National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
William Mann, Ph.D, O.T.R
University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professions
North Florida/ South Georgia VA Health Care System, Gainesville, FL
Research Interests: Geriatrics, Assistive Technology, Dementia
Dr. William Mann is the Director of the Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR). Dr. Mann is also Distinguished Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy and the Director of the Florida Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation (FIDR) at the University of Florida (UF). Within FIDR, Dr. Mann leads a Department of Defense funded research initiative addressing issues related to rehabilitation of combat trauma injuries. Dr. Mann served as the Principal Investigator for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Aging from 1991 to 2007. This work included a focus on uses of information technology in telehealth and home health and behavior monitoring. Before his appointment at UF, he was a Professor at the University at Buffalo for 25 years. Dr. Mann has authored more than 145 articles and book chapters on aging and independence, authored/edited five books, and was founder and served as co-editor of the Journal Technology and Disability from 1990 to 2000. He has served as the Conference Chair for the 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2008 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence, and has served on the boards of both the American Society on Aging and the Florida Council on Aging. His research and rehabilitation experience extends internationally to collaborations in Canada, Europe, Brazil and Australia. Dr. Mann has 40 years of experience in rehabilitation and community-based programs, spanning research, service and education, with a focus on applying technology to promote independence. Dr. Mann’s current work addresses the needs of Veterans with disabilities, applying home monitoring and communications technologies (telehealth, telerehabilitation), addressing the needs of Veterans with dementia and their caregivers, and tools for driver assessment and rehabilitation.