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Rochelle Mendonca

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Associate Professor of Instruction


3307 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140


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


Rochelle Mendonca, PhD, OTR/L, is an associate professor of instruction in the Occupational Therapy program in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. She completed her masters of science in occupational therapy and PhD in health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her interests and research revolve around evaluation of accessibility and participation for individuals with disabilities. She has worked for numerous years on evaluating accessibility of medical devices for people with disabilities and has served on the United States Access Board Committee to develop standards for medical device accessibility.
Dr. Mendonca also works extensively measuring the outcomes of assistive technology (including robotics technology) to establish the impact of assistive technology on the lives of people with disabilities. An additional area of research focus for Dr. Mendonca is the impact of activity based on interventions on the quality of life and participation of women diagnosed with cancer. She has been funded both federally and through foundations to conduct her research.

Research Interests

  • Accessibility
  • Assistive Technology
  • Cancer 
  • Community Based Program Evaluation
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Health Disparities 
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Quality of Life
  • Rehabilitation Engineering 
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Robotics 
  • Women's Health