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Oklahoma State University

Emily Roberts

Emily Roberts

Assistant Professor

437 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-3818
Fax: 405-744-6910

emily.roberts12@okstate.edu

Education

Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri Environment and Behavior -Human Environmental Sciences
M.A. University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri Gerontology-Human Development and Family Studies
M.Arch University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM Architecture, with Distinction                  
B.A. Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, California Environmental Design

Expertise

Environmental Gerontology; Dementia Environments; Culture Change in Long Term Care; Family Caregivers/ Caregiver Burden

Publications

  • Clare, G., Jayadas, A., Hermann, J., & Roberts, E. (2017).  Spanning the ages: Intergenerational mentoring for L.I.F.E. 6(3). International Journal of Prevention and Treatment. (in press)

  • Roberts, E., & Struckmeyer, K. (2017). The impact of respite programming on caregiver resilience: Perspectives of primary family caregivers of individuals with dementia. Inquiry-The Journal of Health Care Organization Provision and Financing. In Press

  • Roberts, E. (2017). Voices from down home: Family caregiver perspectives on navigating care transitions with individuals with dementia in Nova Scotia Canada in A. Harrist, G. Welch (Eds.), Emerging Issues and Attitudes on Strengthening Individual and Family Resilience, Springer International Publishing: Switzerland (in print September 2017).

  • Roberts, E., Bishop, A., Ruppert-Stroescu, M., Clare, G., Hermann, J., Singh, C., Balasubramanan, M., Struckmeyer, K., Kang, M., Slevitch, L. (2017). Active aging for L.I.F.E.: An intergenerational public health initiative addressing perceptions and behaviors around longevity, independence, fitness, and engagement. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. (In print)

  • Roberts, E. (2016).  Negotiated risk and resident autonomy: Frontline care staff perspectives on culture change in long term care in Nova Scotia, Canada. Work: Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 54(4), 837-857.

  • Kang, M., Peek, G. & Roberts, E. (2015). Senior cohousing: Creating connections and maintaining autonomy. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service fact sheet T-5145.

  • Roberts, E. (2015).  Choosing privacy over interaction: Restructuring expectations and interpretations of community integration in Canadian small house long term care settings. Journal of Housing for the Elderly. 29(3)

  • Roberts, E. (2011). Six for lunch: A dining option for residents with dementia in a special care unit. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 25(4), 352-379.

Presentations

  • *Roberts, E., et al. (2017). Active Aging for L.IF.E.: A public health initiative. Southern Gerontological Society, Asheville, North Carolina. April 20, 2017 (Oral Presentation).
  • *Roberts, E., et al. (2016). Active Aging for L.IF.E.: A public health initiative. Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montreal, Canada. October 22, 2016 (Poster Presentation).
  • *Roberts, E. , Bailey, W., Struckmeyer, K. (2016).  Resilience in Family Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia: The Impact of Caregiver Respite Programming. Canadian Association on Gerontology, Montreal, Canada. October 21, 2016. (Oral Presentation)
  • *Roberts, E. (2016). Dementia care and culture change initiatives in the state of Oklahoma. Environmental Design Research Association Annual Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, May 20, 2016 (Oral Presentation).
  • *Anderzhon, J., Roberts, E. & Judd, S. (2016). International senior care environments: Program and environment collaboration to create community. Environments for Aging Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, April 11, 2016 (Oral Presentation).
  • Roberts, E. (2016).  Voices From Down Home: Family Caregiving Perspectives on Navigating Care Transitions with Individuals with Dementia in Nova Scotia, Canada, Chautauqua Conference on Family Resilience, Center for Family Resilience. Tulsa, Oklahoma, January 29, 2016. (Oral Presentation) 
  • *Roberts, E. (2015).  Focus on Excellence: Assessing Outcomes in Current Oklahoma State Long Term Care Culture Change Initiatives, Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference. Orlando, Fl. November 20, 2015. (Oral Presentation)
  • *Roberts, E. (2015).  The Impact of Culture Change on Social Interaction for Residents with Dementia, Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference. Orlando, Fl. November 20, 2015. (Oral Presentation) 
  • *Kang M. & Roberts, E. (2015). Evaluation of State-of-the-Art Care Models for Individuals with Dementia in the Netherlands, Germany, and the Czech Republic, 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. October 22, 2015. (Poster Presentation)
  • *Roberts, E. (2014). The Road (and Roadblocks) to Change: Assessing Past, Present and Future Transitions in the Small House Model and Person-Centered Care in Nova Scotia, Canada. Environments for Aging Annual Conference. Orange County, California. May 5, 2014. (Oral Presentation) 
  • *Roberts, E. (2013). Anger and Guilt-The One-Two Punch: Perceptions of Family Members of Persons with Dementia Transitioning to Long Term Care in Nova Scotia, Canada. 42nd Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology. Halifax, Nova Scotia. October 19, 2013. (Poster Presentation)
  • Roberts, E. (2013).  The Anatomy of Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCS). Presentation for the Culture Change in Aging Network of Buncombe County workshop entitled: Exploring Community and Interdependence. Land-of-Sky Regional Council, Asheville, NC. June 28, 2013. (Oral Presentation)
  • *Roberts, E. (2013). Caregiver Perspectives in Small House Settings. Southern Gerontological Society Annual Conference. Charlotte, NC. April 6, 2013. (Oral Presentation)
  • *Roberts, E. (2012). Social Interaction in Small House Settings. Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. November 17, 2012. (Oral Presentation)
  • *Roberts, E. (2012).Voices from Down Home: The Relationship between Experience and Meaning for Long Term Care Residents in Nova Scotia, Canada. Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference. San Diego, CA .November 16, 2012. (Poster Presentation)
  • Roberts, E. (2012) Introduction to the Small House Model of Nursing Care. Presentation for the Culture Change in Aging Network of Buncombe County workshop entitled: Envisioning Home: Creating New Models of Home & Community in Later Life. OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. September 29, 2012. (Oral Presentation)
  • *Roberts, E. (2012). Legislating Home:  The Impact of the Regulation of Small House Settings for Long Term Care Residents in Nova Scotia, Canada. Environmental Design Research Association Annual Conference (EDRA 43) Seattle , Washington May, 2012 (Oral Presentation)
  • *Roberts, E. (2011).  The Dining Environment in Special Care Units: Opportunities for Social Connection for Residents Living with Dementia.  Gerontological  Society of America Annual Conference. Boston, MA. November 20, 2011. (Oral Presentation)
  • *Roberts, E. (2011).  Social Connection for Residents in Long Term Care: The Impact of Caregiver Interaction. Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference. Boston, MA. November 19, 2011. (Oral Presentation)

Course(s) Taught

DHM 4264                  Interior Design Studio V-Large Scale Commercial

DHM 4533                    Diversity Issues in Facility Management and Design

DHM 4294                    Interior Design Studio VI-Capstone

DHM 4433                   Sustainable Facility Management and Design

Awards and Recognition

  • Leibrock Universal Design Scholarship, $1,000, 2016-1017.
  • 2017 DaVinci Fellowship, $1,000

Grants

  • Roberts, E. (et al) Alliance on Aging/ Active Aging for LIFE Public Health Initiative (2016-2017) College of Human Sciences Cross-Program Initiative to Raise Oklahoma to the Top ($10,000) (funded.)
  • Roberts, E. (PI), Bailey, W. (Co-PI) Resilience in Family Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia: The Impact of Caregiver Respite on Decisions about Care-Home Placement (2015-2016) Center for Family Resilience, Oklahoma State University ($10,000) (funded).
  • Bailey, W. (PI) Gordon, S. (Co-PI), Roberts, E. (Co-PI) A Community Approach to Care Education: Empowering Rural Hospitals and Caregivers to Engage in Exceptional Care of Rural Elders (2015-2017) USDA-NIFA RHSE , Oklahoma State University ($311,602) (funded).

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Association on Gerontology 2013-15
  • Environmental Design and Research Association, 2009 to present
  • The Gerontological Society of America, 2009 to present
  • Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments, 2009—present
  • Southern Gerontological Society, 2016 to present

Service

       Committee Service to Department, college or university

  • Human Sciences Faculty Advisory Council-2016-2018

    Design, Housin and Merchandising Representative

  • United Way Campaign-Oklahoma State University-2015-present

    Design, Housing and Merchandising Department Co-Representative

  • Graduate Faculty -2016-2017

    Design, Housing and Merchandising Department

  • Global Committee -2016-2017

    Design, Housing and Merchandising Department

    Professional Organization elected/appointed offices

  • Environmental Design Research Association-2010-present

    Environment-Gerontology Network Chair

    Editorial Boards and/or Peer Reviewer Work

  • Environmental Design Research Association

    Peer Reviewer, EDRA Conference Abstracts, 2011, 2012

  • Gerontological Society of America

    Peer Reviewer, GSA Conference Abstracts 2013

  • Journal of Aging Studies

    Manuscript Reviewer, 2014-present

  • Journal of Housing for the Elderly

    Editorial Board Member 2015-present

    Manuscript Reviewer, 2012-present