Joseph Michael Pellerito Jr
Dr. Joseph Pellerito Jr. has been widely recognized for his steadfast commitment to excellence working as an administrator, researcher, professor, consultant, entrepreneur, and master clinician in the private, academic, and public sectors. He believes that dedicated leadership, teaching, and research can result in transformational ways of thinking and doing.
Dr. Pellerito earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Medical Sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Technology in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; and a Baccalaureate of Science (B.S.) in Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University Lee Honors College, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He was recently elected to the Catholic Charities Board of Directors Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan and has held other leadership positions including Associate Professor, Chair, and Program Director at Western Michigan University; Associate Professor, Chair, and Program Director at Wayne State University; Founder, CEO, and Chief Consultant at Pellerito + Associates, LLC, Abilities Group LLC, and HEROES NATION lc; Vice President of Research and Consumer Technology at iCan!; and Administrator, Director, and Senior Therapist at Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in The Detroit Medical Center.
Dr. Pellerito founded the Princess Party and is the planning committee’s chairman; cofounded and served as inaugural Managing Editor of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT); published the first textbook on driver rehabilitation and community mobility, other textbooks on topics important to the disability community, and scholarly and consumer oriented articles in refereed journals and online; and is frequently invited to speak and lead workshops throughout North America on disability related issues; resilience, health, and wellness; and reputation management for health professionals.