Dr. Bogart is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Disability and Social Interaction Lab at Oregon State University. She is a social/health psychologist specializing in disability, ableism, and rare disorders such as facial paralysis. She has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, Good Samaritan Hospital (Erkkila Endowment), and the Moebius Syndrome Foundation. Dr. Bogart was awarded the Social Personality and Health Network Diversity in Research Award and was named "Professor of the Term" by the Panhellenic Executive Council of OSU. An advocate for people with rare disorders and disabilities, she serves on several boards including the American Psychological Association Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (Co-Chair) and the Moebius Syndrome Foundation Scientific Advisory Board. She is the faculty advisor for OSU's Disabled Students Union.
In 2019, she co-edited the Journal of Social Issues special issue on Ableism. In 2019, she co-edited the Journal of Social Issues special issue on Ableism, and she is the Quality of Life Section Editor of Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases and an Editorial Board member of Rehabilitation Psychology. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time, The Conversation, Financial Times, and Inside Higher Ed. Dr. Bogart presents to and consults with international academic, general, and stakeholder audiences about disability awareness, disability as diversity, and facial paralysis, and she blogs about these topics for Psychology Today.
Much of her work focuses on the psychosocial implications of living with rare disorders or disabilities, such as Bell's palsy and Moebius syndrome. In the U.S., rare disorders are defined as affecting fewer than 200,000 people per year. Although there are about 7,000 different rare disorders, the 30 million Americans with rare disorders share similar challenges, including insufficient access to information, support, and treatment. Rare disorders can be stigmatizing because people with them are frequently misunderstood, isolated, and blamed. Her lab is working to build social support and resist stigma in the rare disorder community.