dexterity, mobility, cognition)

Contact: Email John Morris, PhD, or call 404-367-1348.

 

The use of wheelchairs, wheelchair cushions and other mobility assistive devices in everyday life [463]

Principal Investigator: Stephen Sprigle, PhD, PT, GIT/CATEA

Study Description: Understanding how wheelchairs and cushions are used is important for many reasons. Prescriptions can be improved, designs can reflect actual use and policy can be written to reflect use. This project will place sensors on your wheelchair and/or cushion for one week to monitor use.

To participate in this study, you must:

  • be 18 or older
  • use a wheelchair or other mobility assistive device.

Contact: Email Sharon Sonenblum, PhD, or call 404-385-0633.

 

Pressure relief behaviors and weight shifting activities in persons with SCI   [609]

Principle Investigators:  Sharon Eve Sonenblum, PhD, and Stephen Sprigle, PT, PhD

Study Description: This study seeks to determine whether pressure reliefs and weight shifts help protect the skin and prevent pressure ulcers. This project will measure all weight-shift activities, including pressure reliefs and other functional activities (reaches, leans) that are done in your wheelchair. Measurement will be done four times over a 12 month period. Afterward, we will see if there is a relationship between level of activity between people who experienced a pressure ulcer versus those that did not get a pressure ulcer. This is important information that helps us better understand pressure ulcer prevention that can be taught during skin education sessions.

To participate, you must:

  • Be diagnosed with an acute traumatic or non-traumatic spinal cord injury
  • Be between 18-65 years old
  • Be preparing for discharge or within 1 month of discharge
  • Use a manual wheelchair as your primary means of mobility

Contact: Email Marina Moldavskiy, or call 404-385-0633