Regula H. Robnett

Regi Robnett, Ph.D., OTR/L has been an occupational therapist for 24 years and a faculty member at the University of New England for 19 years. She teaches courses related to older adults, occupational performance, group processing, and research. Her primary area of expertise is cognition and aging. She is involved in student research projects on an on-going basis, 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)


Cognition and aging

occupation-based cognitive rehabilitation


functional assessments


productive aging


Current Research

Working with Linda Kohlman Thomson on the 4th edition of the Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills with current graduate students.

Research Interests

Functional cognitive screenings for rehabilitation: The Safe at Home; the ManageMed Screen; the ChoRo (test of visual perception related to driving); the Qual-OT (quality of life tool).

Selected Publications

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

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.

Regi Robnett

Regula H. Robnett


Ph.D., OTR/L


Portland Campus

Proctor Hall

(207) 221-4102

On Campus