Al Copolillo, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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Office Phone:  (804) 828-2220

 

 

 

Professional Interests

  • Low vision rehabilitation
  • Adult & geriatric rehabilitation
  • Assistive Technology

Education

  • Ph.D., Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • M.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington.
  • B.S., Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana, Urbana-Champaign. 

Certifications and licensure 

  • Virginia Occupational Therapy
  • NBCOT Certification 

Selected Publications 

Lu, J., Gary, K.W., Copolillo, A., Ward, J., Neimeier, J.P., & Lapane, K.L. (2015). Randomized controlled trials in adult traumatic brain injury: a review of compliance to CONSORT statement. Archives of Physical Medicine, 96, 702-714. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.10.026.

Gary, K.W., Ketchum, J.M., Arango-Lasprilla, J.C., Kreutzer, J.S., Novack, T., Copolillo, A., & Deng, X.  (2010). Racial differences in employment outcome 10 years after traumatic brain injury among racial and ethnic minority groups. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 33, 65-75.

Gary, K.W., Arango-Lasprilla, J.C., Ketchum, J.M., Kreutzer, J.S., Copolillo, A., Novack, T., & Jha, A.  (2009).  Racial differences in employment outcome after traumatic brain injury at 1, 2, and 5 years post-injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90, 1699-1707.

Smith, T., Ludwig, G. Anderson, L., & Copolillo, A. (2009). Engagement in occupation and adaptation to low vision, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 23, 119-133.

Copolillo, A., Warren, M., & Teitelman, J. (2007). Results of a survey of occupational therapy practitioners in low vision rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 21, 19-37.

Teitelman, J.L. & Copolillo, A. (2005). Psychosocial Issues in Older Adults’ Adjustment to Vision Loss: Findings from Qualitative Interviews and Focus Groups. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59 (4), 409-417.

Copolillo, A. & Teitelman, J. L. (2005). Acquisition and Integration of Low Vision Assistive Devices: Understanding the Decision-Making Process of Older Adults with Low Vision. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59 (3), 305-313. 

Grant Activity

  • Principal Investigator. (2002-2003). Use of Low Vision Assistive Devices: the Decision-Making Process of Older Adults with Visual Impairments. National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research: Mary Switzer Distinguished Fellowship, $55,000.
  • Disciplinary Coordinator, GITT Team. (2000-2005). Parham, I., et al.  Statewide Geriatric Education and Training, Virginia Geriatric to Education Center. Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, $1,000,000.
  • Principal Investigator. (1997). Mobility Device Use among African American Elderly: Examining the Decision-making Process.  Virginia Commonwealth University: A.D. Williams Grant, $8,774.
  • Disciplinary Coordinator, Kids into Health Careers. (1997-2000). Parham, I., et al. Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training, Virginia Geriatric Education Center. Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, $484,638.
  • Principal Investigator. (1995-1996). Use of Mobility Devices by Elderly Rehabilitation Clients. National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research: Mary Switzer Merit Fellowship, $35,000. 

Key Professional Service

  • 2016- Academic Leadership Council Chair, AOTA
  • 2009-2016 AOTA Academic Leadership Council (formerly Program Directors Education Council)
  • 2007-2010 Associate Editor, American Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • 2004-2010 Editorial Review Board, American Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2013, 2014 Research Panel Reviewer, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research
  • 2000-2010 Editorial Review Board, Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics