Joseph M. Pellerito Jr., PhD, OTR/L
Joseph M. Pellerito Jr., PhD, OTR/L earned a Ph.D. in medical sociology at Wayne State University (WSU), a master’s degree in technology for physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy with a minor in sociology at Western Michigan University's Lee Honors College. He is a dedicated advocate for people with disabilities and their caregivers, with a career that spans nearly three decades and includes working as an administrator, scholar, professor, entrepreneur, and therapy practitioner. He has extensive experience and expertise in fundraising, grant writing, developing and managing graduate education programs in higher education, focus groups and strategic planning, program assessment, and professional and family caregiver education and training. Dr. Pellerito has held leadership and administrative positions in the private, academic, and public sectors, including the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) in the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), professor and department chair at WSU, vice president of development and consumer technology for iCan!, chief operating officer for Abilities Group LLC, and chief consultant and client advocate for HEROES NATION LC. He published the first textbook on driver rehabilitation and community mobility, is frequently invited to speak throughout North America on topics relevant to the disability community, and is planning to publish his sixth textbook in 2014.