Occupational TherapyWestern Health Sciences

Evidence-Based Practice Conference

2014 Conference Details

Friday, April 11
8:30 am -  Noon
Room 1534, Elborn College

The Evidence-Based Practice Conference is an annual research symposium which provides second year MScOT students with the opportunity to disseminate key findings from their research projects to students, faculty, and clinicians from the Western community.

The poster presentation showcases the diverse research undertaken by students and is the culmination of the Supervised Research in Occupation course. The Conference also celebrates the exciting and innovative scholarship occurring in the School of Occupational Therapy.

Barbara Sexton Lectureship

The Barbara Sexton Lectureship was established in 1999 to reward innovation and excellence in occupational therapy teaching and to foster professional enrichment. Western's School of Occupational Therapy annually invites a distinguished visitor to give a public presentation for the Evidence-Based Practice Conference.

Joyce Tryssenaar

2014 Guest Lecturer

Joyce Tryssenaar, PhD, MEd, BScOT
Associate Professor
School of Rehabilitation Science
McMaster University

Read Professor Joyce Tryssenaar's Full Biography

Joyce Tryssenaar is an occupational therapist and Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University. She is currently the Northern Studies Stream Occupational Therapy Coordinator and also the Coordinator of the post-professional course-based online option of the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science Program at McMaster. Joyce’s primary practice area is in mental health and mental illness and she has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, outpatient, community, and crisis intervention. Her research interests include psychotherapy and occupational therapy, rural and remote practice, curriculum and faculty development, and interprofessional education. Her teaching areas include clinical reasoning and decision-making, facilitating learning in the rehabilitation context, mental health and illness, stigma, and grief and loss. She lives and works in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

2014 Conference Poster Presentations

  • A Scoping Review of the Physical Accessibility of Post-Secondary Schools for Individuals with Mobility Impairments
    Brittany Moore, Nina Berardi, Erin Miller, Nathania Lukman, & Professor Lisa Klinger
  • Advancing Understanding of Social Inclusion and Social Participation Amongst Older Adults with Low Vision
    Michelle Bonafiglia, Sarah Boright, Alyssa Dagg, Olivia Yeung, & Dr. Debbie Laliberte Rudman
  • Countering Media Messages about Older Drivers: Opportunities for Occupational Therapists
    Lindsay Beharriell, Rachel Devries, Angela Goertz, Vanessa Preston, Dr. Jan Polgar, & Dr. Lynn Shaw
  • The Occupational Role of the Peer Support Worker: A Scoping Review
    Cassandra Bogart, Amber Cooper, Rachel Durkin, Kelly Librock, Dr. Karen Rebeiro Gruhl, & Dr. Lynn Shaw
  • Sociocultural Factors Influencing Work Performance for Immigrants: A Scoping Review
    Abigail Bernardez, Thanh Dinh, Celia, Hernandez, Olga Vallejos, & Dr. Lynn Shaw
  • Occupational Therapy and Health Promotion: A Scoping Review
    Gagan Dhaliwal, Hilary Jutras, Rachel Lamb, Dr. Trish Tucker, & Professor Ann Bossers
  • Occupational Biographies of Octogenarians
    Leanne Arseneau, Megan Cuncins, Jessica Mullin, Christina Polsinelli, & Professor Sandra Hobson
  • External Cueing as a Treatment Strategy for Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease: A Scoping Review
    BJ DeMarchi, Lacey Dummitt, Michael LeBlanc, Kristen Wood, & Dr. Jeffrey Holmes
  • The Effectiveness of Rehabilitation Programs for Youth in the Justice System
    Carolyn Caicco, Monica Nyiszli, Alexandra Paolini, Miranda Wilson, & Professor Donna Dennis
  • Effectiveness of Community-Based Sheltered Work for Individuals with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness: An Integrative Review
    Randy McVeigh, Courtney Moore, Tareyn Rollheiser, Jillian Whitmore, Carol Kurek, Nancy Michienzi James, Dr. Jeffrey Holmes, & Dr. Trish Tucker
  • Occupational Science Literature – Analysis of Content Throughout the Last Decade: A Pilot Study
    Julian Amchislavsky, Sergiy Kudryavtsev, & Yuchen Liu
  • What People with Chronic Pain Want: Strategies to Support Resumption of Work
    Duncan Boothby, Danielle Burgsma, Kristine Germain, Alison Senior, Professor Lisa Klinger, & Dr. Lynn Shaw
  • Functional Impairments Related to Mental Health Disorders in the Child and Youth Population
    Khalesha Linton, Tracy Li, Lina Ho, Margaret Looker, & Professor Donna Dennis
  • Ethical Tensions in Occupational Therapy Practice: A Scoping Review
    Katy Bushby, Jody Chan, Shawna Druif, Kim Ho, & Dr. Elizabeth Anne Kinsella

Who is Barbara Sexton?

Barbara Sexton

Professor Sexton dedicated her career to the profession of Occupational Therapy and its advancement, both nationally and internationally. Following a successful career as a clinician, Professor Sexton joined the faculty at Western in 1973, just one year after the inception of the School. Thus, she was involved in the education of every graduate in Occupational Therapy from Western prior to her retirement in 1995. Barabara’s specialty was mental health with an emphasis on interviewing and small groups. She worked hard to ensure that every graduate of this program was not only educated in the relevant theories of the discipline, but also in the clinical skills required in the day-to-day practice of the profession.

During her tenure at Western, Professor Sexton served in many capacities and on many committees, both internal and external to the University. Most notably, she was the Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences from 1990 to 1994. She served as a member of the Review Board of the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy for nine years. She was actively involved with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists for 12 years, serving as an executive of the Federation for eight years. While functioning in this role, she served not only the World Federation, but also acted as an ambassador for Canadian Occupational Therapy. The University awarded her the status of Professor Emeritus in 1995.

Professor Sexton had numerous publications in professional journals, made numerous presentations at scientific and professional meetings, and is the author of the widely used textbook, “Small Groups in Therapy Settings: Process and Leadership” which is in its fourth edition.

Professor Sexton received the Life Member Award from the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, and was an Honorary Fellow of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. All of these honors recognize her major contribution to these Societies and to Occupational Therapists in general.

Professor Sexton’s academic career was marked by dedication to the profession, to the University, and most notably to her students.

Previous Sexton Lecturers

2013 Sue Forwell, PhD - University of British Columbia The Chicken Soup of Occupation
2012 Rachel Thibeault, PhD - University of Ottawa Going Against the Flow: Building Resilience Through Selective Occupations
2011 Mary Egan, PhD - University of Ottawa Safety and Connection: Key Concerns of Occupational Therapy
2010 Huguette Pickard - Université de Montrèal (retired) Engagement in Society: How can Occupational Therapists Make a Difference
2009 Elizabeth McKay, PhD - University of Limerick Exploring the Essence of Exceptional Practitioners
2008 Helene Polatajko, PhD - University of Toronto The Occupational Science Imperative
2007 Gail Whiteford, PhD - Charles Sturt University Wellbeing: An Occupational Perspective
2006 Catherine Backman, PhD - University of British Columbia Doing, Being, Participating
2005 Ruth Zemke, PhD - University of Southern California Time, Space, & Occupations: Interactions Shaping Our Perceptions of Life
2004 Elizabeth Townsend, PhD - Dalhousie University A Mediation on the Visibility and Viability of Enabling Occupation
2002 Mary Law, PhD - McMaster University Participation in Everyday Life
2001 Loree Primeau, PhD - University of Texas, Medical Branch Leadership as a Way of Being
2000 Anita Unruh, PhD - Dalhousie University Application of the Spirituality Construct to Evidence Based Practice
1999 Thelma Sumsion, PhD - Brunel University The Journey of Life