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Kim Adams, PhD, PEng, ATP

Asst Professor/Rsch Affiliate

Rehabilitation Medicine

About Me


  • PhD – Rehabilitation Science, University of Alberta, 2011
  • MSc – Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Specialization, University of Alberta -1993
  • BSC – Electrical Engineering, Computing Specialization, University of Alberta – 1987


  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Alberta since 1989 and has been a RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) certified Assistive Technology Practitioner since 1999.
  • She is a past-RESNA board member and past-chair of RESNA’s special interest group on internationally appropriate technology.
  • She has 20 years of experience in the area of assistive technology and has worked in Scotland, Australia, United States, Peru, and Canada in various service delivery models serving children and adults with a range of disabilities.

Professional Interests

  • Use of assistive robots for children with physical disabilities to engage in play and learning activities
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Human factors engineering
  • Assistive technology design, development and evaluation


Children’s development of cognitive, linguistic, social and motor skills

  • Using robots for academics (numeracy)
  • Using robots for play
  • Using robots as a cognitive measure

Assistive technology development

  • Integrating robots with other assistive technology - E.g., alternative and augmentative communication devices
  • Development of virtual and physical robots
  • Interfaces with haptic feedback and machine learning

Internationally appropriate assistive technology

    • Social media for assistive technology information dissemination and socialization

    AT Clinical research with I Can Centre

    • The user experience of AAC


        Dr. Adams’ teaches the assistive technology content to occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology departments in the Faculty of Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta.

        Dr. Adams is available to mentor one additional MSc student with OT, PT, Psychology or Education background and is accepting applications.