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Mary Roduta Roberts, PhD, BSc.OT.

Assistant Professor

Rehabilitation Medicine

Occupational Therapy

About Me


Ph.D. – Educational Psychology with specialization in measurement, evaluation, and cognition – University of Alberta – 2012

BSc.O.T. – Occupational Therapy – University of Alberta – 2000 

Professional Affiliations

Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT)

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)

Background Information

Dr. Roduta Roberts has been a registered Occupational Therapist (O.T.) in Alberta since 2000. Her clinical experiences include working as an O.T. in acute geriatric psychiatry and as an O.T./case manager in home/community care with adult and older adult populations. She has been employed in hospital and community settings as well as educational institutions.  

Dr. Roduta Roberts completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Mark Gierl, working on the development and reporting of cognitively diagnostic assessments. An objective of this research was to increase the informational value of educational assessments in order to support effective instruction and to promote student learning.

Professionally, she has provided consultant services related to quantitative research methods, measurement, statistical analysis, and design and reporting of certification test scores. She 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.


Professional Interests

Dr. Roduta Roberts’ research aims to inform best practices to support the development of competent health professionals who continue to be active learners and contribute positively to the lives of their clients and work environments. To this end, she engages in research in assessment, evaluation, and reporting of student competencies within the occupational therapy and interprofessional education contexts. More specific interests, shaped by her clinical-work experiences, methodological training, and interdisciplinary focus, include: Development of clinical reasoning and professional expertise over time; feedback and self-regulated learning; integration of technology with instruction, assessment, and curriculum design; and technology use in practice. To address her research interests, Dr. Roduta Roberts employs multiple methods including factor analysis, structural equation modeling, cognitive-psychometric methods, and verbal report methodology.