January 2019

NUPOC Appoints New Director

Chad Duncan, PhD, CRC, CPO, has been appointed director of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC), Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Duncan, an associate professor and clinical educator at NUPOC, assumed this position January 1, succeeding John W. Michael, MEd, CPO, the director since 2009. Michael will continue as an educator and will support and facilitate the transition.

A NUPOC graduate, Duncan received his certificate training in prosthetics (1997) and orthotics (1999). He earned a certificate in rehabilitation leadership and management in 2009, a doctorate in rehabilitation services in 2008, a master of science degree in rehabilitation counseling in 2006, and a bachelor of science degree in rehabilitation services in 1995 —all from Auburn University.

Duncan has presented lectures and supervised students in their clinical practicums and has served as capstone coordinator, curriculum development coordinator, and faculty co-advisor to the NUPOC Student Society. He helped launch a special interest society in the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) and serves as director of the Academy’s Midwest Chapter. Duncan is an active contributor and leader in multiple national, regional, and state professional organizations, including his service as president of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. He also helped establish the first master’s degree P&O program at Alabama State University, a Historically Black College and University. Duncan has published and presented his studies nationally and internationally; has served in editorial positions for the American Board of Vocational Experts, Journal for Forensic Vocational Analysis, and Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling; and has received several professional awards.

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