Regi Robnett

Regula H. Robnett, Ph.D., OTR/L


Professor Emeritus

Regi Robnett, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an occupational therapist, gerontologist, and professor, who has joyfully worked at UNE since 1995. She teaches courses related to older adults, occupational analysis, group processing, and research. Her primary area of expertise is healthful aging and brain health. She engages students in research projects on an on-going basis, often working in the community or collaborating with other professionals. Regi finds writing gratifying and regularly presents at regional, national, and occasionally, international venues.



University of Massachusetts
Colorado State University

Board Certifications and Licenses

Licensed as an OT in Maine (OT#434)


Current research

Functional cognitive screenings for rehabilitation: The Safe at Home; the ManageMed Screen; the ChoRo (test of visual perception related to driving); the Qual-OT v. 2 (on-line quality of life tool), the Home Safety Self-Assessment Interview (HSSI), the Quick Information Processing Assessment (Quipa), mixed methods and qualitative projects involving elders.

Selected publications

Robnett, R.H., Brossoie, N., & Chop, W. (2018). Gerontology for the health care professional (4th ed.) Tewksbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Robnett, R.H. & Bolduc, J.J. (2017). Client factors in occupational performance functioning. In K. Jacobs & N. MacRae (Eds.) Occupational therapy essentials for clinical competence. (pp. 359-382). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc.

Thomson, L.K. & Robnett, R.H. (2016). The Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills, 4th ed. Bethesda: American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

Strout, K. A., David, D. J., Dyer, E. J., Gray, R. C., Robnett, R. H., & Howard, E. P. (2016). Behavioral Interventions in Six Dimensions of Wellness That Protect the Cognitive Health of Community‐Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64(5), 944-958.

Robnett, R. H., Bliss, S., Buck, K., Dempsey, J., Gilpatric, H., & Michaud, K. (2016). Validation of the Safe at Home Screening with adults who have acquired brain injury. Occupational therapy in health care, 30(1), 16-28. DOI:10.3109/07380577.2015.1044691

Bolduc, J., & Robnett, R.H. (2015). Usefulness of the ManageMed Screen (MMS) and the Screening for Self-Medication Safety post stroke (S-5) for assessing medication management capacity for clients post stroke. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 13(2).

Robnett, R., & Toglia, J. (2015). Evidence-based interventions for older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. OT Practice, 20(1), CE-1-CE-8.

Robnett, R.H. & Chop, W.C. (Eds.) (2015).Gerontology for the health care professional. Third edition. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Robnett, R.H. (2013). Analyzing the effect of aging on occupations with an emphasis on cognition and perception. In J.C. O'Brien & J.W. Solomon (Eds.) Occupational Analysis and group process. (pp. 117-132). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier

Robnett, R.H. (2013). Intervention for disturbances in cognition and perception. In M. B. Early (Ed.). Physical Dysfunction Practice Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant. 3rd Ed. (pp. 450-465). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.

Metz, A. & Robnett, R. (2011, June). Engaging in Mentally Challenging Occupations Promotes Cognitive Health Throughout Life. Gerontology Special Interest Section Quarterly, American Occupational Therapy Association Press.

Robnett, R.H. (2010). Occupational therapy intervention in the realms of cognitive, physical, and sensory functioning. In K. Sladyk, K. Jacobs, &  N. MacRae (Eds.). Occupational therapy essentials for clinical competence. (pp. 229-244). Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc.

Robnett, R.H. & Chop, W.C. (Eds.). (2010). Gerontology for the health care professional, (2nd  ed). Sudbury MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Robnett, R.H. (2008). Client factors and their effect on occupational performance in late life. In S. Coppola, S.J  Elliott & P.E.Toto (Eds.), Strategies to advance gerontology excellence (pp.163-197). Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press, Inc.

Robnett, R.H. (2007). SAFE AT HOME Screening Manual.  Portland, ME: NEAT, LLC.

Robnett, R. H., Dionne, C., Jacques, R., LaChance, A. & Mailhot, M. (2007). The ManageMed Screening: a quick medication management assessment tool. Clinical Gerontologist, 30(4), 1-23.

Invited plenary presentation

Griffith, E., Robnett, R., Eades, J., & Emond, C. (2018, April 20th). Unlocking Convictions: Opening Minds through a Weekly Wellness Program at a Correctional Facility. AOTA Conference, Salt Lake City.

Robnett,R., Hering, J., Hockman, C., & Ellis, O. (2018, April 20th). Exploring the Impact of Arts-based Occupation Groups on Mood in those with Dementia. AOTA Conference, Salt Lake City.

Robnett, R., Arsenault, P., Bartholomew, L., & Mitchell, M. (2017, October 28). Substance Abuse Screening Tools and Techniques for Practitioners who work with Adolescents and Adults. Maine OT Association Annual Conference, Bangor Maine, 1.5 hour short course.

Gugliucci, M. R. & Robnett, R. H. (2017, September 20). First Northern New England Age Friendly University: Building bridges of knowledge, engagement and support. Maine Council on Aging, The Wisdom Summit, One hour work session.

Robnett, R.H. (2017, June 10th).  Promoting Brain Health for Optimal Living. Invited presentation for the Westbrook College Reunion. 1 hour. 

Thomson, L. K. & Robnett, R. H. (2017, March 30th).  The Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills: KELS 4th Edition.  Philadelphia: Poster presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

MacRae, N. & Robnett, R. (2017).  University Interprofessional Program: Working Together on the Quadruple Aim.  Philadelphia: Poster presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

Clarrage, K. & Robnett, R. (2016, November 17th). When the challenges of aging and visual impairment collide: Working together to build a toolbox of rehab ideas of best care for older adults. (NEAER) North East Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Annual Conference, South Portland, ME (1.5 hour peer reviewed workshop).

Robnett, R. & Bolduc, J. (2016, October 22nd). The ChoRo: Visual perception test related to driving—on-line. Maine Occupational Therapy Conference, Fairfield, ME (1 hour peer-reviewed workshop).

Robnett, R. (2015, June 11th) Staying sharp: The cutting edge of research on cognition and aging. Maine Geriatrics Society annual conference. (1.5 hour invited workshop).

Wolf, E. & Robnett, R. (2015, May 20th). Medication management: The protocol for the stroke team at New England rehabilitation Hospital. Maine Stroke conference. (1 hour invited presentation).

Robnett, R. & Bolduc, J. (2015, April 18th) Initial analysis of the ChoRo: A visual perceptual test related to driving. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Toglia, J. & Robnett, R. (2013, April 25th). Mild Cognitive Impairment: Occupational Therapy Assessment and Intervention. Presented as a 1.5 hour workshop at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA

Robnett, R. (2013, March 23rd) Where would you like to grow old? A sabbatical exploration. Presented to the University of New England community. Sabbatical Report.

Robnett, R., Moore, B., & Sawyer, J. (2012, November 16th). Those who matter speak about optimal dementia care: A Focus on the Process. Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Robnett, R. (2012, November 3rd). The Continuum of Care Around the World. Presented as a 1.5 hour workshop for the Maine OT Association Annual Conference.

Robnett, R.H. & Kohlman Thomson L. (2011, April 15th ). Action based research: Seeking input for the third edition of the Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills. Talk About Session 4. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Research interests

Functional assessment tools for occupational therapy and rehabilitation (quality of life, home safety, medication management, executive skills), evidence-based balance interventions, aging concerns.