Kim Adams, PhD

Director, AT Lab

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine Research Appointment, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Contact: Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine University of Alberta 3-48 Corbett Hall Edmonton, AB CANADA T6G 2G4
Phone: 780.492.0309
Fax: 780.492.1626

Currently mentors students
Adams currently mentors two PhD students, one thesis-based MSc student, and two project-based MSc students.

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


  • 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

Teaching Responsibility

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.

Current Research

Adams' current research includes:

  • 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
  • Internationally appropriate assistive technology
    • Social media for assistive technology information dissemination and socialization
  • AT Clinical research with I Can Centre
    • The user's experience of AAC

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