Dennis B. Tomashek, M.S.

Researcher, Lecturer

[Image] Dennis Tomashek

Enderis Hall, Room 135
Phone: (414) 229-5930
Fax: (414) 229-6843


Occupational Science & Technology, Rehabilitiation Research Design & Disability (R2D2) Center

Speaker Topics

  • Multifocal Eyeglasses and Falls
  • Accessibility in Education
  • Home Activity Monitoring
  • Research Methods in Health Care

Interests & Expertise

One of Researcher Tomashek’s interests is assessing the accessibility of students’ educational experiences on post-secondary education campuses. This connects to his background in education and educational psychology. He is also currently working with Dr. Roger O. Smith on the NIDRR funded Access of Buildings-Rating (AR-B) grant to develop an app for handheld devices which will allow users to search the accessibility of a particular building or business or enter data about an accessibility problem they have encountered.

Another research area is the role of multifocal glasses on the gait of users and their role in increasing fall risk which began with the R2D2 Center’s NIDRR-funded BIFOCAL Grant. Currently he is working with students in the OS&T Department and Dr. Kurt Beschorner on developing a valid tool for clinicians to assess patients who are potentially at higher risk for falling when wearing multifocal lens eyeglasses, and studying the effects of these glasses on people with Parkinson’s Disease.

In the past, he has worked as a statistician with Dr. Mark V. Johnston on the NIDRR funded Adverse Outcomes grant, which employed a large patient database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), examining the variables which lead to increased rehospitalization and mortality.

He also teaches evidence-based practice courses in the OS&T Department with Drs. Wang and Hartlein-Sells. He hopes to continue to increase knowledge in the field of research methodology in health care, especially for low-incidence populations and for people with disabilities for whom standard testing protocols and statistical methods are not practical.

Recent Publications

Johnston, M. V., & Tomashek, D. (2009). Poster 93: Adverse Outcomes Following Inpatient Rehabilitation: Predictive Relationships in a Nationwide Database. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90(10), e40.

Tomashek, D., & Johnston, M. V. (2009). Poster 92: Comparison of Diagnostic Groupings as Predictors of Mortality After Inpatient Rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90(10), e39-e40.