Senior Clinical Research Scientist
John Morris is a senior clinical research scientist and director of technology research and development programs at Shepherd Center, focusing on research and development of assistive and rehabilitation technology for people with all types of disability, and on user needs and usability of technology product and services. He leads several R&D projects for mobile software applications and clinical interventions based on mainstream consumer technology platforms. He directs several research projects focusing on user needs and usability for the LiveWell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function (LiveWell RERC). John currently serves as operations director for the LiveWell RERC, and is the director of the Accessibility User Research Collective (AURC), a partnership with Microsoft to engaged consumers in ongoing product development across the Microsoft portfolio. These projects have resulted in peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, regulatory filings, and training and education curricula. Additionally, I have serve as local PI for two collaborative projects with Kessler Foundation on clinical evaluation of caregiving skills and development of online training materials for paid caregivers of people with spinal cord injury. This cumulative experience has allowed me to develop skills in research design and analysis, assistive technology development and assessment, budgeting, inter-institutional collaboration, team building and project management. Prior to joining Shepherd Center, John worked for Oracle Corporation as a senior product development manager, designing and validating new and updated products and services, and was visiting assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. John has served in several leadership roles for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), including serving currently as chair of the Technology Networking Group.