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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

Dr. Sarah J. Swierenga is Director of Michigan State University Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) and Professor by Courtesy in the Department of Media and Information. She is responsible for developing and disseminating innovations in theory building, research methodologies, and technologies to enhance usability and accessibility in web and information technology contexts. UARC serves external clients, as well as faculty, students, and organizations at MSU, through consulting, collaborative research, publications, and hosting an annual World Usability Day conference. A researcher and a practitioner with almost 30 years of experience in the scientific study of users in commercial, government, healthcare, military, and academic environments, Sarah possesses extensive skills in user interface design, usability and accessibility methodologies. She co-authored Constructing Accessible Web Sites, wrote chapters on accessible web design for The User-Centered Design Casebook; aging and elder abuse projections for Michigan for Michigan for Applied Demography in the 21st Century (with Drs. Post, Salmon, Prokhorov, and Oehmke); and usability of e-health websites for Evaluating Web Sites and Web Services: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in User Satisfaction (with Dr. Coursaris). Sarah has presented widely on usability evaluation with people with disabilities, mobile usability evaluation, accessible electronic voting systems, outdoor recreation knowledge management, and health communication technology, which comprise her research programs. She served as a policy advisor to the US 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 WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force. Sarah currently serves as an Invited Expert on the W3C WCAG 2.0 Working Group and is a member of 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 (CPE).

Research interests:

  • User experience research
  • Usability and accessibility of mobile technology
  • Usability and accessibility of electronic voting systems
  • Healthcare informatics
  • Outdoor recreation knowledge management

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Recent Publications

Ismirle, J., O’Bara, I., Jackson, J. E., Swierenga, S. J. (in press). 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. (in press). 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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