Pamela Block



Dr. Block is Associate Dean for Research in the School of Health Technology and Management, Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program, Director of the Concentration in Disability Studies for the Ph.D. Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. She is also affiliated with the Stony Brook University Department of Cultural Analysis and theory, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. Dr. Block received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University in 1997. Her dissertation was entitled "Biology, Culture and Cognitive Disability: Twentieth Century Professional Discourse in Brazil and the United States." She researches disability experience on individual, organizational and community levels, focusing on socio-environmental barriers, empowerment/capacity-building, and health promotion. Her qualitative research combines historical analyses with community-based ethnographic and participatory approaches. Dr. Block has studied multiple marginalization and the intersections of gender, race, poverty, and disability. She has taught in the areas of disability studies, assistive technology, foundations of OT, qualitative research design, human subjects research ethics, and grant writing. Most recently, Dr. Block has been involved in supporting disability social entrepreneurship through organizations such as EmpowerSCI – a nonprofit providing independent living skills and secondary rehabilitation to individuals with recent spinal cord injury, and VENTure – a policy and technology think tank on issues of concern to people who use ventilators.


EmpowerSCI (2012-Present):

VENTure (2012-Present): coming soon!

InDialog (Fall 2012). Humanities, Social Sciences and Human Evolution: Three Facets of the Same Enterprise:

Growing Up with MS (2008):

Project Shake It Up (2001-2005):



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