Elizabeth DePoy, Ph.D., MSW, BS

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
The University of Maine
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5717
 
Phone: 207-581-1469
Email: liz.depoy@umit.maine.edu
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Last Updated: July 29, 2013

Elizabeth DePoy
 

Primary Activity Coordinators: Research
Specialty Resource Contacts: Disability Studies
 
Discipline(s): Social Work
Disability Studies
Occupational Therapy
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities
& General Studies
 
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
 
Research: Human rights & access and diversity categories; explanatory legitimacy and disjuncture theory; diversity, disability studies; research and evaluation; participation and accessibility; web accessibility; research and evaluation methodology

Disability theory, humanness, technology and design
Education: Ph.D. in Philosophy & Education
M.S.W.
B.S. in Occupational Therapy

Disability theory, humanness, technology and design
Service: Teaches disability studies courses at the University of Maine; Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Disability Studies program; developing an innovation laboratory to advance full participation and access through commercial products and innovative services; developed a web portal to translate web text into lower literacy and 508 accessible formatting; provides research and evaluation consultation to state and public agencies; senior research fellow at Ono College in Israel; on Editorial Boards for Journal of Human Development, Disability Studies Quarterly, International Humanities Journal

Vita/Bio

 

BRIEF CURRICULUM VITAE

Elizabeth DePoy, Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies and Social Work

University of Maine

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D.                        University of Pennsylvania, Philosophy & Education,May 1988

M.S.W.            University of Pennsylvania, Social Work, May 1977

B.S.                                    State University of New York at Buffalo, May 1972

 

RECENT HONORS & AWARDS

Senior Scholar Award, Society for Disability Studies, 2009

Lifetime Achievement Award,  American Public Health Association, Disability Section, October, 2008

Faculty Fellowship, Society for Peace in the Middle East, Summer, 2008

University of Maine, Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award, May 2007.

Outstanding Achievement Award, Association of University Centers on Disability, November 2006.

Allan Meyers Award for Scholarship in Disability, American Public Health Association, September 2005

Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar, Grant awarded to Assuit University, Assuit, Egypt, March, 2003

 

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

July 2008-present: Senior Research Fellow. Ono Academic College. Research Institute for Health and Medical Professions. 104 Zahal St., Kiryat Ono 55000 Israel

September 2001-present: Coordinator and Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Education, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, University of Maine, Orono, ME

 

CURRENT  SELECTED FUNDRAISING (Grants and Contracts)

Tobacco Access Portal Initiative II, submitted to the American Legacy Foundation, August, 2008 (funded, $100,000)

Tobacco Access Portal Initiative, submitted to the American Legacy Foundation, April, 2007 (funded, $100,000)

Drug Free Communities, collaboration with Aroostook County submitted to SAMHSA, April, 2007 (funded, $150,000)

 

SELECTED RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

DePoy, E. & Gitlin, L. (in press) Introduction to research, 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

DePoy, E. & Gilson, S.F. (in press) Understanding disability. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S.F. (2009). Designer diversity: Moving beyond categorical branding. The Journal of Comparative Social Welfare.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S.F. (2009). Social work practice with disability: Moving from the perpetuation of a client category to human rights and social justice. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

DePoy, E. and Gilson, S.F. ( 2008) Guest Editor’s Introduction: DePoy, E. and Gilson, S.F. ( 2008) Disability Studies: Origins, Current Conflict, and Resolution. Review of Disability Studies, 4,4.

DePoy, E. and Gilson, S.F. ( 2008) Disability Studies: Origins, Current Conflict, and Resolution. Review of Disability Studies, 4,4.

DePoy, E. & Gilson S.F. (2008). Designing university techscapes: An inter-organizational universal design collaboration to advance equality of participation in university organizations, In J. Salmons and L. Wilson (Eds), Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy .

DePoy, E., & Gilson S. (2008). Healing the disjuncture: Social work disability practice.  In K.M. Sowers & C.N. Dulmus (Series Editors) & B.W.White (Vol. Ed.), Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare: Vol. 1. The Profession of Social Work. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2008). Explanatory legitimacy: A model for disability policy development and analysis. In K. M. Sowers (Series Ed.) I. Colby (Vol. Ed.), Comprehensive handbook of social work and social welfare: Vol 4. Social policy and policy practice (pp. 203-217). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons

DePoy, E. & Gilson, S.F. (2008) Evaluation practice. Boston, MA: Taylor and Francis.

DePoy, E. & Gilson S. (2007) The human experience: Description, explanation, and judgment. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Gilson, S.F. & DePoy, E., (2007). Da vinci’s ill-fated design legacy: Homogenization and standardization International Journal of the Humanities, 4, http://www.Humanities-Journal.com

DePoy, E. & Gilson S. (2007). The Bell-Shaped Curve: Alive, Well and Living in Diversity Rhetoric. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2007). Geographic analysis for the social sciences. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 1.

DePoy, E. & Gilson S. (2006). Universal web access: An intelligent web interface.  International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 1, 128-131.

Gilson, S.F. & DePoy, E., (2005/2006). Reinventing atypical bodies in art, literature and technology . International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 3, 7, http://www.Technology-Journal.com.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S.F. (2005/2006). Moving beyond nomothetic category: Diversity as symmetry. International Journal of the Humanities, 4, http://www.Humanities-Journal.com

DePoy, E. & Gilson, S.F. (2005/2006) Universal access technology: Advancing the civil right to information literacy. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 1, http://www.Technology-Journal.com.

Cramer, E.P., Gilson, S.F., & DePoy, E. (2004). Women with disabilities and experiences of abuse. in N. J. Smyth (Ed.). Women and girls in the social environment:  Behavioral  perspectives. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

DePoy, E. & Gilson S.F. (2004) Rethinking Disability: Principles for Professional and Social Change. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks-Cole.