Rosalie Wang

R. Wang's PortraitAssistant Professor
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(416) 416.946.8566



Rosalie received her BSc.(OT) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and worked as an Occupational Therapist in Canada and England. Her work experiences span the continuum of care for older adults, including long-term institutional, sub-acute/rehab, acute and community care settings. She has also worked in a seating and wheeled mobility specialist unit and a stroke rehabilitation unit.


Rosalie completed her PhD in the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science in collaboration with the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Her Doctoral thesis examined the use of collision-avoidance technology to enable power wheelchair mobility with long-term care home residents with cognitive impairments. Her research included some of the first clinical studies to explore the use of collision-avoidance technology and multimodal user interfaces to assist navigation in this population. Rosalie completed a CIHR-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Team at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where she worked on developing and clinically evaluating robots for upper limb stroke rehabilitation and assistive robots to help older adults with dementia to complete daily activities.

Selected Recent Publications
  1. Wang, R.H., Korotchenko, A., Hurd Clarke, L. Mortenson, B., and Mihailidis, A. (2013). Power mobility with collision avoidance for older adults: User, caregiver and therapist perspectives. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 50 (9).
  2. How T.-V., Wang, R.H., and Mihailidis, A. (2013). Evaluation of an intelligent wheelchair system for older adults with cognitive impairments. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 10 (90).
  3. Wang, R.H., Viswanathan, P., Czarnuch, S., Boger, J., Nejat, G., and Mihailidis, A. (2013). Developing advanced assistive technologies for older adults with dementia: Lessons learned. RESNA 2013, Jun 22-24, Bellevue, USA.
  4. Begum, M., Wang, R.H., Huq, R. and Mihailidis, A. (2013). Performance of daily activities by older adults with dementia: The role of an assistive robot. 13th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Jun 24-26, Seattle, USA.
  5. Lu, E., Wang, R., Huq, R., Gardner, D., Karam, P., Zabjek, K., Hébert, D., Boger, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2012). Development of a robotic device for upper limb stroke rehabilitation: A user-centered design approach. Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics, 2(4); 176-184.
  6. Wang, R.H., Gorski, S.M., Holliday, P.J., and Fernie, G.R. (2011). Evaluation of a contact sensor skirt for an anti-collision power wheelchair for older adult nursing home residents with dementia: Safety and mobility. Assistive Technology, 23(3): 117-134.
  7. Wang, R.H., Mihailidis, A., Dutta, T., and Fernie, G.R. (2011). Usability testing of multimodal feedback interface and simulated collision-avoidance power wheelchair for long-term-care home residents with cognitive impairments. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 48(6): 801-822.
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised
  1. Personal assistive robots to support aging-in-place: A pilot test to investigate the required physical attributes and human-robot interaction issues. Sharon Ling and Kyla Mann (MScOT co-supervisor), 2014-2015.
  2. Participatory research applied to purse design for people with hemiparesis. Bethany Gretzinger and Stefanie Hirano (MScOT co-supervisor), 2014-2015.
  3. Developing a therapist interface for a robotic stroke rehabilitation system. Samantha Bergeron and Kovida Lam (MScOT co-supervisor), 2013-2014.
  4. Robotic stroke rehabilitation game design recommendations from the perspectives of stroke survivors. Tanya Alves and Angela Samson (MScOT co-supervisor), 2013-2014.
Research Interests
  1. Assistive technologies and interventions to enhance function and quality of life of older adults
  2. Application of robotics and artificial intelligence in rehabilitation for people with neurological condition
  3. Strategies to improve quality of life for long-term care home residents with dementia
  4. Knowledge translation (clinical implementation and commercialization) of rehabilitation technologies
  5. Mixed methods (combined qualitative and quantitative) research approaches and user-centred design
Current Courses
  • OCT1100H Applied Skills and Technology: Human Factors and Design in Occupational Therapy
  • OCT1272H Enabling Occupation with Older Adults Part 2
Special Lectures / Keynote Speeches
  1. Viswanathan, P., and Wang, R. (Workshop Co-Organizers), Urdiales Garcia, C., Mandel, C., Routhier, F., Arthanat, S. & Moffatt, K. (Presenters) (2013). Evaluation of intelligent powered wheelchairs. 13th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Jun 24-26, Seattle, USA.
  2. Wang, R.H., Durkin, J., Nilsson, L., and Nisbet, P. (2010) (Invited workshop). Best Practice Topics: Empowering children and adults with cognitive disabilities to learn skills for powered mobility: Principles, evidence, and recommendations. 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Posture and Wheeled Mobility, Jun 7-9, Glasgow, Scotland.