Rebecca Matter

Rebecca Matter
IDTR Director

I am the Project Analyst at the Center for Technology and Disability Studies within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington (UW), and Director for the International Program on Disability, Technology and Rehabilitation. I have 18 years of research, evaluation and project management experience, working primarily on projects that target individual with disabilities and chronic conditions. Current responsibilities include managing knowledge translation activities for the Americans with Disabilities Act Knowledge Translation Center and developing evidence-based information for the Aging with a Physical Disability Rehabilitation Research & Training Center.

As part of IDTR, I have organized three international events at UW that address disability, rehabilitation and technology within low and middle income countries, conducted research on the provision of wheelchairs in Zimbabwe and Namibia, and co-instructed a course in Brazil entitled Disability in Low Resourced Environments. In addition, I served as co-investigator on a World Health Organization funded project to conduct evidence reviews to inform Health-Related Rehabilitation Guidelines. 

I hold a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and am currently working on a doctorate in Public Health at the University of Cape Town focusing on access to assistive technology in Sub Saharan Africa.