Rochelle Mendonca, PhD, OTR/L

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Overview

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Occupational Therapy) at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Continuing Education

Gender

  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • MS, Occupational Therapy, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, Seth G.S. Medical College

Honors & Awards

Awards

  • Dissertation Fellow at the Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center (R2D2) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2008 to 2010)
  • Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2008)
  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation Graduate Student Award (2008-2009)
  • Graduate Student Scholarship at the International Conference Aging, Disability and Impairment (2008)
  • Student Scholarship Award at the Wisconsin Biotechnology and Medical Device Association (2008)
  • Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2007)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate Student Travel Award (2007)
  • Research Fellow at the Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center (R2D2) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2006-2007)
  • Student Design Award for the RESNA 29th International Conference on Thriving in Challenging Times: The Future of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, Atlanta, GA (2005)

Recognitions

  • Invited Keynote Presentation, POTA dinner meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
  • Member of the U.S. Access Board Committee for Medical Diagnostic Equipment Accessibility Standard Development, 2012-2014
  • Invited Keynote Presentation at the Sendex Symposium on Assistive Technology, Kintex, South Korea, 2012
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2006-Present

Journal Guest Reviewer Positions

  • Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 2018 - present
  • Disability and Rehabilitation – Assistive Technology, 2018 - present
  • Medical Decision Making, 2018 - present
  • Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2017-Present
  • RATE Journal, 2016 - present
  • Applied Ergonomics, 2015 - present
  • Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2014 - present
  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation- Horizons, 2013

Other Review and Consulting Positions

  • American Occupational Therapy Association Conference Abstract Reviewer, 2012
  • Advisory Committee Member for the Universal Design in Learning and Assistive Technology Certificate at West Chest University, Philadelphia, 2010

Research

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Johnson, M. J., Sobrepera, M., & Mendonca, R. (2019). Design of an affordable socially assistive robot for remote health and function monitoring and prognostication. International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management (IJPHM), 10(005), 15.

Maher, C. & Mendonca, R. (2018). Impact of an activity based program on health, quality of life and occupational performance of women with cancer. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(2),7202205040p1-7202205040p8. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2018.023663.

Maher, C., Yoon, S., Donovan, S., & Mendonca, R. (2018). Reliability of the Bulb Dynamometer for Assessing Grip Strength. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy,6(2)

Sebastian, M. & Mendonca, R. (2017). Evaluating factors that impact a computer training program for individuals with physical disabilities. Journal of Enabling Technologies, 11(4)

Sullivan, A. & Mendonca, R. (2017). Impact of a Fieldwork Experience on Attitudes Toward People with Intellectual Disabilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(6), 7106230010p1-7106230010p8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.025460

Johnson, M. J., Rai, R., Barathi, S., Mendonca, R., & Bustamante-Valles, K. (2017). Affordable Stroke Therapy in High, Low and Middle Income Countries: From Theradrive to Rehab CARES, a compact robot gym. Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering, 4, 1-12.

Mohan, M., Mendonca, R., & Johnson, M. J. (2017). Towards Quantifying Dynamic Human-Human Physical Interactions for Robot Assisted Stroke Therapy. 2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 913-918. doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2017.8009365

Grenier, M. L., Mendonca, R., Dalley, P. (2016). The effectiveness of orthoses in the conservative management of thumb CMC joint osteoarthritis: an analysis of functional pinch strength. American Journal of Hand Therapy, 29(3), 307-313.

Johnson, M. J., Christopher, S. M., Mohan, M., & Mendonca, R. (2015). Assessing human-human therapy kinematics for retargeting to human-robot therapy. 2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 870-875. doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2015.7281312

Lemke, M. R. & Mendonca, R. J. (2013). A question of accessibility: Understanding lay users of medical devices. Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology, 47(s1), 20-25.

Lahm, E. A. & Mendonca, R. (2008). Assistive Technology Assessment Tools. Technology in Action, 4(3).

Book Chapters

Mendonca, R., Maher, C., Cook, T., & Santalucia, S. (in press). Restoring Activities of Daily Living. In. S. Gutman & D. Dirette Powers (Eds.) Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction.

Maher, C. & Mendonca, R. (in press). Orthopaedic Conditions. In. S. Gutman & D. Dirette Powers (Eds.) Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction.

Johnson, M. & Mendonca, R. (in press). Rehabilitation Robotics. In A. Mihailidis & R. Smith (Eds.). Rehabilitation Engineering.

Fleming-Castaldy, R. P., DeRitis, C. M., & Mendonca, R. (in press). Mastery of the environment: Evaluation and intervention. In R.P. Flemming-Castaldy (Ed.). National Occupational Therapy Certification Exam: Review and Study Guide. (9th ed.), Evanston, IL: Therapy Ed/IER.

Mendonca, R. J., Pickens, N. D., & Smith, R. O. (2017). Environmental modifications: Ethics of assessment and intervention. Practical Applications for the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics. AOTA Press

Smith, R. O., Barnekow, K., Lemke, M. R., Mendonca, R., Winter, M., Schwanke, T., & Winters, J. M. (2007). Development of the MED-AUDIT (Medical Equipment Device-Accessibility and Universal Design Tool). In J. M. Winters and M. F. Story (Eds.), Medical Instrumental: Accessibility and Usability Considerations (pp. 283-296). Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Brochtrup, B. Lukic A., Mendonca, R. & Lauer, A. (2005). Accessible weight scale. In J.D. Enderle and B. Hallowell (Eds.), National Science Foundation 2005: Engineering senior design projects to aid persons with disabilities (pp. 310-311). Mansfield Centre, Connecticut: Creative Learning Press, Inc.

McGowan, D., Kim, J., Ahmad, A., Mendonca, R. & Sethi, A. (2005). Accessible exerciser: Handgrip assist. In J.D. Enderle and B. Hallowell (Eds.), National Science Foundation 2005: Engineering senior design projects to aid persons with disabilities (pp. 312-315). Mansfield Centre, Connecticut: Creative Learning Press, Inc.

Wall, E., Kim, J., Ahmad, A., Mendonca, R. & Sethi, A. (2005). Accessible exerciser: Leg support. In J.D. Enderle and B. Hallowell (Eds.), National Science Foundation 2005: Engineering senior design projects to aid persons with disabilities (pp. 316-317). Mansfield Centre, Connecticut: Creative Learning Press, Inc.

Book Reviewer

Vroman, K. & Stewart, E. (2013). Occupational Therapy Evaluation for Adults: A Pocket Guide

Refereed Proceedings and Abstracts

Johnson, M., Mendonca, R., Zollo, L., Coto-Solano, B., Bui, K. (2019). Neurorehaiblitation after cognitive and motor impairment. Proceedings of the 2019 International Rehabweek Conference.

Mendonca, R., Burns, S., Pickens, N., & Smith, R. O. (2019). Mobile health to support complex decision making in home evaluation: A preliminary analysis. Proceedings of the RESNA 2018 International Conference.

Mendonca, R., Pierce. A., Allen, M., & Johnson, M. J. (2018). Do therapists use object affordances to develop functional activities for task-oriented therapy: Implications for robot-assisted task-oriented therapy. Proceedings of the RESNA 2018 International Conference.

Mendonca, R., Burns, S. P., Pickens, N. D., & Smith, R. O. (2018). HESTIA - A home evaluation app: Usability Analysis. Proceedings of the RESNA 2018 International Conference.

Mendonca, R. & Johnson, M. J. (2018). Quantifying therapist-patient roles using video analysis during occupation based therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 7211500013p1. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-PO2008.

Mendonca, R., Bauer, A., Lyons, R., & Maher, C. (2018). Establishing Norms for the Bulb Dynamometer and Evaluating Pain and Comfort Differences between the Bulb and Jamar Dynamometers. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 7211500061p1. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-PO7005

Maher, C. & Mendonca, R. (2018). Evaluation of a one-week occupation based program on pain, fatigue, participation, and satisfaction of women with cancer living in the community. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 7211515234p1. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-PO3025

Burns, S. P., Smith, R. O., Mendonca, R., & Pickens, N. D. (2017). Integrating a participatory design approach: Developing HESTIA with multidisciplinary perspectives. Proceedings of the RESNA 2017 International Conference on Technology and Disability: Research, Design, Practice and Policy.

Johnson, M. J., Mohan, M., & Mendonca, R. (2017). A Stimulus-Response Model of Therapist-Patient Interactions: Implications for Robot-Patient Interactions in Task-Oriented Stroke Therapy. Proceedings of the RESNA 2017 International Conference on Technology and Disability: Research, Design, Practice and Policy.

Cook, T. & Mendonca, R. (2017). The effectiveness of a comprehensive home health program for functional independence of older adults in the home. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(4), 7111515219p1-7111515219p1

Mendonca, R. & Maher, C. (2017). Evaluation of a one-week occupation-based program on the health and participation of women with cancer living in the community. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(4), 7111515222p1-7111515222p1

Mendonca, R., Yhost, S., Santalucia, S. & Ideishi, S. (2017). Evaluation of the impact of animal assistive intervention on attention, social initiation, and regulation skills of children with disabilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(4), 7111515217p1-7111515217p1

Johnson, M. J., Mendonca, R., Venditti, N., Jordan, A., & Barathi, S. (2017). Do therapists use object affordances to develop functional activities for task-oriented therapy: Implications for robot-assisted task-oriented therapy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(10), e59.

Mendonca, R., Johnson, M. J., Laskin, S., Adair, L., & Mohan, M. (2017). Quantifying therapist practitioner roles using video-based analysis: Can we reliably model therapist-patient interactions during task oriented therapy? Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(10), e55-e56.

Fuji, C., Bettlach, A., Mendonca, R., & Parks, J. (2016). Exploring play in children with special needs: A photovoice study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(4), 7011500082p1-7011500082p1

Maher, C. & Mendonca, R. (2015). Evaluation of a one-week, occupation-based program on the health and participation of women with cancer. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(S1), 6911515157p1-6911515157p1

Mendonca, R., Griffiths, K., Waller, D., Strawbridge, M., & Sebastian, M. (2015). Impact of demographic and contextual factors on a computer-training program for people with physical disabilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(S1), 6911515066p1-6911515066p1

Mendonca, R. (August, 2012). Assistive Technology: A Review of Historical Perspectives, Economic Evaluations, and Future Directions. Proceedings of the 2012 Sendex Symposium on Assistive Technology.

Mendonca, R. & Smith, R. O. (2012). Effects of providing accessibility information to people with disabilities. Proceedings of the RESNA 2012 Conference.

Mendonca, R. & Smith, R. O. (2012). Effects of accessibility labeling on medical device purchase decisions of individuals with disabilities. Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Bridging the Gap.

Mendonca, R. & Smith, R. O. (2012). Development of a methodology to measure the accessibility of medical devices: The MED-AUDIT (Medical Equipment Device Accessibility and Universal Design Information Tool). Proceedings on the 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Bridging the Gap.

Mendonca, R. & Smith R. O. (2011). Effects of consumer demographics and impairment on medical device purchase preferences by individuals with disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(10), 1736-1737.

Mendonca, R. & Smith, R. O. (2011). Development of a methodology to measure accessibility. Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Best Practices in Universal Design.

Mendonca, R. & Smith, R. O. (2011). Effects of providing accessibility information to people with disabilities. Proceedings of the 2011 Quality of Life Technology Symposium Conference.

Mendonca R. & Smith, R. O. (2010). Effects of providing medical device accessibility information to individuals with disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91(10), e36-e37.

Mendonca, R. & Smith, R. O. (2010). Development and evaluation of a methodology to assess the consequences of providing accessibility information to people with disabilities. Proceedings of the RESNA 33rd International Conference on Making Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering a Sure Bet.

Mendonca, R. & Smith, R. O. (2009). New methodology to evaluate the consequences and usefulness of providing accessibility information. Proceedings of the RESNA 32nd International Conference on Technology and Disability: Research, Design, Practice and Policy.

Mendonca, R., Smith, R. O., Lemke, M. & Winters, J. (2008). Improving healthcare for elderly individuals through better technology accessibility. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Healthcare Systems.

Mendonca, R., Smith, R. O., Lemke, M. & Winters, J. (2008). Expert validation of the MED-AUDIT (Medical Equipment Device-Accessibility & Universal Design Information Tool). Proceedings of the RESNA 31th International Conference on Campaigning for Assistive Technology, Designing Policy, Promoting Research and Strengthening Practice.

Mendonca, R. J. (2008). Quantifying the accessibility of medical devices: Development and validation of the MED-AUDIT. Proceedings of the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence.

Mendonca, R. J., Jansen, C., Smith, R. O., John-Gomez, C., & Katz-Petted, L. (2008). Inter-disciplinary based evaluation and intervention for a senior home repair project. Proceedings of the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence.

Mendonca, R., Brochtrup, B., Lauer, A., & Lukic, A. (2005). Universally Accessible Weight Scale. Presented at the RESNA 28th International Conference on Technology and Disability: Research, Design, Practice and Policy.

Mendonca, R. (2005). Assessing the usability and the reliability of MED-AUDIT. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Great Lakes Biomedical Conference, Biomedical Informatics: Applications, Achievements, and Frontiers: The Milwaukee Chapter of IEEE EMBS.

Proprietary/Non-Proprietary Technical Reports

Mendonca, R., Jansen, C., & Siegler, S. (2007). Home safety and accessibility assessment. Unpublished home assessment, UW-Milwaukee.

Mendonca, R. (2005). RERC-AMI R3 resource document: Measuring accessible medical instrumentation: Annotated bibliography. Retrieved from the World Wide Web: http://www.r2d2.uwm.edu/rerc-ami/archive/measuringami.html

Pizur-Barnekow, K., Lemke, M., Smith, R. O., Winter, M. & Mendonca, R. (2005). RERC-AMI R3 resource document: MED-AUDIT impairment categories: Working towards mapping AMI usability. Retrieved from the World Wide Web: http://www.r2d2.uwm.edu/rerc-ami/archive/impairments.pdf

Lemke, M., Winter, M., Pizur-Barnekow, K., Mendonca, R., Schwanke, T, Winters, J., & Smith, R. O. (2005). RERC-AMI R3 Resource Document: MED-AUDIT Black Box System (BBS) Taxonomy. Available on the World Wide Web at www.r2d2.uwm.edu/rerc-ami/r3resources.html

Lemke, M., Winter, M., Pizur-Barnekow, K., Mendonca, R., Schwanke, T, Winters, J., & Smith, R. O. (2005). RERC-AMI R3 Resource Document: MED-AUDIT Expert User System (EUS) Taxonomy. Available on the World Wide Web at www.r2d2.uwm.edu/rerc-ami/r3resources.html