Elizabeth DePoy

Elizabeth DePoy

edepoy@maine.edu

Professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies, Social Work and Cooperating Faculty, School of Policy and International Affairs and Mechanical Engineering

University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
5717 Corbett Hall, Room 243A
Orono, ME 04469-5717
207.581.1469
207.581.1084
800.203.6957
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207.581.1231 (Fax)

Senior Research Fellow at Ono Academic College in Kiryat-Ono, Israel

Education

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Project Affiliations

  • Interdisciplinary Disability Studies
  • Mobility Technologies:
    • AFARI – a state-of-the-art, aesthetically designed device to aid upright mobility and to enable persons who need or want balance, stability, and/or weight bearing assistance to participate in outdoor jogging, running and distance walking activity in diverse terrain.
  • Mojo-Aesthetically designed modular mobility system research and development
  • HIPP-Fashionable, wearable hip protection
  • Neuro-protective headgear RFID monitoring system
  • Advanced Biomechanics Laboratory for Injury Reduction and Rehabilitation
  • REE: Robotic Rowing Exoskeleton
  • Servicebot: Translation and Usability of Robotic Assistance

Specialty Areas

  • Aesthetically designed robotics and equipment to enhance function and fitness
  • Legitimacy theory
  • Disjuncture and egalitarianism
  • Research and evaluation methods

Honors & Awards

  • University of Maine System Trustee Professor, 2013-2014
  • 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 Mideast, 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
  • Feminist Scholarship Award-Council on Social Work Education, March 2000
  • Letter of Distinction for doctoral dissertation defense, March 1988

Professional Associations

  • International Sociological Association
  • L’ecole Libre des Haute Etudes
  • Human Development and Capability Association
  • Society for Disability Studies

Research and Public Service

  • Healing disjuncture
  • Design theory applied to identity and product development
  • Human rights
  • Robotics and devices to enhance participation

Representative Publications

Books and Book Chapters

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2017). Social work research and evaluation: Examined practice in action. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

DePoy, E., & Gitlin, L. (2016). Introduction to research. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2016). Design, undesign and redesign: Eliminating embodied inequality. In B. Pirani (Ed.), Let’s re-Invent an Embodied Sociology. International Sociology Association.

Gitlow, L., & DePoy, E. (2015). Evidence-based practice. In H. H. Pendelton (Ed.), Pedretti’s Occupational Therapy. St Louis, MO: Elsevier.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2015). Discursive construction of mental health as a disability. In M. O’Reilly & J. Lester (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of child mental health. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. (2014). Branding and designing disability: Reconceptualising disability studies. New York: Routledge.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2013). Social work disability practice: Applying explanatory legitimacy and disjuncture theory. In K. D. Sowers & C. N. Dulmus (Series Eds.) & B. W. White (Vol. Ed.), Comprehensive handbook of social work and social welfare (Vol. 1.), The profession of social work (2nd Ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2013). Disability design and branding: Rethinking disability within the 21st Century. In L. J. Davis (Ed.), The disability studies reader (4th Ed.) (pp. 485-492). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2013). Explanatory legitimacy and disjuncture: A multidimensional 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 (2nd Ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2012). Human behavior theory and applications: A critical thinking approach. Thousand Oakes, CA: Sage Publications.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2011). Studying disability: Multiple theories and responses. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.

DePoy, E., & Gitlin, L. (2011). Introduction to research: Multiple strategies for health and human services (4th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (In Press). The student body. Research in Social Science and Disability.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2010). Disability design and branding: Rethinking disability within the 21st century. Disability Studies Quarterly 30(2), Retrieved from http://www.dsq-sds.org/article/view/1247/1274

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2010). Disability by design. The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 6(3), 53-62.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2009). Policy legitimacy: a model for disability policy analysis and change. The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal 5(4), 37-48.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2009). Commentary 5 on “A multinational review of English language disability studies degrees and courses.” Disability Studies Quarterly, 29(3). Retrieved from http://www.dsq-sds.org/article/view/957/1131

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., & Gilson, S. F. (2009). Designer diversity: Moving beyond categorical branding. The Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, 25, 59-70.

DePoy, E., & 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. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-106-3

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 I. Colby (Ed.), Social work practice and social policy and policy practice (pp. 203-218). 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., & DePoy, E. (2006). Explanatory legitimacy: A theory of diversity applied to disability. In G. Albrect, Encyclopedia of disability. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

DePoy, E., & Gitlin, L. (2005). Introduction to research: Multiple strategies for health and human services 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

DePoy, E., & Gilson S. F. (2004). Rethinking disability: Principles for professional and social change. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks-Cole.

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.

Cramer, E. P., Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2004). Impact of domestic violence on women with disabilities, in F.S. Danis & L.L. Lockhart (Eds.), The silence in social work education: Domestic violence modules for foundation courses. Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press.

DePoy, E., & Gilson S. F. (2004). Rethinking disability: Principles for professional and social change. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks-Cole.

Gilson, S., & DePoy, E. (2004). Rural disabled elders. In S. Butler & L. Kaye (Eds). Gerontological social work practice in rural towns and communities. New York, NY: Haworth Press.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2003). Evaluation practice. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks-Cole.

DePoy, E., Gilson, S. F., & Cramer, E.P. (2003). Understanding the experiences of and advocating for the service and resource needs of abused, disabled women. In A. Hans (Ed.). The women with disabilities in the majority and minority worlds. India: Sage.

Gilson, S. F. (Senior Editor), DePoy, E., MacDuffie, H., & Meyershon, K. (Contributing Editors). (2002). Integrating disability content in social work education: A curriculum resource. Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2000). Disability within a multicultural context. In C.E. Faupel & P.M. Roman (Eds.), Self-destructive behavior and disvalued identity (Vol. 4). Taylor & Francis Publisher.

DePoy, E., & Gitlow, L. (2000). Evidence-Based practice. Physical disabilities and Occupational Therapy.

DePoy, E., & Gitlin, L. (1999). Forskning-en introduktion, translated by Hellberg, J. Stockholm: Studentlitteratur.

DePoy, E., & Gitlin, L. (1998). Introduction to Research: Understanding and Applying Multiple Strategies, (2nd ed.). Chicago: Mosby Yearbook, 1998.

DePoy, E., & Bolduc, C. (1997) AIDS prevention in a rural New England Indian population. Chapter in L. Brown (Ed.). Two Spirited People: American Indian Lesbian Women and Gay Men. New York, NY: Harrington.

DePoy, E., & Gitlow, L. (1997). Critical review of the research on cognitive rehabilitation. In N. Katx, (Ed). Cognition and Occupation in Rehabilitation. , MD: AOTA.

DePoy, E., & Gitlin, L. (1994). Introduction to Research: Multiple Strategies for Health and Human Services. Chicago: Mosby Yearbook.

DePoy, E., & Bolduc, C. (1992). AIDS Prevention. Chapter in Morales, J. & Bok, M. (Eds.) Multicultural Human Services for AIDS Treatment and Prevention: Policy Perspectives and Planning. New York: Haworth.

DePoy, E., (1991). Program Evaluation. In R. Levine & J. Rothman, (Eds.), Injury Prevention. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1992.

DePoy, E. (1992). Cognition and The Model of Human Occupation. In N. Katz, (Ed.), Cognitive Approaches in Rehabilitation. Andover, 1992.

DePoy, E., & Kolodner, E. (1989). Psychological Performance Factors. In C. Christiansen & C. Baum (Eds.) Occupational Therapy: Overcoming Life Performance Deficits. Thorofare, N.J.: Slack.

Guest Edited Journals:

DePoy, E. (1994). Ethics in geriatric intervention. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation.

Invited and Peer Reviewed Articles:

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (In Press) The student body. Research in Social Science and Disability.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. (2012). Social work practice with disability: Moving from the perpetuation of a client category to local through global human rights and social justice. Revista de Asistenta Sociala / Social Work Review, 11(1), 11-22.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. (2012). Disability as microcosm. Queries about the boundaries of humanness. Societies. Retrieved http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/2/4/302.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F (2010).Disability design and branding: Rethinking disability within the 21st century. Disability Studies Quarterly 30(2), Retrieved: http://www.dsq-sds.org/article/view/1247/1274.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2010). Disability by design. The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 6(3), 53-62.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2009). Policy legitimacy: a model for disability policy analysis and change. The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal 5(4), 37-48.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2009). Commentary 5 on “A Multinational Review of English language Disability Studies Degrees and Courses.” Disability Studies Quarterly, 29(3). Available online at http://www.dsq-sds.org/article/view/957/1131. 

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., & Gilson, S. F. (2009). Designer diversity: Moving beyond categorical branding. The Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, 25, 59-70.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (2008). Disability studies: Origins, current conflict, and resolution. Review of Disability Studies, 4,4. 

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2007/2007). Da Vinci’s ill-fated design legacy: Homogenization and standardization. International Journal of the Humanities, 4. Retrieved from 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 Organizations, Communities and Nations.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (in press). 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.

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

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

DePoy, E. (2005). Assistive technology: A blessing or a curse. Psychosocial Process.

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.

Cramer, E. P., Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2004). Impact of domestic violence on women with disabilities. In F. S. Danis & L. L. Lockhart (Eds.), The silence in ocial work education: Domestic violence modules for foundation courses. Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press.

DePoy, E., & Gilson, S. F. (in press). 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., & MacDuffie, H. (2004). Force field analysis: A model for promoting adolescent involvement in their own health care. Journal of Health Promotion Practice, 5, 3, 306-313.

DePoy, E. (2004). Universal health literacy: An idea whose time should have come? Psychosocial Process, 17, 49-50.

Gilson, S. F., & DePoy, E. (2004). A model of self-determination, choice, advocacy, and self-advocacy. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 3, 4, 3-17.

Cramer, E. P., Gilson, S. F. & DePoy, E. (2004). Women with disabilities and experiences of abuse. Special issue on women. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 7, 183-201.

Gilson, S., & DePoy, E. (2004). Disability, identity, and cultural diversity. Review of Disability Studies, 1(1), 16-23.