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Dennis B. Tomashek, MS

Lecturer, Researcher
 Dennis Tomashek
(414) 229-6803
(414) 229-6843
Enderis Hall 135


MS Educational Psychology/Learning & Development University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee 2007
BFA Music Education University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1989

Speaker Topics

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

Interests & Expertise

One of  Dennis 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 Roger O. Smith on the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (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 College’s Department of Occupational Science & Technology (OS&T) and Kurt Beschorner (UWM Department of Materials Engineering) 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 Mark V. Johnston (OS&T) 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 OS&T with Inga Wang and Carol Haertlein-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.

Selected Publications

Beschorner, K. E., Milanowski, A., Tomashek, D., & Smith, R. O. (2013, September). Effect of multifocal lens glasses on the stepping patterns of novice wearers. Gait & Posture, 38(4), 1015-1020.
Brayton-Chung, A., Tomashek, D., & Smith, R. O. (2013, February). Fall Risk Assessment: Development of a Paradigm to Measure Multifocal Eyeglass Effects. Physical & Occupational Therapy In Geriatrics, 31(1), 47-60.
Goldsmith, P. A., & Tomashek, D. (2010). Failure of adaptation to multifocal lenses: Longitudinal evidence and implications on falling. Proceedings of American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference.
Tomashek, D. (2009, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Comparison of diagnostic groupings as predictors of mortality after inpatient rehabilitation. Proceedings of the ACRM-ASNR Joint Educational Conference. Building the Evidence Base for Rehabilitation Intervention: From Research to Clinical Care.