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Tony Gentry

Tony Gentry, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Faculty Emeritus

Director, Post-Professional Programs & Director, Assistive Technology for Cognition Laboratory

Phone: 828-3397

Email: logentry@vcu.edu

 Professional interests

  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Assistive Technology
  • Context-Aware and Sensor-Based Behavioral Telehealth
  • Community-based Treatment


  • 2006: PhD in Instructional Technology, University of Virginia
  • 1993: MA in Occupational Therapy, New York University
  • 1978: BA in History & Literature, Harvard University

Certifications and licensure

  • Virginia occupational therapy license
  • NBCOT Certification

Selected Publications

Gentry, T., Kriner, R., Sima, A., McDonough, J., & Wehman, P.(2015).Reducing the need for personal support among workers with autism using an Apple iPod Touch as an assistive technology: A delayed randomized control trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(3), 669-684.

Gentry, T., & Loveland, J. (2013). The occupation of sleep:  Occupational therapy’s role in sleep management, OT Practice (January 21). 

Gentry, T., Lau, S., Molinell, A., Fallen, A., & Kriner, R. (2012). The Apple iPod Touch as a vocational support aid for adults with autism: Three case studies, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 37, 75-85.  (Download at http://worksupport.com.)

Armstrong, A. Gentry, T. and Wehman, P. (2012). Assistive Technology from School to Adulthood, in Wehman, P. (ed.). Life Beyond the Classroom, 5th ed. Baltimore: Brookes.

Gentry, T. (2012). Smart Home Technologies for People with Cognitive Impairment: An Affordable, Rehabilitative Approach, in Riechert, R. (ed.). Ambient Assisted Living Handbook. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Gentry, T. (2011).  Special issue editor:  Assistive technology for people with neurological disability, NeuroRehabilitation (28). 

Gentry, T, Wallace, J, Kvarfordt, C., & Lynch, K.B. (2010).  PDAs as cognitive aids for high school students with autism:  Results of a community-based trial.  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.  32:  101-108. 

Gentry, T  (2009).  Smart homes for people with neurological disability:  State of the art.  Neurorehabilitation, 13, 27-36.

Gentry, L. (2008) PDAs as cognitive aids for individuals with multiple sclerosis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 52: 444-452.

Gentry, L. Wallace, J., et al. (2008). A community-based trial of pda's as cognitive aids for individuals with acquired brain injury: Outcome findings. Brain Injury. 33: 21-27ent: State of the art. Neurorehabilitation.

Grant Activity

  • Principal Investigator (July 2013-December 2014). Telehealth Cueing for Sleep Hygiene among Adults with Autism.  VCU-PRQF.  Amount awarded: $50,000.
  • Co-Investigator (July 2013-June 2014).  Customized Employment for Adults with Severe Disabilities. NIDRR RRTC.
  • Principal Investigator (September 2008-2013). PDA-Enabled Job Support for People with Autism. NIDRR DRRP. Amount awarded: $130,000.
  • Assistive Technology Director, Virginia Autism Center of Excellence (2010-2013).  Virginia DOE.  Award:  $20,000.
  • Principal Investigator (June 2010-11).  Development of Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment Endowment (FREE) chapter in Richmond, VCU Community Engagement Fund.  Amount awarded:  $13,500.
  • Principal Investigator (April 2008-June 2009). Smart Home Trial for People with Brain Injury. Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative. Amount awarded: $23,500.
  • Principal Investigator (July 2006-September 2007). PDA-Enabled Job Support for People with Brain Injuries. Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative. Amount awarded: $110,000.
  • Principal Investigator (March 2006-June 2007). Super School: A Self-efficacy Training Computer Game for Youth with Disabilities. Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, $30,000.
  • Project Director (January 2004-December 2006). PDAs as Cognitive Aids for People with Autism or Brain Injury: A Community-based Trial. Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative. Amount awarded: $450,000.

Key Professional Service

  • 2003-present: Clinical Services Board, Blue Ridge Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • 2005-2010: Chair, Cognitive Special Interest Group, Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA).
  • 2007-2012: Board of Directors, Brain Injury Association of Virginia.
  • 2010-2012: Board President, Brain Injury Association of Virginia.
  • 2009-present:  Clinical Advisory Board, Virginia Assistive Technology System.


Assistive Technology for Cognition Laboratory, Department of Occupational Therapy

Assistive Technology Applications in the Workplace, VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center webinar

National Rehabilitation Research Information Center 

Facebook Page:  Assistive Technology for Cognition 


Older Adults Buddy Up with Amazon’s Alexa.  Wall Street Journal.

iPods as the Next Generation Autism Aid.  The Atlantic.

Tablet Devices Keep Autistic People Working.  Scientific American. 

WWRC Smart Home First of its Type in Virginia.  WRIC News.