Menu

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.

View Vita


Recent Publications

Abujarad, F., O’Bara, I., & Swierenga, S. J. (2017, July). The role of UX in government system expansion. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Switzerland: Springer International.

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.
 

View More Publications


Recent Reports

Ismirle, J., Shink, H., Klautke, H., O'Bara, I., & Swierenga, S. J. (2017, April 28). User feedback on CATA Trip Planner prototype (supplement to heuristic evaluation report). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

O'Bara, I., Klautke, H., George, M., Ismirle, J., & Swierenga, S. J. (2017, April 28). CATA Trip Planner prototype: Heuristic evaluation report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Ismirle, J., Klautke, H., O'Bara, I., George, M., & Swierenga, S. J. (2017, January 13). CATA website usability evaluation report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Ismirle, J., Klautke, H., O'Bara, I., & Swierenga, S. J. (2016, December 5). Gerstacker/Mental Health Knowledge for Youth (MHKY): Information architecture findability study report (funded by Gerstacker Foundation). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Ismirle, J., Klautke, H., & Swierenga, S. J. (2016, September 2). Michigan Workforce Background Check analyst user interface focus group report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

View More Reports


Recent Presentations

  • (July 2017)

    Usability evaluation of teleconsultation process for physicians working with ASD patients

    Ismirle, J., Klautke, H., Swierenga, S. J., & O'Connell, L. (2017, July). Usability evaluation of teleconsultation process for physicians working with ASD patients. Paper and presentation at Human-Computer Interaction International, Vancouver.

  • (July 2017)

    The role of UX in government system expansion

    Abujarad, F., O’Bara, I., & Swierenga, S. J. (2017, July). The role of UX in government system expansion. Paper and presentation at Human-Computer Interaction International, Vancouver.

  • (March 2017)

    Designing for everyone: Accessible web design

    Swierenga, S. J., & Pierce, G. L. (2017, March). Designing for everyone: Accessible web design. Presented to [Financial institution*], MI.

View More Presentations


Projects