Roger O. Smith, Ph.D., O.T. FAOTA, RESNA Fellow
Professor; Director, Rehabilitation Research Design & Disability (R2D2) Center
Occupational Science & Technology
- Accessible Design
- Assistive Technology
- Universal Design
- Bifocals and Falling
- Outcome Measurement and Disability
Phone: (414) 229-5625
OT: (414) 229-4713
R2D2: (414) 229-6803
TTY: (414) 229-5628
Fax: (414) 229-5100
- Ph.D., Industrial Engineering (Human Factors and Health Systems), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
- M.O.T., Occupational Therapy, University of Washington, Seattle, 1980
- B.A., Psychology with co-major in Communications, Goshen College, Indiana, 1976
Interests & Expertise
Dr. Smith's research focuses on measurement related to disability and the application of assistive technology & universal design. In measurement, Dr. Smith examines assessments to determine their reliability and validity in use. He has created a software based evaluation system that uses a branching question structure called TTSS (Trichotomous Tailored Sub-branching Scoring). One component of Dr. Smith's current research specifically investigates the utility of the TTSS methodology as embedded in OTFACT software. Dr. Smith also investigates the effectiveness of assistive technology and universal design interventions on the lives of people with disabilities. Currently, Dr. Smith directs several federally funded projects. Dr. Smith has served as primary author and director for more than 30 grant and contract awards of over 8 million dollars of extramural sponsored research and training programs. These projects have supported many dozens of students in assistive technology training and in research support positions.
See the Rehabilitation Research Design & Disability (R2D2) Center website for more about current projects. http://www.r2d2.uwm.edu
The R2D2 Center is located at:
2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Enderis Hall, Room 135
Milwaukee, WI 53211
The R2D2 Center provides an interdisciplinary home for basic research, applied research and development, as well as innovative instruction related to technology and disability.
The R2D2 Center affiliates multiple college/school units in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, key linkages exist with the Departments of Occupational Science & Technology and Health Informatics & Administration in the College of Health Sciences, the Department of Exceptional Education in the School of Education, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and components of the campus Office of Information Technology.
Steinfeld, E., & Smith, R. O. (2012). Universal design for quality of life technologies. Proceedings of the IEE, 100(8), 2539-2559.
Watson, A. H., & Smith, R. O. (2012). Comparison of two school-based assistive technology outcome instruments. Technology & Disability, 24, 1-10.
Smith, R. O. (2010). Evidence based practice (EBP) in Universal Design. In J.L. Maisel (Ed.), The State of the Science in Universal Design: Emerging Research and Developments (pp. 31-46). Buffalo, NY: U.A.E.: Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
Watson, A. H., Ito, M., Smith, R. O., & Andersen, L. T. (2010). Effect of assistive technology in a public school setting. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 18–29.
Johnston, M., & Smith, R. O. (2010). Single Subject Designs: Current Methodologies and Future Directions. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 30, 2-6.
Mendelsohn, S., Edyburn, D. L., Rust, K. L., Schwanke, T. D., & Smith, R. O. (2008). Using assistive technology outcomes research to inform policy related to the employment of individuals with disabilities. Assistive Technology, 20, 139-148.
Fennema-Jansen, S., Edyburn, D. L., Smith, R. O., Wilson, S., & Binion, M. (2007). Developing a statewide system for providing and assessing outcomes of assistive technology. Journal of Special Education Technology, 22(1).
Noll, A., Owens, L., Smith, R. O., & Schwanke, T. (2006). Survey of state vocational rehabilitation counselor roles and competencies in assistive technology. WORK: Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation. 27(4).
Rust, K. L., & Smith, R. O. (2006). Perspectives of outcome data from assistive technology developers. Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, 3(1), 34-52.
Silverman, M., & Smith, R. O. (2006). Consequential validity of an assistive technology supplement for the School Functional Assessment. Assistive Technology, 18(2), 155-165.
Rust, K. L., & Smith, R. O. (2005). Assistive technology in the measurement of rehabilitation and health outcomes: A review and analysis of instruments. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84(10), 780-793.
Edyburn, D., Fennema-Jansen, S., Hariharan, P., & Smith, R. (2005). Assistive technology outcomes: Implementation strategies for collecting data in the schools. Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, 2(1).
Schwanke, T., & Smith, R. O. (2005). Assistive technology outcomes in work settings, WORK: Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 24(2).
Honors & Awards
- College of Health Sciences Dean’s Research Award, 2011.
- Inducted Academy of Research, American Occupational Therapy Foundation, 2010.
- Fellow of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), 2004.
- College of Health Sciences Dean’s Research Award, 2002.
- School of Allied Health Dean’s Research Award, 1999.
- Pin Dot Outstanding Paper Award, in the journal Assistive Technology, RESNA, 1997.
- Byoung Kim Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2008.
- Golden Apple Teaching Award, School of Allied Health Professions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1996.
- National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, NICHD, NIH, 2012-.
- Board of Directors and Executive Committee, RESNA, Rehabiliation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, 2012-.
- Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association – Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011.
- American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Service Award, 2009.
- Occupational Therapy Alumnus of the Year Award, University of Washington, 2006.
- Award of Appreciation, Southeast District Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000.
- Certificate of Appreciation, RESNA, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, 1997.
- Service Award, American Occupational Therapy Association, Technology Special Interest Section Standing Committee, 1995.
- Service Award, American Occupational Therapy Association, Uniform Terminology Task Force - Commission on Practice, 1989.
- Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA), 1993.
- Certificate of Recognition, Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association, 1986.
- Award of Excellence, Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon, 1983.
- Marquette University, Biomedical Engineering, and Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Departments
- Medical College of Wisconsin, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Radiology Departments
- University of Wisconsin - Platteville
- University of Wisconsin - Parkside
- University of Wisconsin – Madison
- Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc.
- Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee
- Pathways to Independence, Wisconsin Department of Health Services