Executive Leadership & Expert Bios
Areas of Expertise
- Disability and Health
John E. Crews, DPA
Health Scientist, Vision Health Initiative, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
John E. Crews, DPA, is a Health Scientist with the Vision Health Initiative in the Division of Diabetes Translation of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Crews' specialties are vision impairment and aging, caregiving, and disability; his research interests also include health disparities among people with disabilities and aging with a disability.
Dr. Crews has more than 30 years of experience in vision rehabilitation and disability research. He managed a clinical program for older people with visual impairments in Michigan between 1977 and 1992. He then became the Acting Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Center on Aging at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Atlanta. In 1998, he joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Crews received his BA from Franklin College in Franklin, Ind. He received two Master of Arts degrees, one from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., and another from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. He received his DPA from Western Michigan University. He has written numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and two books, Vision Loss in an Aging Society and The Multiple Dimensions of Caregiving and Disability. Dr. Crews served on the Board of Trustees of the American Foundation for the Blind and on board committees of Lighthouse International. He was board chair of the National Literacy Center of the American Foundation for the Blind in Atlanta. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, and also serves on the National Commission on Vision and Health.
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