News

  • Weiwei Li
    Weiwei joined the DPQoL laboratory in Fall 2022 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Kinesiology. She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Truman State University and her master’s degree in Occupational Science and Therapy from Grand Valley State University. Her research aims to analyze physical engagement as a behavioral… Read more: Weiwei Li
  • Lab Member Spotlight
    This Lab Member Spotlight is Gaby Trier. Gaby works as the lab coordinator and is graduating this upcoming May. We wish her the best of luck in the future! Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL DPQoL Involvement: Right now I am working on the FaMe study which is developing a wearable fall… Read more: Lab Member Spotlight
  • Cozad New Venture Challenge
    This semester the FaMe team got the opportunity to participate in the Cozad New Venture Challenge. The Cozad New Venture Challenge is a way to accelerate your startup idea, receive mentoring and compete for funding sources. The FaMe team worked hard all semester long and was able to present their… Read more: Cozad New Venture Challenge
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium
    On Thursday April 25th, two of our undergraduate research assistants presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations to both Grace and Maryanne! They have worked hard all semester and we are so proud of the work they have put in!
  • Sahel’s Latest Poster Presentation
    Here is one of our graduate students, Sahel, with her latest poster presentation! Sahel presented this poster on our latest paper coming out soon. Be on the look out for our new publications!
  • Congrats Sahel & Weiwei!
    Two of our DPQoL graduate students recently won awards! Sahel has won one of the two Kathleen M. Haywood Graduate Kinesiology Scholarship Fund awards. Established byDr. Kathleen Haywood, a retired professor in physical education, and internationally known scholar of motor development, this award is to support graduate students studying kinesiology or physical education. Weiwei… Read more: Congrats Sahel & Weiwei!
  • ADHD Transition to College
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR A RESEARCH STUDY Are you a student with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as a primary or secondary diagnosis? A study is underway that surveys students with disabilities to learn more about their disability identity development and perception of adaptation to college.… Read more: ADHD Transition to College
  • Latest Publication
    Check out our latest article on a study conducted by the DPQoL! This study examines best practices associated with fire preparedness among individuals who use a wheelchair or scooter to inform and facilitate fire preparedness education.
  • Congratulations Brenda and Sahel!
    Brenda and Sahel graduated with their Master degree while working in the DPQoL! We appreciate all that they did within the lab and wish them the best of luck for their future endeavors!
  • DPQoL Spotlight: Dr. Jaewon Kang
    About Jaewon: Hometown: Seoul, South Korea DPQoL Involvement: We’re using technology to support people with mobility disabilities. For example, we’re using digital home assistants like Amazon Alexa and smart devices to improve the lives of older adults with mobility disabilities. We’re also developing an app with Georgia Tech to detect… Read more: DPQoL Spotlight: Dr. Jaewon Kang
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) 2023 Conference
    On November 1, 2023, Dr. Jaewon Kang, a Postdoctoral Research Associate, delivered a research poster presentation at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) 2023 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The ACRM Annual Conference is renowned as the world’s largest interdisciplinary rehabilitation research event. Her presentation focused on the research project… Read more: American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) 2023 Conference
  • ASCIP Conference
    Dr. Rice and graduate student Weiwei Li presented at this year’s Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) Conference held in San Diego, California. Their noble mission of improving the health and well-being of individuals with spinal cord injuries/disabilities (SCI/D). The conference accomplishes this through advanced interdisciplinary education, fostering professional… Read more: ASCIP Conference
  • Summer 2023 Newsletter
    Welcome to the Disability, Participation, and Quality of Life (DPQoL) Newsletter!  This newsletter is your source for updates on the happenings associated with the DPQoL at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. 
  • Dr. Laura Rice and Sahel Moein at the PVA Conference
    Dr. Laura Rice, the director of the DPQoL lab, and her graduate student Sahel Moein presented the findings of their research at the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Summit and Expo in Orlando, Florida, on August 17, 2023. Their platform presentation concentrated on risk factors associated with fear of falling… Read more: Dr. Laura Rice and Sahel Moein at the PVA Conference
  • Congratulations Malaak Yeyha and Joe Monahan!
    Malaak graduated this summer with a Master’s of Public Health. She joined the DPQoL in the summer of 2022 and worked primarily on the FIND-Wheels project. Malaak is planning on attending medical school in the future with the hopes of becoming a well-rounded physician. Joe graduated this summer with a… Read more: Congratulations Malaak Yeyha and Joe Monahan!
  • Campus Recreation Disability Inclusion Training (CREDIT)
    The DPQOL is working on a program aimed at creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment in campus recreation spaces and programming for university students living with disabilities. This study is sponsored by the Campus Research Board and is being performed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.… Read more: Campus Recreation Disability Inclusion Training (CREDIT)
  • Fire Readiness (for) Wheelchair Users (FEW)
    The DPQOL is working to develop a fire safety and emergency preparedness education program for individuals living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) who use wheelchairs and/or scooters full time. Previous research indicates that only 60% of individuals living with SCI have a plan for emergency evacuation, and that individuals with… Read more: Fire Readiness (for) Wheelchair Users (FEW)
  • Individualized Reduction of Falls Intervention Program – Mobile Health Application (iROLL-O+)
    The DPQoL is working to develop a comprehensive fall prevention program for wheelchair and scooter users with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) using an innovative and interactive mobile application (iROLL-O+ app). The study is sponsored by Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and is performed by researchers at the University of Illinois at… Read more: Individualized Reduction of Falls Intervention Program – Mobile Health Application (iROLL-O+)
  • Fall Management in Wheelchair Users (FaMe)
    We are conducting a study with full wheelchair and scooter users 18 years old and older to examine the effectiveness of a fall detection device designed specifically for wheelchair and scooter users. Falls are a common occurrence among wheelchair and scooter users. Studies show that around 30-50% of wheelchair users… Read more: Fall Management in Wheelchair Users (FaMe)