Scientist at the Rehabilitation Outcomes Center of Excellence at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. She served on an Institute of Medicine committee tasked with developing an agenda for health outcomes research for elderly people and was a member of the Healthy People with Disabilities 2010 Work Group. With more than 60 publications, Dr. Andresen’s training and interests include health services research and chronic disease epidemiology. She has developed and taught graduate-level courses in disability and health. Her funded research includes topics in disability epidemiology, aging, and surveillance measures of health for use in policy and planning. Dr. Andresen is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the Academy for Health Services Research and Policy, the American College of Epidemiology, and the American Public Health Association.
Dudley S. Childress, Ph.D., is professor of biomedical engineering and of physical medicine and rehabilitation in the McCormick School of Engineering and the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He is director of the Northwestern University Rehabilitation Engineering Program and the Northwestern University Prosthetics Research Laboratory and executive director of the Northwestern University Prosthetics and Orthotics Education Program. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and served with the Committee on Assessing Rehabilitation Science and Engineering. Dr. Childress is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering and the Magnuson Award. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development and has been a member of the Advisory Board, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research of the National Institutes of Health and the National Research Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His research and development activities are concentrated in the areas of biomechanics; human walking; artificial limbs; ambulation aids; and rehabilitation engineering, which includes the design and development of modern technological systems for amputees and other disabled people.
Vicki A. Freedman, Ph.D., is professor of health systems and policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Public Health. Dr. Freedman is a demographer and chronic disease epidemiologist with expertise in disability measurement in older populations. She has published extensively on the topics of population aging, disability, and long-term care, including several widely publicized articles on trends in late-life functioning. Her current research emphasizes interventions for the promotion of late-life disability decline, the socioeconomic and the racial disparities and causes of late-life disability trends, and the role of assistive technol-