Speaker Biographies

Keynote Speaker: Matt Davis

Matt is a 51 year old adult with Spina Bifida. He is from Bowling Green, KY, and currently resides there as well. He has been with the Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC) at Western Kentucky University since August, 2001, and has been recently appointed Assistant Director of the SARC. He graduated with both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Western Kentucky University. He is on the Kentucky Statewide Vocational Rehabilitation Council. He has also served on the KATS Advisory Network for the State of Kentucky. He is past-president of the Kentucky Association of Higher Education and Disability. He is also a past-president of the National Wheelcats. The NW are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide access to exercise/adaptive sports programs for individuals/groups in the Kentucky/Tennessee region. He serves on the Western Kentucky University ADA Advisory Committee as well as being an adjunct faculty in the Department of Social Work at WKU. He is also on the Achilles International-Nashville Chapter Board of Directors.

In addition to wheelchair racing, Matt participates in a variety of wheelchair sports, including basketball, tennis, sled hockey, and softball. He also swims for cross training. Matt has been wheelchair racing since 1997 and has participated in over 200 races, including 66 marathons. He has participated in the Oita International Wheelchair Marathon in Oita, Japan 16 times, as well as the Seoul Wheelchair Marathon in Korea in 2006. Matt has participated in the Boston Marathon in 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and will participate in 2018. He also competes in other major competitions both regionally and across the United States.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Andrew Zabel

Dr. T. Andrew Zabel is a clinical neuropsychologist who currently serves as the Clinical Director of the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. He has been the neuropsychology consultant to Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Spina Bifida Clinic since 2000, and consults with both the Spina Bifida Association (Professional Advisory Council since 2010) and the Hydrocephalus Association (Medical Advisory Board since 2016). The adaptive and executive functioning of individuals with Spina Bifida has been a longstanding area of interest for Dr. Zabel, and he has provided numerous presentations to both local and national Spina Bifida organizations on these topics. His interest in this area involves creative solutions to common problems encountered by individuals with Spina Bifida, with an emphasis upon “low tech” and “high tech” interventions.

With regard to credentials, Dr. Zabel is a licensed psychologist in Maryland, a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist (AABP), and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Zabel received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Drexel University of Philadelphia in 2000, and completed both his internship and two-year post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.