2014 Emerson Woodruff Lecture

Emerson Woodruff

On Saturday June 7 at 5:00 pm, the 20th annual lecture to honour
Dr. Emerson Woodruff and his significant contributions to the
School of Optometry will be presented. The topic for this year’s
Woodruff Lecture is “Assistive devices: Reimagining outcomes
research” and will be presented by Dr. Jeffrey W. Jutai.


Jeffrey W. Jutai is Full Professor in the University of Ottawa’s  Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, and Assistant Director of
Graduate Studies and Research. He has cross appointments
in the Psychology graduate program and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD
program. He is Adjunct Professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Jutai is a Scientist
at the Bruyère Research Institute, and his Assistive Technology
Research lab is located at Saint-Vincent hospital. He is past editor
of the journal, Assistive Technology, and past Research Director
of the Consortium for Assistive Technology Outcomes Research.
He is recipient of awards including Excellence in Research
(University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences) and
Distinguished Service (RESNA, Multidisciplinary Association for
the Advancement of Assistive Technology). Dr. Jutai obtained an
Honours Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of
Toronto and Master of Science degree in Psychology from the
University of British Columbia (UBC). His Ph.D. in Psychology was
received from UBC in 1983. Dr. Jutai’s research is focused on
studying the factors that affect the outcomes from using assistive
technology devices, including how devices are prescribed and how
users are educated on how to use them. He directs a program of
research on measuring the impact of assistive technologies for
persons who have physical and sensory disabilities and for persons
who provide care to these individuals.