Dot Nary received her doctorate in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas, under a training fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. She worked at several independent living centers in update New York and has been involved in disability-related research since the mid-1990’s. Her research interests focus on health promotion, community participation, and advocacy training for people with disabilities. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association, and founded and served as the first chair of the Accessibility Subcommittee of that section. She is a board member of Kansas Accessible Sports, and serves on the Consumer Advisory Board of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Recreational Technology Benefiting Persons with Disabilities [RECTECH], University of Chicago. She currently is a staff member for Project Workout on Wheels at KU, a randomized clinical trial testing an intervention to increase exercise for persons using wheelchairs. She has been active in the universal health care movement, and in efforts to provide community recreation access for all.