University Consortium Member

Robert Wall Emerson

Robert Wall Emerson

Western Michigan University
robert.wall@wmich.edu 

Robert Wall Emerson is a Canadian who came to the states to study and never found his way back home. He worked as an itinerant vision teacher in the frozen north in Canada and did a variety of stints as a vision teacher and O&M instructor in Tennessee.

He received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and, while there, was involved in research projects looking at in how people who are blind use sound to navigate, the biomechanics of long cane use, an fMRI study on recruitment of visual centers in the brain during braille reading, and the impact of optical devices on low vision reading. Rob moved up to Kalamazoo to take a post at Western Michigan University in 2004, where he has continued his research and expanded his interests to include development of braille literacy skills, access to complex intersections such as roundabouts, and the impact of quiet vehicles on performance of O&M tasks. Rob lives in Kalamazoo with his wonderful wife Catherine and exceptional daughter Paisley.