Lisa Meeks, PhD
Lisa is the lead investigator in Meeks Research Group and is passionate about equal access to education and healthcare for persons with disabilities and is an expert in disabilities in medical education. As an administrative leader and researcher, Meeks has co-authored several articles and books on the subject of disability in medical education, helping to inform policy and best practice in the area of disability services. She also consults with leading health science programs, colleges, and universities on a myriad of disability related issues.
Meeks' research interests include: Improving access to medical education for learners with disabilities, medical student and resident well-being, disability curriculum in medical education, reducing health care disparities in patients with disabilities, and the performance and trajectory of learners and physicians with disabilities. Her work as been featured recently on NPR, the Washington Post, CNBC, in Slate, cleveland.com, Bloomberg Law, the Chicago Tribune and in The New Physician magazine from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).
Dr. Meeks is the co-founder and current past President of the Coalition for Disability Access in Health Science and Medical Education, co-developer of both the AAMC Disability Webinar Series and the UCSF Disability Training Series for Faculty and Administrators, co-editor and author of the seminal text on disability in health science The Guide to Assisting Students With Disabilities: Equal Access in Health Science and Professional Education and co-PI and lead author of the AAMC Special Report: Accessibility, Inclusion, and Action in Medical Education: Lived Experiences of Learners and Physicians with Disabilities and co-creator of the social media campaign #DocsWithDisabilities.
Ben Case, MPH
Ben is the researcher manager and co-investigator for the Meeks Research Group. He is a public health professional who serves in study coordination and research administration. His interest in disability-related topics originates from his own disability, and has led to his involvement in several relevant projects, publications, and presentations. With a bevy of experience ranging from basic science research to global health work, Ben seeks to leverage it to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in research, education, informed healthcare practice, and community engagement.
Sarah is a junior at the University of Florida. She is working towards a double major in English and Criminology with a minor in Disability Studies. She works with various disability organizations in Florida and founded an organization on her campus that promotes disability advocacy. Sarah hopes to go to law school to practice disability law