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Patricia Moore

Patricia A Moore
MooreDesign Associates LLC

Moore is an internationally renowned gerontologist and designer, serving as a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements. For a period of three years (1979-1982), in an exceptional and daring experiment, Moore traveled throughout the United States and Canada disguised as women more than eighty years of age. With her body altered to simulate the normal sensory changes associated with aging, she was able to respond to people, products, and environments as an elder.

Her broad range of experience includes Communication Design, Research, Product Development and Design, Environmental Design, Package Design, Transportation Design, Market Analysis, and Product Positioning. Clients include: AT&T, Baxter Healthcare, Bell Communication, Beverly Enterprises, BOEING, Canadair, CARF International, Citibank, Corning Glass, General Electric, GTE, Hill-Rom, Herman Miller Healthcare, Honolulu Light Rail, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Wax, Kimberly Clark, Kaiser Permanente, Kraft General Foods, LOrad, NASA, Norelco NA, Merck, Sharp and Dohme, Manor Care, Marriott, Maytag, Monsanto, OXO, Pfizer, Playtex, Procter & Gamble, Searle Laboratories, Seoul Design City Project, Sky Train [Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport], Sunbeam, 3M, Valley Metro [Phoenix] Rail, Walgreen’s and Whirlpool.

Moore is a frequent international lecturer, media guest, author of numerous articles; the books DISGUISED: A True Story, The Business of Aging [2013], and OUCH! Why Bad Design Hurts [in works]. She is co-author of the American National Standards Committee on Anthropometry, served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Harrington Arthritis Research Center, the Herberger Center for Design Excellence at Arizona State University, the Advisory Board of CARF [Certifying Association of Rehabilitation Facilities], and The American Occupational Therapy Association Foundation.

Moore holds undergraduate degrees in Industrial & Environmental and Communication Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Awarded "Alumna of the Year" 1984), completion of Advanced Studies in Biomechanics at New York University’s Medical School & Rusk Institute graduate degrees in Psychology and Counseling & in Human Development (Social Gerontology) from Columbia University.

She was selected for the 1996 Community Service Award of the American Rehabilitation Association, for advancing independence and quality of life with environmental design, the American Hospital Association’s 1996 NOVA Award for the "Family Road" Care Centers, holistic health environments for the promotion of appropriate childcare and parenting, the American Occupational Therapists Association’s 2005 Leadership Award, The 2006 American Society of Interior Designers Humanitarian Award and has been internationally honored for her work with OXO Good Grips™. Moore is a Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Moore was presented with the Professional Recognition Award by the Arizona Design Institute [1997] for fostering Excellence in Design and support to Design Education. Moore was the 1996 & 1997 Carnegie Mellon University Visiting Design Chair, is an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at Arizona State University, and has lectured at universities throughout North America, Australia, China, Europe, Korea, Japan, New Zealand; Russia.

Moore has been named by ID Magazine as one of The 40 Most Socially Conscious Designers in the world and was selected in 2000, by a consortium of news editors and organizations, as one of The 100 Most Important Women in America. Syracuse University has selected Moore for a 2012 Honorary Doctorate for serving as a “guiding force for a more humane and livable world, blazing a path for inclusiveness, as a true leader in the movement of Universal Design.” The Rochester Institute of Technology has inducted Moore as a 2012 member of the “INNOVATORS Hall of Fame”. ABC World News featured Moore as one of 50 Americans Defining the New Millennium.

Caroline Easton

Caroline Easton PhD
RIT Alumni
Forensic Clinical Psychologist

A forensic clinical psychologist from Yale University School of Medicine has joined Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Health Sciences and Technology as professor of health sciences.

Caroline Easton founded and directed the Forensic Drug Diversion Clinic and served as associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale’s School of Medicine, where she interned in 1997 and joined the faculty in 1998.

Easton is a 1990 RIT graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and a minor in psychology. She earned her doctoral degrees in psychology in 1994 at University of Connecticut and respecialized in clinical psychology at University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1997. “I’m excited to be coming back to my alma mater,” Easton says. “It’s like I’m coming home. I started off here.”

Easton is the first faculty member to join RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology from outside the university. RIT’s ninth college officially opened in September 2011 as part of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, which grew from the RIT–Rochester General Health System Alliance. Easton’s arrival marks the first step toward a program in clinical psychology, says Dr. Daniel Ornt, vice president and dean of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology/College of Health Sciences and Technology at RIT.

“Dr. Easton’s experience and expertise will help advance new learning and training experiences for our students to set the stage for new academic program development within the College of Health Sciences and Technology and across campus,” Ornt says.

Easton’s clinical research assesses the links between substance abuse and criminal behavior. She has developed a treatment therapy for individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and domestic violence issues. She is currently working on individual behavioral approach for men who are substance dependent and have problems with intimate partner violence.

Her integrative research will connect the new college with other colleges and departments within RIT and with external partners at Rochester General Health System/Behavioral Health Network, University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, Monroe County criminal justice system and Monroe County Office of Mental Health.

“I work in the forensic field on therapies that help people reduce their aggression, manage their anger and get off drugs,” Easton says. “I’ll be working on projects within the community and helping people think about co-occurring substance use and family violence as a whole.”

Beth Marks

Beth Marks, RN, PhD
Director, National
Organization of Nurses
with Disabilities

Beth Marks, RN, PhD. As a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Director for Research in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (RRTCADD), and President, National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND).

Beth directs research programs on empowerment and advancement of persons with disabilities. Currently, she is Director of the recently NIH funded HealthMatters Community Academic Partnership (

She has published numerous articles and books related to health promotion, health advocacy, and primary health care for people with disabilities. She co-produced with Bronwynne Evans, RN, PhD, FAAN a film entitled Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities. She has also authored two books published in 2010 entitled: Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities and Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities: Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program.

Patricia Dorn

Patricia A. Dorn, PhD
Interim Director Rehabilitation R&D Services,
Veterans Health Administration

Patricia A. Dorn, PhD, a Michigan native, began a life-long interest in serving people with disabilities at an early age, when as a Kinawa Middle School student she volunteered at The Beekman Center in Lansing, MI. This interest eventually led to her becoming an audiologist and serving those with hearing impairment in a variety of clinical and research settings. Today Dr. Dorn is Interim Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, which is in the Office of Research and Development of the Veterans Health Administration, in Department of Veterans Affairs. As Director, she is responsible for the intramural research program dedicated to advancing all rehabilitation needs of America's Veterans. The breadth of this program is unique in the United States, in that it covers all aspects of recovery from physical and mental health needs to social reintegration. This research service currently operates with an annual budget of over $90 million dollars. As Director, she is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, one of the major scientific peer-reviewed journals for the rehabilitation research community.

Dr. Dorn earned a baccalaureate degree from Michigan State University in speech and hearing science. She attended the Ohio State University to obtain her MA in audiology and Purdue University for her doctorate in audiology and hearing science. She completed a clinical internship in Audiology at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.