Associate Professor - Clinical
Director of Rehabilitation Science and Technology - Assistive Technology Center

406 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Phone: (614) 293-7876

Email: carmen.digiovine@osumc.edu

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

      • Rehabilitation Engineering
      • Assistive Technology
      • Rehabilitation Technology

Research Focus

Carmen P. DiGiovine’s research focus is on the application of science and technology to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities.  His most recent research activities include investigating the role of nutrition and wheelchair seating systems on the development of pressure ulcers, the effect of wheelchair rugby on the overall health of the shoulder, and the assessment of the assistive technology service delivery process through the use of outcome measures. Dr. DiGiovine is also interested in program development of assistive technology service delivery programs and the role of rehabilitation engineering in the field of assistive technology.

Recent Publications

Sawatzky B, DiGiovine CP, Berner TF, Roesler T, Katte L, The Need for Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Preservation of Upper Extremities in Manual Wheelchair Users: A Position Paper, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol 94, No. 4, pp. 313-324, 2015.

Arledge S, Armstrong W, Babinec M, Dicianno B, DiGiovine CP, Dyson-Hudson TA et al. RESNA Wheelchair Service Provision Guide. Arlington, VA: RESNA; 2011.

DiGiovine C, Rosen L, Berner T, Betz K, Roesler T, and Schmeler M. RESNA Position on the Application of Ultralight Manual Wheelchairs. Arlington, VA: RESNA: 2012

Recent Presentations

Berner TF, Sawatzky B, DiGiovine CP, Roesler RL, The Clinician Scientist in the Seating and Mobility Clinic: A Foundation for Education, Research and Clinical Practice. International Seating Symposium: 2016 Conference,  pp 225-228, March 2-4, 2014: Vancouver, BC, Canada.

DiGiovine CP, Metzler SA, Tufts II L.E, Whole Body Vibration Measurement System for Power Wheelchairs. International Seating Symposium: 2016 Conference,  pp 152-156, March 2-4, 2014: Vancouver, BC, Canada.

DiGiovine CP, Donahue M, Bahr P, Bresler M, Klaesner J, and Pagadal R, Rehabilitation Engineers, Technologists, and Technicians: Vital Members of the Assistive Technology Team, Proceedings of the RESNA 2015 Annual Conference, June 11-14, 2015: Denver, CO.

Courses Taught

  • Assistive Technology
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Capstone Design

Major Awards

  • June 2015 - Samuel McFarland Mentorship Award - Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), Arlington, VA
  • May 2014 - Courage to Teach, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University


  • 2001: PhD, Bioengineering - University of Pittsburgh
  • 2000: M.S., Bioengineering - University of Pittsburgh
  • 2000: Certificate in Rehabilitation Engineering - University of Pittsburgh
  • 1995: B.S., General Engineering, Option in Bioengineering - University of Illinois

My Research Links

My Research Links