Sandra Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Health Professions Building 2 376
Areas I Teach: 

Sandra has been a member of the School of Occupational Therapy faculty for six years and brings more than 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 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.


1997 | PhD, Kinesiology, University of Wisconson-Madison

1992 | Master in Psychology, University of Wisconson-Madison

1991 | Master in Therapeutic Science, University of Wisconson-Madison

1984 | BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconson-Milwaukee

Recent Publications

Rogers, S. L. (2013). Physiological Influences on Occupational Performance. In C. H. Christiansen, C. M. Baum, & J. Bass-Haugen, Occupational Therapy Performance, Participation, and Well-Being (2nd Ed.). Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.

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.

Munoz, J. P., Farnworth, L., Hamilton, T., Prioletti, G., Rogers, S., Scuilli, J. & White, J. A. (2011). "Crossing Borders in Correctional Institutions." In F. Kronenberg, F., N. Pollard, & D. Sakellariou (Eds.) Occupational Therapy without Borders: Volume 2, Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier.

Rybski, M. & Rogers, S. L. (2011). Kinesiology Instructors Manual (2nd Ed.). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Publishing.

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.

Rogers, S. L. (2010). Developing Occupation-Centered Programs for the Community. [Review of the book]. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal.

Rogers, S. L. (2007). Occupation-based Intervention in Medical SettingsOT 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.


Rogers, S. L. & White, J. A. Evidence and Occupation-based Intervention In Community Corrections. American Occupational Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN. (Peer reviewed) 2012

Rogers, S.L., & Victoria, J. Programs for at-risk Youth: Partnerships that provide innovative services to youth and demonstrate effectiveness American Occupational Therapy Association, Indianapolis, IN. (Peer reviewed-accepted) 2012

Rogers, S.L. & Victoria, J. At-risk Youth: Partnerships and Programs, Oregon Occupational Therapy Association Portland, OR. 2011

Rogers, S. L., & Christiansen, C. H. Activity Engagement and Neuroendocrine Function: Testing a Needs-Based Model of Resilience. Society for the Study of Occupation, Park City, Utah. (Peer reviewed). 2011

Rogers, S. L., & White, J. A. Occupation Displacement and Community Corrections Offenders: The Usefulness of Concepts of Occupation on Assessment, Intervention, and Policy in Community Corrections. Society for the Study of Occupation, Park City, Utah (Peer reviewed). 2011

Rogers, S. L. Kiwanis Camp: Building a Future for OT at Camp. Washington Occupational Therapy Association, Bellingham, Wash. (Peer reviewed).

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, Texas. (Peer reviewed). 2011

Rogers, S. L. & White, J. A. Nutrition and Wellness: Relationship to Health. In-service for staff at Washington County Community Corrections. Hillsboro, Ore. (Peer reviewed) 2009

Rogers, S.L. Beyond the Peabody: Facing the Challenge of Pediatric Evaluations. Annual conference Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon, Portland. October 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, Texas. April 2009

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

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

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

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

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

Rogers, S. L. Implementing Occupation-Based Treatment in a Medical SettingAmerican Occupational Therapy Association. Charlotte, N.C. (Peer reviewed) May 2006

Rogers, S. L. Implications for Health and Wellness in Early and IntermediateStage Movement Disorders. American Occupational Therapy Association. Charlotte, N.C. (Peer reviewed-accepted) May 2006