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Kim Adams, PhD, PEng, ATP

Associate Professor

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.
  • Past-RESNA board member and past-chair of RESNA’s special interest group on internationally appropriate technology.
  • 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 the occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology departments in the Faculty of Rehabilitation at the University of Alberta.  In addition, she teaches REHAB 512 to the Masters in Rehabilitation Science program.