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Table 3 Five most common professional fields of the research and development staff of the NIDILRR RERCs analyzed in this paper, shown in engineering/technical, clinical, and basic science categories. Percentage shown is the percent of the 595 total staff reported. Graduate students were included but not undergraduate students. Average number of staff reported per RERC = 35 +/- 13 SD. Also shown are the percentage of these staff who have a disability that gives first-hand experience with the problem on which that staff is working. Other fields besides the top five in each category are also listed; a total of 36 fields are involved in RERC work.

From: How a diverse research ecosystem has generated new rehabilitation technologies: Review of NIDILRR’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers

Engineering and Technical Fields 70% Clinical Fields 23% Basic Science Fields 7%
Biomed Engineering 19% Physical Therapy 6% Social Science 2%
Computer Science 14% Occupational Therapy 5% Ecology 0.8%
Mechanical Engineering 9% Speech/Lang Therapy 4% Neuroscience 0.6%
Electrical Engineering 7% Psychology 4% Exercise Science 0.5%
Industrial/Human Factors Eng 6% Prosthetics and Orthotics 2% Health Sciences 0.3%
OTHER: 15% OTHER: 2% OTHER: 2.8%
Civil Engineering   MD – PM&R   Biomechanics  
Materials Engineering   MD – Orthoped Surg   Biology  
Information Science   MD – Neurology   Gerontology  
Biostatistics   MD – Other   Cognitive Science  
Urban Planning   Nursing    
Architecture   Pharmacy    
Design   Public Health    
Accident Investigation      
Rehabilitation Engineering      
Has a disability that gives first-hand experience with the problem on which they are working? 5%   3%   3%