Background / Expertise

The Matching Person & Technology (MPT) process and assessment instruments were developed by Marcia J. Scherer, Ph.D. They emerged from her research study sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Scherer is a rehabilitation psychologist and founding President of the Institute for Matching Person & Technology. She is also Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center, Editor of the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology and Co-Editor of the book series for CRC Press, Rehabilitation Science in Practice Series. She is past Project Director, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University and a former member of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Scherer is Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).

Dr. Scherer authored a trilogy of books describing the impact of various categories of assistive technology devices and services on people’s health and life quality. Each book uses real-life situations to examine how technologies are being used to provide assistance for getting around, seeing and hearing, doing everyday tasks and thinking, remembering, and learning.

The three books are:

She has authored, edited, or co-edited eight other books. Dr. Scherer also developed the Matching Person and Technology portfolio of assessments to guide technology selection and outcomes measurement. She has published over eighty articles on disability and rehabilitation in peer-reviewed scientific journals and over thirty book chapters; she has been cited over 5000 times by others. She has been a keynote or invited speaker at scientific meetings both nationally and internationally. She and her collaborators have obtained nearly $8 million of federal funding from NIH, CDC and NIDRR for research involving her Matching Person & Technology model and assessment process. Dr. Scherer’s research has also received funding from Ireland and she is collaborating with researchers in Italy. The Institute for Matching Person & Technology was a partner on a three-year grant funded by the European Union (2014-2016).

She is the 2011 recipient of the Sam McFarland Memorial Mentor Award, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) and the 2010 recipient of the Roger G. Barker Award, Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), American Psychological Association, for her outstanding lifelong contribution to rehabilitation psychology through empirical research, conceptual/ theoretical development or both.

Dr. Scherer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester where she also earned a MPH degree from the School of Medicine and Dentistry. She received a master of science degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University at Buffalo and her bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University.

Marcia Scherer, Ph.D., MPH is President of the Institute for Matching Person and Technology. She is editor of the journal, "Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology" and has authored or co-authored many books, journal articles and book chapters. She developed the Matching Person & Technology (MPT) Model and assessment process.


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