Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy

riginally 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 occupational balance, activity disruption, social role participation, arthritis, chronic illness, health & well-being, occupational therapy
Barbic, Skye 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
Jarus, Tal Motor learning with an emphasis on skill acquisition, retention and generalization, occupational performance, participation, health and well-being
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 Accessibility, Assistive technology, Occupational therapy, Caregiving, Social participation, Spinal cord injury, Outcome measures, Robotics
Nimmon, Laura Qualitative research, Social network analysis, Healthcare team communication, Patient centered care, Chronic disease care, End of life care
Zwicker, Jill brain development and motor impairment throughout childhood; Pediatrics, Human Development, Research Methods