On-Demand Webinar
RST CE logo

Visit us at:
Facebook  Twitter


Complex Rehabilitation Technology Service Delivery and Clinical Assessment Research: What Happens Behind the Curtain

Program ID: ISSWS2021.04
Webinar Length of Time: 1 Hour

Click Here to view the presentation on Panopto



Research provides structure and guidance for an ever-changing service delivery and clinical landscape for CRT provision, but do you ever wonder “what are they really doing and how does it affect my practice”? This webinar will provide insight into the plan, what actually happens, and how the plan changes for research related to service delivery and clinical practice in the CRT field. The panel will provide an inside look to the trials and tribulations of scoping and systematic reviews, challenges of development of a seating and mobility assessment index, unveil the mysterious world of CRT research, and identify opportunities for supplies, industry partners, clinicians, policy experts, and CRT users to participate and influence research in the field.


Carmen Digiovine, PhD, ATP/SMS, RET

Carmen is a rehabilitation engineer and clinical professor in the Occupational Therapy Division at The Ohio State University (OSU), as well as the inaugural Director of the Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology Certificate Program. He is the Director of Rehabilitation Science and Technology for the Assistive Technology Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. His areas of scholarly interest include assistive technology, rehabilitation engineering, implementation science, and education. Finally, Dr. DiGiovine is the president-elect of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).

Ana Allegretti, PhD, OTR, ATP

Ana is currently an associate professor at the Department of Occupational Therapy, UT Health in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Allegretti has more than 15 years of experience in the field of seating and mobility, is currently the vice chair of RESNA International Sig and is the chair of the Outcomes Measures initiative under the International SIG.

Matt Berwick, MA

Matt currently serves as the Program Manager, Disability Accommodations in Clinical Services for the UPMC Health System in the Disabilities Resource Center and teaches part-time at the University of Pittsburgh. Matthew has worked in the area of disability services for almost a decade, serving on local, state and national boards for people with disabilities. Matthew also currently serves as the President of the United Spinal Association of Western Pennsylvania.

Emma Smith, PhD, OT, ATP/SMS

Emma is a Research Fellow at the Assisting Living and Learning Institute in Maynooth, Ireland. Emma's research is focused on promoting inclusion and access to rights for persons with disabilities through the development of innovative assistive technology policy and ecosystem development. Emma's work is global in scope, although she currently works primarily with partners throughout Africa.

Rachel Hibbs, DPT, NCS, ATP

is a Physical Therapist and Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. She provides clinical care at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at Mercy Hospital and the Center for Assistive Technology. Rachel’s current research includes work on a Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project on Healthcare and Disability, leading the sub-project “Development of the Seating and Mobility Index as an Assessment Classification Protocol for CRT.”

Recorded live October 29, 2021

CEU Registration

This webinar is presented as part of a Kickoff Series in preparation for the 37th annual International Seating Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA. Thus, CEU credits are offered for free. If you enjoyed this presentation, we encourage you to visit The ISS Website to learn more about the symposium.

Instructions to obtain CEUs:

To obtain CEUs, follow the instructions below after viewing the presentation.

  1. Log in at www.rstce.org. If you do not have an account, click "Create New Profile" to make one.
  2. After logging in, select "2021 ISS Webinar Series"
  3. Select this webinar and complete the attestation
  4. Complete your registration using the CEU code provided at the end of the session

You will then receive your CEU certifcate via email. Processing may take up to 10 minutes between the completion of your registration and the receipt of your certificate.

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.
The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions.

The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era.

Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University's mission. This policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in University programs and activities. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations. For information on University equal opportunity and affirmative action programs and complaint/grievance procedures, please contact: William A. Savage, Assistant to the Chancellor and Director of Affirmative Action (and Title IX and 504 Coordinator), Office of Affirmative Action, 901 William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, 412- 648-7860

Updated | 11.02.2021