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Wendy Rogers


Primary Affiliation

Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Phone 300-1470



  • Biography

    Wendy A. Rogers is Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  She is the Director of the McKechnie Family LIFE Home; the Health Technology Education Program; Program Director of CHART (Collaborations in Health, Aging, Research, and Technology); and Director of the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory.


    • B.A., psychology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 1985

    • M.S., psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989

    • Ph.D., philosophy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1991

  • Honors
    • 2021: King J. McCristal Distinguished Scholar Award, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    • 2019: Gerontological Society of America Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award

    • 2019: Mather LifeWays Promising Practices Award recognizing “innovative approaches to serving older adults” Honorable Mention, Illinois – Smart Technology Assisting Residents (I-STAR) Project 

    • 2018: HFE Woman Mentor of the Year, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

  • Research

    Research areas:

    • Human-robot interaction

    • Aging with disabilities

    • Cognitive aging

    Research interests:

    • Design for aging

    • Technology acceptance

    • Human-automation interaction

    Professor Rogers’ research includes design for aging; technology acceptance; human-automation interaction; aging-in-place; human-robot interaction; aging with disabilities; cognitive aging; skill acquisition; and training.  Professor Rogers’ research is funded by the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute on Aging and through the National Institute of Nursing Research.  In addition, her work is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

  • 2023

    • Al-Saleh, S., Lee, J., Rogers, W. A., and Insel, K. (in press). Translation of a successful behavioral intervention to a digital therapeutic self-management system for older adults. Ergonomics in Design.
    • Harris, M. T., and Rogers, W. A. (2023). Developing a Healthcare Technology Acceptance Model (H-TAM) for older adults with hypertension. Ageing & Society, 43, 814-834.
    • Kadylak, T., Blocker, K. A., Kovac, C., and Rogers, W. A. (2022). Understanding the potential of digital home assistant devices for older adults through their initial perceptions and attitudes. Gerontechology, 21:1.


    • Harris, M. T., Blocker, K. A., and Rogers, W. A. (2022). Older adults and smart technology: Facilitators and barriers to use. Frontiers in Computer Science, 4:835927.
    • Lydon, E. A., Nguyen, L. T., Nie, Q., Rogers, W.A., and Mudar, R. A. (2022). An integrative framework to guide social engagement interventions and technology design for persons with mild cognitive impairment. Frontiers in Public Health, 9.
    • Ramadhani, W., and Rogers, W. A. (2022). Understanding home activity challenges of older adults aging with long-term mobility disabilities: Recommendations for home environment design. Journal of Aging and Environment.
    • Remillard, E. T., Campbell, M., Koon, L. M., and Rogers, W. A. (2022). Transportation challenges for persons aging with mobility disability: Qualitative insights and policy implications. Disability and Health Journal.
    • Rice, L.A., Fliflet, A., Frechette, M., Brokenshire, R., Abou, L., Presti, P., Mahajan, H., Sosnoff, J., and Rogers, W. A. (2022). Insights on an automated fall detection device designed for older adult wheelchair and scooter users: A qualitative study. Disability and Health Journal.
    • Rogers, W. A., Kadylak, T., Bayles, M. A. (2022). Maximizing the benefits of participatory design for human robot interaction research with older adults. Human Factors, 64, 441-450.


    • Barg-Walkow, L. H., Thomas, R., Wickens, C. D., & Rogers, W. A. (2021). Modeling task scheduling decisions of emergency department physicians. Human Factors, 63, 450-461
    • Beer, J. M. Mackin, T., Mois, G., Koon, L., Datta, A., Mitzner, T. L., & Rogers, W. A. (2021). User attitudes and implementation requirements of a tele-exercise intervention for people aging with lower body mobility impairment. Gerontechology, 20, 1-12.
    • Cohen, J., Rogers, W. A., Petruzzello, S. J., Trinh, L., and Mullen, S. P. (2021). Acute effects of aerobic exercise and relaxation training on fatigue in breast cancer survivors: A feasibility trial. Psycho-Oncology, 30:252–259.
    • Czaja, S. J., Moxley, J. H., and Rogers, W. A. (2021). Social support, isolation, loneliness, and health among older adults in the PRISM randomized controlled trial. Frontiers in Psychology.
    • Gudur, R., McDonagh, D., Harris, M. T., and Rogers, W. A. (2021). Refining a pedagogical framework for employing design thinking as a catalyst. Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 26, 230-244.
    • Mitzner, T. L., McGlynn, S., A., and Rogers, W. A. (2021). Investigating age-related differences in spatial presence formation and maintenance in virtual reality. Gerontechology, 20, 1-14.
    • Morrow, D. G., Lane, H. C. & Rogers, W. A. (2021). A framework for design of conversational agents to support health self-care for older adults. Human Factors, 63, 369-378.
    • Shishegar, N., Boubekri, M., Stine-Morrow, E.A.L., and Rogers, W. A. (2021). Tuning environmental lighting improves objective and subjective sleep quality in older adults. Building and Environment, 204.


    • Koon, L. M., Blocker, K. A., McGlynn, S., A., and Rogers, W. A. (2020). Perceptions of digital assistants from early adopters aged 55+. Ergonomics in Design, 28, 16-23.
    • Koon, L. M., Remillard, E. T., Mitzner, T. L., and Rogers, W. A. (2020). Aging Concerns, Challenges, and Everyday Solution Strategies (ACCESS) for adults aging with a long-term mobility disability. Disability & Health Journal, 13.
    • Nie, Q., Nguyen, L. T., Myers, D. Gibson, A., Kerssens, C., Mudar, R. A., and Rogers, W. A. (2020). Design guidance for video chat system to support social engagement for older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment. Gerontechnology, 20, 1-15,
    • Park, D., Hoshi, Y., Mahajan, H., Rogers, W. A., and Kemp, C. C. (2020). Active robot-assisted feeding with a general-purpose mobile manipulator: Design, evaluation, and lessons learned. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 124, 1-17.
    • Remillard, E. T., Griffiths, P. C., Mitzner, T. L., Sanford, J. A., Jones, B. D., and Rogers, W. A. (2020). The TechSAge Minimum Battery: A multidimensional and holistic assessment of individuals aging with long-term disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 13, 1-9.
    • Rogers, W. A., Mitzner, T. L., and Bixter, M. T. (2020). Understanding the potential of technology to support enhanced activities of daily living (EADLs). Gerontechnology, 19, 125-137.
    • Rogers, W. A., Ramadhani, W. A., Harris, M. T. (2020). Defining aging in place: The intersectionality of space, person, and time. Innovation in Aging, 4, 1–11 doi:10.1093/geroni/igaa036


    • Bixter, M., and Rogers, W. A. (2019). Age-related differences in delay discounting: Immediate reward, reward magnitude, and social influence. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 32, 471-484.
    • Bixter, M., Blocker, K., Prakash, A. Mitzner, T. L., and Rogers, W. A. (2019). Understanding the use and non-use of social communication technologies by older adults: A qualitative test and extension of the UTAUT model. Gerontechnology, 18, 70-88.
    • Lee, C. C., Czaja, S. J., Moxley, J. H., Sharit, J., Boot, W. R., Charness, N., Rogers, W. A. (2019). Attitudes toward computers across adulthood from 1994 to 2013. Gerontologist, 2019, Vol. 59, No. 1, 22–33 doi:10.1093/geront/gny081v
    • Mitzner, T. L., Savla, J., Boot, W. R., Sharit, J., Charness, N., Czaja, S. J., and Rogers, W. A. (2019). Technology adoption by older adults: Findings from the PRISM trial. Gerontologist, 59, 34-44. doi:10.1093/geront/gny113
    • Morey, S. A., Stuck, R. E., Chong, A., Barg-Walkow, L., H., and Rogers, W. A. (2019). Mobile health apps: Improving usability for older adult users. Ergonomics in Design, 27, 4-13.
    • Sharit, J., Moxley, J. H., Boot, W. R., Charness, N., Rogers, W. A., Czaja, S. J. (2019). Effects of extended use of an age friendly computer system on assessments of computer proficiency, attitudes, and usability by older non-computer users. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, 12.
    • Singleton, J. L., Remillard, E. T., Mitzner, T. L., and Rogers, W. A. (2019). Everyday technology use among older deaf adults. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 14:4, 325- 332, DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2018.1447609.
    • Stuck, R. E., and Rogers, W. A. (2019). Supporting trust in home healthcare providers: Insights into the care recipients’ perspective. Home Health Care Services Quarterly.
    • Yoon, J., Charness, N., Boot, W., Czaja, S. J., and Rogers, W. A. (2019). Depressive symptoms as a predictor of memory complaints in the PRISM sample. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 65B, 645-653.


    • Boot, W. R., Moxley, J. H., Roque, N. A., Andringa, R., Charness, N., Czaja, S.J., Sharit, J., Mitzner, T. L., Lee, C. C. & Rogers, W. A. (2018). Exploring older adults’ video game use in the PRISM computer system. Innovation in Aging, 1-13.
    • Czaja, S.J., Boot, W. R., Charness, N., Rogers, W. A., and Sharit, J. (2018). Improving social support for older adults through technology: Findings from the PRISM randomized controlled trial. The Gerontologist, 58, 467-477. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw249 (Mather LifeWays Innovative Research on Aging Awards: Honorable Mention)
    • Hsieh, K. L., Fanning, J. T., and Rogers, W. A., Wood, T. A., & Sosnoff, J. J. (2018). A fall risk mHealth app for older adults: Development and usability study. Journal of Medical Internet Research Aging (1(2):e11569) doi:10.2196/11569.
    • Mitzner, T. L., Sanford, J. A., and Rogers, W. A. (2018). Closing the capacity-ability gap: Using technology to support aging with disability. Innovation in Aging, 2(1), 1–8.
    • Mitzner, T. L., Tiberio, L., Kemp, C. C., and Rogers, W. A. (2018). Understanding healthcare providers’ perceptions of a personal assistant robot. Gerontechnology, 17, 48-55. PMCID: PMC6553648
    • Stuck, R. E., and Rogers, W. A. (2018). Older adults’ perceptions of supporting factors of trust in a robot care provider. Journal of Robotics, Volume 2018, Article ID 6519713,