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Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow

Professor, Rehabilitiation Research Design & Disability Center Director

Education

Ph D Industrial Engineering (Human Factors and Health Systems Engineering) University of Wisconsin-Madison 1993
MOT Occupational Therapy University of Washington 1980
BA Psychology Goshen College 1976

Speaker Topics

  • Accessible Design
  • Assistive Technology
  • Universal Design
  • Bifocals and Falling
  • Outcome Measurement and Disability

Interests & Expertise

Roger O. Smith’s research focuses on measurement related to disability and the application of assistive technology and universal design. In measurement, 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 Smith’s current research specifically investigates the utility of the TTSS methodology as embedded in OTFACT software.

Smith also investigates the effectiveness of assistive technology and universal design interventions on the lives of people with disabilities. Currently, Smith directs several federally-funded projects.

Smith has served as primary author and director for more than 30 grant and contract awards of over $8 million of extramural-sponsored research and training programs. These projects have supported many dozens of students in assistive technology training and in research support positions.

Smith is the director of the R2D2 Center which 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 College of Health Sciences Departments of Occupational Science & Technology and Health Informatics & Administration and 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.

A list of current projects at the R2D2 Center can be viewed at the Center’s website at www.r2d2.uwm.edu.

Selected Publications

Gani, M. O., Saha, A. K., Ahsan, G. M., Ahamed, S. I., & Smith, R. O. (2017, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). A Novel Framework to Recognize Complex Activity..
Bondoc, S., Gitlow, L., Goodrich, B., & Smith, R. O. (2016, August). Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(Supplement_2), 7012410030p1.
Fiedler, G., Slavens, B. A., O’Connor, K. M., Smith, R. O., & Hafner, B. J. (2016, February). Effects of physical exertion on trans-tibial prosthesis users’ ability to accommodate alignment perturbations. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 40(1), 75-82.
Smith, R. O. (2016). The Emergence and Emergency of Assistive Technology Outcomes Research Methodology. Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, 10(1), 19-37.
Schwartz, J. K., & Smith, R. O. (2016, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Intervention Promoting Medication Adherence: A Randomized, Phase I, Small-NStudy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(6), 7006240010p1.
Schwartz, J. K., & Smith, R. O. (2015, November). A Win-Win: Benefits to Student Engagement in Intervention Research. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(2), 1-10.
Clayback, D., Hostak, R., Leahy, J. A., Minkel, J., Piper, M., Smith, R. O., & Vaarwerk, T. (2015). Standards for assistive technology funding: What are the right criteria? Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, 9(1), 40-55.
Negar, N., Williams, D., Schwartz, J., Ahamed, S. I., & Smith, R. O. (2014, June). Smartphone-based light intensity calculation application for accessibility measurement..
Tomashek, D., Smith, R. O., Schwartz, J., & Ahamed, S. I. (2014, June). Development, concurrent validity, and instrument reliability of the Access Slope Mini-Tool mobile app..
Majumder, J. A., Tomashek, D., Ahamed, S. I., & Smith, R. O. (2014, June). Towards a smart system of identifying steps for predicting falls in people with disabilities..
Baumann, R., Schwartz, J., & Smith, R. O. (2014, June). Creating accessible mobile applications: A case study of lessons and challenges..
Fiedler, G., Slavens, B. A., Smith, R. O., Briggs, D., & Hafner, B. J. (2014, June). Criterion and construct validity of prosthesis-integrated measurement of joint moment data in persons with trans-tibial amputation. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 30(3), 431-438.
Gani, O., Ahamed, S. I., Davis, S. A., & Smith, R. O. (2014, June). An approach to complex functional activity recognition using smartphone technologies..

Honors & Awards

UW-Milwaukee Accessibility Resource Center Award (2014) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dean’s Research Award (2011) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Lifetime Achievement Award (2011) Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
WOTA Lifetime Service Award (2011) Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Inducted Academy of Research (2010) American Occupational Therapy Foundation.
AOTA Service Award (2009) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Award (2009) American Occupational Therapy Association.
Byoung Kim Award for Teaching Excellence (2008) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Occupational Therapy Alumnus of the Year Award (2006) University of Washington.
Dean’s Research Award (2004) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Fellow (2004) Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).
Dean’s Research Award (2002) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Award of Appreciation (2000) Southeast District Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Award of Appreciation (1999) Southeast District Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Dean’s Research Award (1999) School of Allied Health Professions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Award of Appreciation (1998) Southeast District Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Award of Appreciation (1997) Southeast District Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Certificate of Appreciation (1997) Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).
Pin Dot Outstanding Paper Award (1997) Journal Assistive Technology, RESNA.
Award of Appreciation (1996) Southeast District Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Honorary Member (1996) Rho Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, Occupational Therapy Honor Society.
Golden Apple Teaching Award (1996, May) School of Allied Health Professions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Award of Appreciation (1995) Southeast District Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Award (1995) American Occupational Therapy Association, Technology Special Interest Section Standing Committee.
Supported Participant (1994) AOTA/NIH-NCMRR Grant Writers Workshop.
Fellow (1993) American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA).
Award of Appreciation (1991) Southeast District Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Service Award (1989) American Occupational Therapy Association, Uniform Terminology Task Force-Commission on Practice.
Certificate of Recognition (1986) Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association.
Marquis Who’s Who Directory of Professionals and Resources in Rehabilitation (1985) .
Award of Excellence (1983) Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon.

Research Partners

  • Marquette University, Biomedical Engineering, and Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Departments
  • Texas Women’s University
  • Temple University
  • Florida International University
  • Indiana University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology Departments
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Independence First, Milwaukee