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William Kearns

President, International Society for Gerontechnology


William D. Kearns, PhD, is the President of the International Society for Gerontechnology. After receiving his doctorate in the field of experimental psychology in 1989, Dr. Kearns joined the research faculty at the University of South Florida (USF) where is currently a Research Associate Professor in the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program. Since joining USF, he has collaborated with other researchers to win over $11M US in research grant funding, the majority coming from US federal agencies. From this research, Dr. Kearns has authored over thirty peer-reviewed journal articles and six book chapters in the field of Gerontechnology. He holds a U.S. patent in a technology that allows evaluation of movement variability related to cognitive impairment in dementia and traumatic brain injury; both conditions affect older adults around the world. He is also an Associate Editor of the Society’s Gerontechnology journal.

Dr. Kearns’ leadership experience covers a number of academic and research areas. For over a decade, he represented USF at the national Internet2 Project, an advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Dr. Kearns was selected by University administration to coauthor the USF’s strategic plan for information technology for the 21st Century, a document that continues to evolve in order to address the University of South Florida’s growing needs. For 12 years, he was the Director of Information Technology at the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, which provided email, web, and database services to 500 faculty and staff and diverse customers, including upper level managers within and beyond the university. He also held the chairmanship of two major technology committees within the university: the USF Faculty Senate Academic Computing Committee and the USF Instructional Technology Council.

In addition to his research, Dr. Kearns currently mentors gerontechnology graduate students at the University of Toronto (Canada) and the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He has taught Gerontechnology design seminars at USF: Environmental Interventions Seminar (GEY6934.904S07) and Communication and Design Process Seminar (SPC6934). Dr. Kearns was an invited guest lecturer at the 2008 International Master Class on Gerontechnology and Service Management at the Nan Kai University of Technology in Taiwan.