Sandra Rogers, PhD, OTR/L


Sandra has been a member of the School of Occupational Therapy faculty for 6 years and brings over 12 years of blending clinical and teaching experiences, as well as an impressive record of research and grant funding. Sandra's primary practice experiences have been with both children and adults with neurological disorders, and her research has focused on understanding the influence of treatment interventions on mind and body physiology. She plans to apply this cutting-edge research knowledge to practice with the goal of fostering independence and wellness of clients through better understanding of OT interventions. She proudly participates in many interprofessional activities with faculty and students to serve clients, including services at Miller Education Center, Stroke Camp NW,  and project SustAIn. Stroke Camp NW was recognized by an award from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration, in collaboration with Portland State University, University Occupation and Physical Therapy programs, and our community partners. Learn more about Stroke Camp NW at, and our award for this unique and important service.

Sandra integrates her rigorous approach to practice and research into the classroom, helping students develop critical thinking skills as they apply the basic tenets of occupational therapy to real life problems. Students and colleagues have recognized Sandra's teaching talents with the Presidents Award for Excellence in Professional Education, which is easy to understand when one hears Sandra's enthusiasm for the profession and what she believes to be the great privilege of sharing her knowledge and skills with her students. Sandra serves as  the Book Review Editor Journal of Occupational Science.

Sandra loves reading and spending time outdoors with her family. Now that they are living in the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband balance their work lives as they further hone their kayaking, sailing and windsurfing skills in waters all along the Pacific Northwest and explore the Oregon coast via geocaching with their daughters.





Recent Publications

White, J.A., Rogers, S., Hamilton, T., & Grass, C. (2012). Occupational therapy in criminal justice. In L. Cara & A. MacRae (Eds) Psychosocial occupational therapy: A clinical practice. (3rd ed.). Florence, KY:  Delmar Cengage.

Christiansen, C. Haertl, K. Rogers, S. (In press). Evaluation to Plan Intervention C. Christiansen & K. Matuska (Eds.) Ways of Living: Adaptive Strategies for Special Needs (4th Ed.). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.

Rogers, S.L. (2010) Common Diagnosis in Pediatric OT. In J. Case-Smith & J. O’brien (Eds.), Occupational Therapy for Children (6th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby.

Christiansen, C.,H. Rogers, S.L., & Haertl, K. (In Press) Functional Evaluation and Management of Self-care and Other Activities of Daily Living in J. DeLisa, Rehabilitation Medicine: Principles and Practice, 5th Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Munoz, J. P., Farnworth, L., Hamilton, T., Prioletti, G., Rogers, S., Scuilli, J. & White, J. A. (In progress). Crossing Borders in Correctional Institutions. In F. Kronenberg, F., N. Pollard, & D. Sakellariou (Eds.). Occupational Therapy without Borders (2nd Ed.), Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Rogers, S. L. (2007). Occupation-based Intervention in Medical Settings. OT Practice, 12(15), 10-16.

Rogers, S. L. (2006). The client in the community environment. In N. E. Beckley, Neurorehabilitation for stroke (Neurorehabilitation Self-Paced Clinical Course Series) Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Rogers, S. L. (2005). Portrait of Occupational Therapy. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 19(1), 70-79.

Tinsley-Li, S. & Rogers, S. (2005) Developmental Considerations. In Hersen, M. (Ed.), Clinician’s Handbook of Child Behavioral Assessment, (pp. 25-63). Burlington, MA:Elsevier.



October 2009    Rogers, S.L. Beyond the Peabody: Facing the Challenge of Pediatric

Evaluations. Annual conference Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon,              Portland Oregon.

April 2009         Hunt, L. & Rogers, S. L. Tech Savvy Students and Clients Use              Podcasting, Are We? Learn How to Use This Valuable Technology to Enhance Teaching in the Classroom and Clinic. AOTA Annual Conference, Houston, TX.

Dec 2008          Rogers, S. L. & White, J. A. Physical Activity and Wellness: Relationship to Health. Inservice for staff at Washington County Community Corrections.      Hillsboro, OR.

May 2008          Munoz, J.P., Hamilton, T.B., Hooper, B., Rogers, S., Sciulli, J., White, J.A.. Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in Correctional Institutions.         AOTA Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA

October 2007     Rogers, S. L. & Zulak, P. Occupational Therapy Evidence-Based Practice. Oregon Occupational Therapy Association. Portland, Oregon.

October 2007     Munoz, J., White, J.A., Hooper, B., Hamilton, T. & Rogers, S.L. Occupational Therapy in a Community Corrections Institution: Support for Occupational Enrichment. Society for Study of Occupation:USA. Albuquerque, NM

October 2007      Rogers, S.L. Community Corrections and Occupation-Based Intervention. California Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, San Jose, CA.

April 2007           Rogers, S. L. Occupational Therapy in a Community Corrections Institution:  Support for Occupational Enrichment. AOTA Annual Conference, St. Louis.


Sept 2006           Rogers, S. L. Science behind the art of intervention: A review of       Neuroscience for Therapists. Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon.           Eugene, OR (Peer reviewed)

May 2006           Rogers, S. L. Implementing Occupation-Based Treatment in a Medical Setting American Occupational Therapy Association. Charlotte, NC. (Peer reviewed)

May 2006           Rogers, S. L. Implications for Health and Wellness in Early and Intermediate Stage Movement Disorders. American Occupational Therapy Association.

Charlotte, NC. (Peer reviewed-accepted)