Headshot photo of Michelle Kinsella, B.S., OTR/L Certification

Michelle Kinsella, B.S., OTR/L Certification

  • Research Associate, Institute on Development and Disability, School of Medicine


Michelle Kinsella is a licensed Occupational Therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience specializing in Cognitive Rehabilitation and Low Vision Rehab. Her clinical expertise is in working to maximize independence and restore life participation with people with acquired neurological conditions resulting from illness or injury as well as age related vision impairments.  

The focus of her research is helping people find and use communication supports for cognition, language or speech despite visual impairments. Michelle joined the OHSU REKNEW lab in 2016.

In addition to her research, Michelle continues her practice in community based brain injury rehabilitation.

Education and training

    • O.T.R./L., 1986, Eastern Michigan University
    • B.S., 1986, Eastern Michigan University
  • Certifications

    • Masters Certification Low Vision Rehabilitation, University of Alabama 2011

Areas of interest

  • Low vision
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Assistive technology


Selected publications

  • H133E140026 U.S. DHHS. 10/1/2014 – 9/30/2019 (Light, PI). Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative & Alternative Communication The RERC on AAC is a collaborative assistive technology center that supports research, development, training, and dissemination activities. The OHSU team will contribute to the research and development of brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies, applications for co-construction of messages by people who use sp
  • R43 DC013294 NIH/NIDCD. 9/1/2014 – 5/31/2015 (Jakobs, PI). Co-construction for AAC Devices This project will develop an innovative, technology-based system for AAC conversation that is grounded in the success and efficiency of dialogue co-construction and word prediction. The app is being developed for persons with SSPI and their communication partners.


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