Dean P. Inman, Ph.D.

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Education & Training

B.A., 1970
Sacramento State College
Physiological Psychology

M.S., 1973
Utah State University
Experimental Psychology

Ph.D., 1976
University of Oregon
Special Education

Dr. Inman is a Senior Scientist and the Director of the Applied Computer Simulation Labs at the Oregon Research Institute . He has worked with various populations of disabled individuals including deaf, blind, deaf-blind, orthopedically-impaired, stroke, spinal cord injured, developmentally delayed, and individuals with closed-head injuries, and pediatric populations with post-hirschsprungs imperforate ani, and encopresis. He has specialized in developing innovative programs that combine technology, special education, physiology, and learning theory to improve the functional capacities of the people he serves.

Dr. Inman has been nationally and internationally recognized as a pioneer in developing Virtual Reality programs to promote education and rehabilitation in children who are blind, deaf-blind, and severely orthopedically impaired. He has presented his innovative material at national and international conferences and has conducted in-service training seminars across the country. His current work involves teaching orientation and mobility skills to children who are blind including localization, tracking, directionality, and spatial awareness. He also works at Northwest Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic in Emmanuel Hospital in Portland where he performs neuromuscular diagnosis and treatment.

Current Projects

Teaching Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired Spatial Awareness and Direction in Virtual Reality with Assessment in Actual Reality

PROJECT PERIOD

10/01/10 - 06/30/14

FUNDING AGENCY

United States Department of Education

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Dean Inman

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Publications

Experience

1991-1996
Allied Professional in Private Practice, Pediatric Gastroenterology,
Emmanuel Hospital, Portland, Oregon

1984- 1989
Director, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program, Division of Special Education & Rehabilitation,
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

1984 - Present
Research Scientist,
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon

1982 - Present
Allied Professional, Gastroenterology,
Sacred Heart Hospital, Eugene, Oregon

1982 - 1994
Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education & Rehabilitation,
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

1982 - 1994
Director, Neuromuscular Education & Research Center,
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Professional Papers

Inman, D.P. (April 1998) The Future of Virtual Reality in Special Education and Rehabilitation. Presented to the Missouri assistive Technology Exposition and Conference, Columbia, Missouri. (Keynote)

Inman, D.P. (August 1998) Virtual Reality in Special Education and Rehabilitation. Presented to the LRP Conference, Augusta, Georgia, (Keynote)

Inman, D.P. (April 1997) Teaching Disabled Children with Virtual Reality. Presented to the Ohio Department of Education Regional Resourch Center, Columbus, Ohio

Inman, D.P. (April 1997) Virtual Reality : Its Role in Educatin Disabled Children.. Presented to the Missouri Assistive Technology Exposition and Disability Rights Conference, Columbia, Missouri. (Keynote)

Inman, D.P. (February 1997) Virtual Reality : A New Therapeutic Tool for Disabled Children. Presented to the the Alaska Statewide Special Education Conference, Anchorage, Alaska.

Inman, D.P., Loge, K., & Leavens,J. (July 1996) Teaching Motorized Wheelchair Operation in Virtual Reality. . Presented to the LRP Conference, San Francisco, California. (Keynote)

Inman, D.P. (June 1996) Virtual Reality Applications for Assisting the Disabled. Presented to Medicine 2000 Conference, Montreal, Quebec. (Keynote)

Inman, D.P. (March 1996) Use of Virtual Reality and Computerization in Wheelchair Training. Presented to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children 1996 Board Seminar, Portland, Oregon.

Inman, D.P. (January 1996) Technology in Education: the Future and Beyond. Keynote address. Beyond the Future Technology Conference, sponsored by the Louisiana State Department of Education, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Inman, D.P. (December 1995) Virtual Reality Solutions for the Disabled. Presented to The Second International Conference on the Military Applications of Synthetic Environments and Virtual Reality, Stockholm, Sweden.

Inman, D.P., (October 1995) New Therapeutic Modalities for Treating Encopresis. Presented to Polk Adolescent Center, Dallas, Oregon.

Inman, D.P. (September 1995) Virtual Reality and Children with Disabilities. Presented to Grand Rounds at Shriner's Hospital, Portland, Oregon.

Inman, D.P. & Loge, Ken (August 1995) Demonstrating and Evaluating a Virtual Reality Training Program for Teaching Mobility Skills to Orthopedically Impaired Children. Presented to the Third Annual International Conference on Virtual Reality and Persons With Disabilities, San Francisco, California.

Inman, D.P., (May 1995) Virtual Reality Wheelchair Driver's Training for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Presented to the Mecklermedia VR World '95 Conference & Exhibition, San Jose, California.

Inman, D.P., (January 1995) Virtual Reality Training Programs. Presented to the Sharp Institute Techfest 1995, San Diego, California.

Inman, D.P., (November 1994) VR Wheelchair Driver's Training for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Presented to the New York Virtual Reality Expo '94 Conference & Exhibition, New York, New York.

Inman, D.P., (November 1994) Use of Virtual Reality to Teach Students with Orthopedic Impairments to Drive Motorized Wheelchairs. Paper presented to the Fourth Annual Fall Conference of the Oregon Department of Education, Office of Special Education, Portland, Oregon.

Inman, D.P., (September 1994) Encopresis - Beyond Mineral Oil and Colace. Paper presented to the 1994 Oregon Nurses Association/Nurse Practitioners of Oregon Annual Education Conference, Portland, Oregon.

Inman, D.P., (June 1994) Teaching Orthopedically Impaired Children to Drive Motorized Wheelchairs in Virtual Reality. Paper presented to the second annual conference on Virtual Reality and Persons With Disabilities, San Francisco, California.

Inman, D.P., Lee, J.S., Peaks, J.F., (May 1994) Improving Isolated Motor Control in Children with Cerebral Palsy Using Surface Electromyography: A Cost-Effective Approach. Presented to The Northwest Society of Behavioral Pediatrics, Seattle, Washington.

Inman, D.P., (May 1994) Using Biofeedback to Improve Walking in Children with Cerebral Palsy. Presented to Eugene-Springfield Kiwanis Society, Eugene, Oregon.

Inman, D.P., (April, 1994) Teaching Mobility Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy. Presented to Eugene Springfield Kiwanis Society, Eugene, Oregon.

Inman, D. P., (March, 1994). VR Training Program for Motorized Wheelchair Operation. Paper presented to Technology and Persons with Disabilities Convention, Los Angeles.