Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

Originally a division within the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy emerged in July 2007. The department offers a wide array of educational and research opportunities, including an entry to practice graduate program: Master of Occupational Therapy, MOT; graduate research programs: MSc and PhD; and post-professional online: Master of rehabilitation science, MRSc and certificate programs.

Our mission is to “Create, inspire and uphold a scholarly community that contributes to the health of individuals and communities through research on occupation and education programs for occupational therapy students, health professionals, and scientists.” Through the continued support of our academic, clinical, student, and alumni community we hope to realize our vision of “health and participation for all.”


Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Backman, Catherine Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Rehabilitation, Arthritis / Osteo-Arthritis, occupational balance, activity disruption, social role participation, arthritis, chronic illness, health & well-being, Occupational therapy
Barbic, Skye Mental Health and Society, mental health, measurement, recovery, community integration, Rasch Measurement Theory, Implementation Science, Patient Engagement, Supported Employment, Individual Placement Support, assessment, health and well-being, metrology, Occupational therapy, youth
Forwell, Susan Neurological conditions and their impact on chosen occupations
Holsti, Liisa premature infants, neurodevelopment, stress, pain, measurement, technology transfer, sucrose, rehabilitation, pediatrics
Huot, Suzanne Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, occupational science, Migration Studies, immigration, refugees, asylum seekers, intersectionality, francophone minority communities, francophones, bilingualism, french, community-engaged research, Qualitative research, critical theory, social inclusion, social integration, Gender
Jarus, Tal diversifying health and human service professions, Disabled students;, disabled practitioners;, art-based research
Miller, William disabled people with respect to mobility (wheelchairs); influence of self-efficacy with respect to participation in daily activity, social activity and general quality of life especially among disabled adults and elderly; wheelchair prescription, performance and function; outcome measurement in health care, Use of power wheelchairs, fatigue, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Mortenson, Ben Quality of Life and Aging, Social Aspects of Aging, Mobility, Rehabilitation, Accessibility, Assistive technology, Occupational therapy, Caregiving, Social participation, Spinal cord injury, Outcome measures, Robotics
Nimmon, Laura Interpersonal Communication, Family and Care Givers, Palliative Care, Chronic Diseases in Elderly, Health Care Organization, Power and Organization, Adult Education and Continuing Education, Health Professions Education, Qualitative research, Interdisciplinary team communication, Patient centered care, Chronic disease care, End of life care, Collaborative pratice, Teamwork, Families and Caregivers, Adult education
Sakakibara, Brodie Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Gerontology, rehabilitation, Physical Activity, Physical Rehabilitation, Spinal cord injury, Stroke Rehabilitation, Chronic disease self-management and prevention, Telehealth in people with stroke and cardiovascular disease, Complex behavioural intervention development, Clinical trial methodologies, Participatory and patient-oriented research
Schmidt, Julia Trauma / Injuries, Cognition, Neurological Diseases, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cognitive impairment, rehabilitation, Self-awareness, Self-identity, neuroscience
Zwicker, Jill Infant / Child Development, Motor System, Rehabilitation, Prematurity, Learning Disorders in Children, developmental coordination disorder, Brain development, neuroplasticity