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Mary Roduta Roberts, PhD, BScOT

Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation Medicine

Occupational Therapy

About Me


  • PhD (Measurement, Evaluation, and Cognition), Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, 2012
  • BScOT (Occupational Therapy), University of Alberta, 2000

Clinical Experience

  • Home Care (Long Term Care), Community Care Services - Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Admissions Unit, Alberta Hospital Ponoka, Alberta Mental Health Board

Professional Affiliations

  • Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT)
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), Division D: Measurement and Research Methodology, Division I: Education in the Professions
  • National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)

Background Information

Dr. Roduta Roberts is a registered Occupational Therapist (OT) in Alberta. She has clinical experience in acute geriatric psychiatry, and community-based clinical and case management experience working with adults with disabilities and older adults with chronic health conditions and complex needs. Dr. Roduta Roberts completed her PhD in Measurement, Evaluation, and Cognition and maintains an active research program focusing on methods for assessment and evaluation within health professions and interprofessional education. Professionally, she has provided consultant services related to quantitative research methods and design, applied measurement, statistical analysis, and the design and reporting of certification test scores. Dr. Roduta Roberts joined the Department of Occupational Therapy as an instructor in August 2011 and began her faculty appointment at the University of Alberta in July 2013.


Dr. Roduta Roberts draws from diverse academic backgrounds to improve research and practice in health professions education and educational measurement. Her research aims to contribute to best practices in assessment, support and promote evidence-based decision making, and demonstrate the potential of assessment for enabling achievement of educational and social outcomes. As an education researcher, Dr. Roduta Roberts works to support the development of competent health professionals who continue to be active learners and contribute positively to the lives of their clients and communities. Her research is collaborative in nature, working with instructors, curriculum groups, and other educational and health researchers both locally and internationally. Dr. Roduta Roberts also collaborates with health research teams and advises students on projects involving quantitative methods, research design, and applied measurement. Her education research has been funded by the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Areas of research interest include educational assessment, performance assessment, communication of assessment results/score reporting, assessment validation, uses of technology to facilitate assessment, clinical reasoning and judgment, health professions education including interprofessional education, applied measurement, and integrating multiple methods in research design.


Dr. Roduta Roberts has taught and coordinated multiple courses within the occupational therapy curriculum. Her current teaching areas are assessment and evaluation of occupational performance and integration of theory, evidence, and skills in occupational therapy practice.