Michelle Meade, PhD
Psychologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Michelle Meade is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan. She conducts research with and provides clinical services to individuals with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. Dr. Meade serves as Principal Investigator and Director of the University of Michigan Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC)—Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (TIKTOC)—which is focused on developing and evaluating technology to promote health management and independence among adolescents and young adults with disabilities.
Dr. Meade’s video interview answers basic questions about how family relationships often change after someone is paralyzed. That includes helping spouses and children adjust to living with someone who has sustained a spinal cord injury. Dr. Meade helps answer the question, “will I ever walk again?” and addresses those who are resistant to rehabilitation. She also talks specifically about returning to work or school after spinal cord injury, what a peer mentor is and how patients can successfully utilize group therapy to find a way forward.