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Sarah J. Swierenga

Director, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting
Professor by Courtesy, Department of Media and Information

E-Mail: sswieren@msu.edu

Department Web page: http://usability.msu.edu

Sarah J. Swierenga, Ph.D., is the director of Michigan State University Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) and professor by courtesy in the Department of Media and Information. A researcher and practitioner with over 25 years of experience in the scientific study of users in commercial, government, healthcare, military, and academic environments, Swierenga possesses extensive skills in user-centered design as well as usability and accessibility methodologies. She has presented widely on health communication information technology, usability evaluation with people with disabilities, mobile usability evaluation, accessible electronic voting systems, and outdoor recreation knowledge management, which comprise her research programs.

Swierenga served as a policy advisor to the U.S. Senate Commission on Aging regarding background check legislation, was an alternate member of the U.S. Access Board 508/255 refresh committee (accessibility standards), and was an invited expert on the W3C WCAG2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force and the W3C WCAG2.0 Working Group. Swierenga currently is a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Voting Systems Human Factors Working Group and the Usability in Civic Life, a project of the User Experience Professionals Association and the Center for Civic Design. She is also a certified professional ergonomist.

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Recent Publications

Ismirle, J., O’Bara, I., Jackson, J. E., Swierenga, S. J. (2016). Touchscreen voting interface design for persons with dexterity impairments: Insights from usability evaluation of mobile voting prototype. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag.

Ismirle, J., O’Bara, I., Jackson, J., & Swierenga, S. J. (2016). Touchscreen voting interface design for persons with disabilities: Insights from usability evaluation of mobile voting prototype. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 60th International Annual Meeting.

Post, L. A., Conner, T. L., Oehmke, J. F. Abujarad, F., Cooney, L. M., Brandt, C., Page, C., Swierenga, S. J.,… Dziura, J. (2016).  Development and validation of the Emergency Department Geriatric Readmission Assessment at Yale (ED GRAY): Part 1, fundamental measurement. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, 14(1), 1-14.

Post, L. A., Conner, T. L., Oehmke, J. F. Abujarad, F., Cooney, L. M., Brandt, C., Page, C., Swierenga, S. J.,… Dziura, J. (2016).  Development and validation of the Emergency Department Geriatric Readmission Assessment at Yale (ED GRAY): Part 2, prognostic accuracy. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, 14(1), 1-8.
 

Abujarad, F., Swierenga, S. J., Dennis, T. A., & Post, L. A. (2015). The impact of usability on patient safety in long-term care. In Nah & Tan (Eds.), HCI in Business, HCIB 2015, LNCS 9191, pp. 221-231. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

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Recent Reports

Ismirle, J., O'Bara, I., & Swierenga, S. J. (2016). [Redacted] Website concept designs review. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Ismirle, J., O'Bara, I., & Swierenga, S. J. (2016). University Outreach and Engagement website redesign: Information architecture findability report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Ismirle, J., O'Bara, I., Klautke, H., & Swierenga, S. J. (2016). University Outreach and Engagement website redesign: Focus groups report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Casey, C., Sommer, A., Decloniemaclennan, T., Jackson, J. E., & Swierenga, S. J. (2015, April 8). Residential and Hospitality Services: Accessibility compliance evaluation report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Ismirle, J., O'Bara, I., & Swierenga, S. J. (2015). Michigan Stroke Transitions Trial (MISTT) website: Usability evaluation report [Funded by PCORI, Grant #R-D2C-1310-07420]. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

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Recent Presentations

  • (September 2016)

    Touchscreen voting interface design for persons with disabilities: Insights from usability evaluation of mobile voting prototype

    Ismirle, J., O’Bara, I., Jackson, J., & Swierenga, S. J.

    Paper accepted for presentation at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 60th International Annual Meeting

    Washington, D.C.

  • (July 2016)

    Touchscreen user interface design for persons with dexterity impairments: Insights from usability evaluation of mobile voting prototype

    Ismirle, J., O’Bara, I., Jackson, J. E., & Swierenga, S. J.

    Presented at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • (May 2016)

    Mental Health for Youth Education website IA design

    Swierenga, S. J., Riebschleger, J., Ismirle, J., & Klautke, H.

    Focus group with youth advisors

    East Lansing, Michigan

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