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Roger I. Ideishi

Professor of Instruction




  • JD, Temple University
  • BS, Occupational Therapy, University of Washington


Roger I. Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA is a professor in the occupational therapy program. His work focuses on creating community access and opportunity for children with diverse sensory and cognitive abilities. He advises community organizations on building meaningful learning experiences for children and their families. The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), Flint Institute of Arts (Flint, MI), Michigan Council of Arts & Cultural Affairs (Lansing, MI), Minnesota Orchestra (Minneapolis, MN), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Ballet & Philadelphia Orchestra (Philadelphia, PA) are some of the community organizations where he advises. He has published and presented his work in regional, national, and international venues. He has been a guest faculty at Tokyo Metropolitan University for the past few years. He is currently a principal investigator on a funded project examining the cultural and linguistic factors for English language learning families of children with autism interfacing with the health, education, and community service systems. He is a co-investigator on a Canadian Institute of Health Research international project (Canada, Australia, USA) exploring the factors, impacts, and outcomes of engagement in pediatric rehabilitation settings. He is a co-investigator on a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) award exploring stakeholder needs for community participation of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities. He received his BS in Occupational Therapy from University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and his JD from Temple University Law School. He is on the Board of Trustees for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy.

Research Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Disability
  • Community Based Program Evaluation
  • Community Based Treatment Interventions
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Minority Health