Frank J. Lane, Ph.D.
Dr. Frank Lane joined the IIT Rehabilitation Psychology program in 2006 and is currently an associate professor. He joined IIT as the Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Technology program. He was named the Head of the Division of Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology programs in 2010, Associate Chair in 2015 and the Chair of the Department of Psychology in 2019.
Dr. Lane earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science with an emphasis on behavioral and emotional integration at the University of Florida. His doctoral training prepared him for interdisciplinary research; an emphasis that resonates throughout his teaching and research. Dr. Lane has 15 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in rehabilitation and psychology. He has experience teaching in traditional and distance education venues utilizing Blackboard platform.
Dr. Lane is trained as a psychotherapist. He is a Certified as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois. He has over 19 years of clinical and administrative experience directing programs in state-federal vocational rehabilitation, vocational work evaluation, and private-sector rehabilitation.
Dr. Lane teaches Introduction in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (PSYC 410) and Psychopathology (PSYC 588). He also teaches specialized courses in Rehabilitation Engineering Technology (RET) that consist of Survey of Interdisciplinary Applications of Rehabilitation Engineering Technology (PSYC 583); Access to Independence through Assistive Technology (PSYC 584); Fieldwork in Applications of Assistive Technology (PSYC 585); and Inter-professional Project: Assistive technology for persons with disabilities (IPRO 310). Dr. Lane also supervises students who are engaged in clinical counselor practicum and internship.
Dr. Lane currently serves as an editorial board member for the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletinand the Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling.
Dr. Lane formerly served as the President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) (2010), the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Council on Rehabilitation Education (2011-2017), and the head of the Council on Public Relations and Awareness, and Public Policy and Legislation (2006-2008) for the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA).
Research & Major Accomplishments
Dr. Lane’s major research focus since 2009 is the end-user perspectives of individuals who are blind and appropriate for a neural implant to restore visual perception. He is currently the co-principal investigator of a grant through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the NIH; a member of the research team that is preparing for the first human trial of an intracortical visual prosthesis. Dr. Lane received $1,000,000 for the current project and is responsible for education, recruitment, screening and follow-up of participants in the clinical trial. He has been conducting interviews since 2009 with prospective candidates of a visual implant and recipients of a visual prosthesis to determine what information is important to the end users of technology, participation in a clinical trial, and as a basis for designing an the technology and an informed consent process.
Dr. Lane has been the principal investigator of over $2,374,750 in rehabilitation counseling long-term training grants (See grant funding below) since joining IIT in 2006. He serves as the Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Technology (RET) program, which consists of coursework that emphasizes rehabilitation engineering technology. The emphasis of the training grants is focused on the professional preparation of rehabilitation professionals. The content of the coursework has been to train practitioners and researchers on the appropriate assessment of persons with disabilities to identify appropriate technology that will improve independent functioning.
Awards & Honors
National Institutes of Health, National Institute Of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Early Feasibility Study clinical trial of an intracortical visual prosthesis (ICVP), Award Number UG3NS0955. Five-year project from July 2016-June 2021, total award $11,800,000, Co-Principal Investigator. individual award $1,000,000.
U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center Preparation for Implantation of an Intracortical Visual Prosthesis in a Human Two-year project from September 2012 to August 2014. $999,087.Co-Principal Investigator
U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Long-term Training Grant,CFDA 84.129B Long-term training in Rehabilitation Counseling Program. Five-year project funded from 2014-2019. $1,000,000, Principal Investigator, Program Director
U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Long-term Training Grant,CFDA 84.129B Long-term training in Rehabilitation Counseling Program. Five-year project funded from 2010-2015. $750,000, Principal Investigator, Program Director
U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Long-term Training Grant,CFDA 84.129B Part-Time Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling and Full-Time Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program. Five-year project funded from 2009-2014. $750,000, Principal Investigator, Program Director
U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Long-term Training Grant,CFDA H1 129E Rehabilitation Engineering Technology. Five-year project funded from 2008-2013. $499,750, Principal Investigator, Program Director
U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Long-term Training Grant,CFDA H1 129L Undergraduate Education. Five-year project funded from 2007-2012. $375,000, Principal Investigator, Program Director
Lane, F. J. (2015). Participant perspectives from a cortical vision implant study: Ethical and psychological implications. Proceeds from the7thInternational IEEE EMBS conference on Neural Engineering.
Lane, F. J., Nitsch, K., Huyck, M. Troyk, P., and Schug, K. (2014). Perspectives of optic nerve prostheses. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-9. DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2014.961178.
Lane, F. J.,Shaw, L. R., Young, M.E., & Bourgeois, P. J. (2012). Rehabilitation Counselor’s perceptions of workplace culture and the influence on ethical behavior. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 55, 219-231.
Lane, F. J., Huyck, M. H, Troyk, P. R. & Schug, K. (2012) Responses of potential users to the intracortical visual prosthesis: Final themes from the analysis of focus group data. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 7, 304-313.
Lane, F. J, Huyck, M. H., & Troyk, P. R. (2011) Planning for the first human intracortical visual prosthesis by using pilot data from focus groups of potential users, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology,6,139-147.