Karen Frost Bertocci

Associate Professor (Term), Bioengineering


Karen Frost Bertocci, Ph.D, M.B.A is an Associate Professor (Term) in the Bioengineering Department. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and held various positions working for companies in the fields of environmental remediation, hospital construction management and software development. She completed her M.B.A. from Duquesne University in 1997 while working for Carnegie Group, Inc. as manager of contract administration. Two years later she began doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences as a recipient of a pre-doctoral fellowship award from the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). While completing her doctorate degree she also worked for Dynamic Contours, LLC, as principal investigator on two Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants. She received her Ph.D. in 2004, and joined the University of Louisville to complete post-doctoral training. She completed a post-doc in rehabilitation outcomes following hip and knee arthroplasty from the School of Nursing, and a second post-doc in wheelchair transportation safety from the Mechanical Engineering Department at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. During her post-doc training she earned a Certificate in Clinical, Research, and Epidemiological Statistics Training (CREST) from the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. She joined the J.B. Speed School of Engineering as an Assistant Professor in 2009.

Academic Experience

Pyschosocial Aspects of Disability and Assistive Technology, Medical Aspects of Disability

Research Experience

Wheelchair transportation and safety on fixed-route and paratransit vehicles; ADA accessibility in health care for individuals with mobility disabilities, disability outcomes, rehabilitation outcomes following total hip and total knee arthroplasty,

Service Experience

Veterans Administration Scientific Review Group, RRD4; Standing Member Peer-review of manuscripts for 5 peer-reviewed journals Research mentoring; graduate students & junior faculty