Sajay Arthanat

Interim Department Chair, Occupational Therapy

Interim Department Chair of Occupational Therapy
Phone: (603) 862-1625
Office: Occupational Therapy, Hewitt Hall Rm 111, Durham, NH 03824
Sajay Arthanat

Professor Arthanat teaches coursework in the occupational therapy program related to neurologically-based function and dysfunction, provision of assistive technology services, technology design for disability, and research engagement. His research interests include optimizing interaction of people with disabilities and assistive technology (AT) in wide ranging contexts, measuring outcomes of assistive technology interventions, usability testing of AT, and consumer product designs for persons with disabilities, cross-cultural models of disability, and community based rehabilitation. He has authored and presented many research papers highlighting his work in these interests. His clinical areas of expertise include neuro-rehabilitation and application of assistive technology including wheelchair seating and positioning, computer access, and information communication technology.


  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Therapy, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.S., Occupational Therapy, Santosh College Occupational Therapy
  • C.A.G.S., Rehabilitation Therapy, State University of New York at Buffalo

Courses Taught

  • OT 444: Living & Doing with Technology
  • OT 730/830: Assist Tech for OccPerformance
  • OT 751: Mind Body Systems
  • OT 757/857: Mind Body Systems Adult Cond
  • OT 886: Engagement in Research

Selected Publications

Arthanat, S., Begum, M., Gu, T., LaRoche, D. P., Xu, D., & Zhang, N. (2020). Caregiver perspectives on a smart home-based socially assistive robot for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION-ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, 15(7), 789-798. doi:10.1080/17483107.2020.1753831

Keller, J., Stetkarova, I., Macri, V., Kuehn, S., Petioky, J., Gualeni, S., . . . Zilber, P. (2020). Virtual reality-based treatment for regaining upper extremity function induces cortex grey matter changes in persons with acquired brain injury. JOURNAL OF NEUROENGINEERING AND REHABILITATION, 17(1). doi:10.1186/s12984-020-00754-7

LaRoche, D. P., Begum, M., Gesel, P., Arthanat, S., Bandera, V. M., Gesel, F. J., . . . Surman, B. M. (2020). Quantifying Kinematic Fidelity Of Demonstrated Therapeutic Shoulder Exercises Between Therapist And Patient. In MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE Vol. 52 (pp. 273-274). Retrieved from

Arthanat, S., Hong, C., & Wilcox, J. (2020). Determinants of information communication and smart home automation technology adoption for aging-in-place. JOURNAL OF ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES, 14(2), 73-86. doi:10.1108/JET-11-2019-0050

Arthanat, S. (2019). Promoting Information Communication Technology Adoption and Acceptance for Aging-in-Place: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JOURNAL OF APPLIED GERONTOLOGY. doi:10.1177/0733464819891045

Vroman, K. G., Arthanat, S., & Lysack, C. (2015). "Who over 65 is online?" Older adults' dispositions toward information communication technology. COMPUTERS IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR, 43, 156-166. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.10.018

Bauer, S. M., Elsaesser, L. -J., & Arthanat, S. (2011). Assistive technology device classification based upon the World Health Organization's, International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol, 6(3), 243-259. doi:10.3109/17483107.2010.529631

Arthanat, S., Nochajski, S. M., Lenker, J. A., Bauer, S. M., & Wu, Y. W. B. (2009). Measuring Usability of Assistive Technology From a Multicontextual Perspective: The Case of Power Wheelchairs. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, 63(6), 751-764. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.6.751

Arthanat, S., Bauer, S. M., Lenker, J. A., Nochajski, S. M., & Wu, Y. W. B. (2007). Conceptualization and measurement of assistive technology usability.. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol, 2(4), 235-248. doi:10.1080/17483100701343665

Arthanat, S., Nochajski, S. M., & Stone, J. (2004). The international classification of functioning, disability and health and its application to cognitive disorders. DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, 26(4), 235-245. doi:10.1080/09638280310001644889

Most Cited Publications