Research/Areas of Interest: Occupational therapy, social psychology, culture and health care stigma, health quality of life, social participation, Parkinson's disease and conditions across lifespan that affect nonverbal and verbal communication, evidence-based practice. I study health quality of life and define it as participation in daily life tasks, activities, and roles in a manner that contributes to individual, familial, societal, and global health and well-being. A bio-psycho-social approach is taken with respect to processes and outcomes of health quality of life. I work with researchers and students from different disciplines and countries to conduct research in a creative and collaborative interdisciplinary environment.


  • PhD, Social Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 1988
  • MA, Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States, 1985
  • MA, Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States, 1980
  • BA, Anthropology, Stanford University, Stanford, United States, 1975