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International expert on virtual environments visits Temple

Dr. Patrice Weiss to speak at Temple University

Dr. Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss, Ph.D., OT, head of the Laboratory for Innovations in Rehabilitation Technology (LIRT) at the University of Haifa, Israel, will be arriving at Temple University as the first Presidential Visiting Scholar. Invited by Emily Keshner, chair of the Physical Therapy Department, Weiss will facilitate a series of lectures with the Temple Community. Among those will be a Presidential Address entitled "Coping with Conflict: Technologies for Targeting Social Action and Rehabilitation Research."

This lecture is open to the public and scheduled for February 24th at 4 p.m. in the Kiva Auditorium (Ritter Annex.)

Weiss’ research centers on the development and evaluation of novel virtual environments, computer interfaces, and co-located technologies to explore their effect on motor and cognitive abilities and participation in community life.

"Prof. Patrice L. (Tamar) Weiss is one of the most forward thinking clinical scientists it has been my great pleasure to know and collaborate with,” said Keshner.  “Results of her research are having an impact on healthcare approaches for the medically underserved and socially disadvantaged in some of the most challenged environments of our world.

Dr. Weiss is also on the Academic Board for the Israel Center for Research Excellence: Learning in a NetworKed Society. In addition, she is the Research Lead at Gertner Institute ReAbilityOnline Tele-Rehabilitation Program. Weiss has authored more than 120 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

For the past five years she has joined forces with a team of researchers from Italy and the UK to enhance social interaction through story-telling and collaborative games among high-functioning children with autism.

Posted:  February 13, 2015