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Roger I. Ideishi

Professor of Instruction
Program Director




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


Roger I. Ideishi, JD, OT/L, FAOTA has worked to provide 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), Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa, CA), Flint Institute of Arts (Flint, MI), Michigan Council of Arts & Cultural Affairs (Lansing, MI), Syracuse Stage (Syracuse, NY), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra & Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), New Jersey Center for Aquatic Science (Camden, NJ), Delaware Theatre Company (Wilmington, DE), People’s Light & Theater (Malvern, PA), Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, & Academy of Natural Sciences (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 is an advocate of experiential, community, and service-based learning. He and his students have collaborated with various organizations to serve vital community interests resulting in the creation of outdoor play spaces, learning gardens, community mosaic murals, and movement/arts based curricula to enhance the quality of life for children and families. 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 received his BS in Occupational Therapy from University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and his JD from Temple University Law School. He 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