Research Associate Professor, Department of Disability and Human Development, UIC
Associate Director for Research in the RRTCDD
Dr. Marks directs research programs related to the empowerment and advancement of persons with disabilities through health promotion, health advocacy, and primary health care. She is the past President of the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities an organization focused on recruiting, promoting, and retaining students and nurses with disabilities and chronic conditions, along with advocating health and safety for employees with disabilities and chronic conditions.
She co-edited a special issue in Nursing Clinics of North America on health issues for persons with developmental disabilities, a Feasibility Study Report to advance nursing education at Bel-Air Sanatorium and Hospital in Panchgani, Maharashtra, India through the WHO Collaborating Center, UIC, and a monograph on Primary Health Care in the Americas for the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. In February 2009, Dr. Marks produced a documentary with Bronwynne Evans, RN, PhD entitled Open the Door, Get ‘Em a Locker: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities. In 2015, she co-hosted a conference titled “Promoting Health and Safety for Workers with Disabilities.” She has authored two books published in 2010 entitled: Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities and Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities: Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program.