Occupational TherapyWestern Health Sciences

Evidence-Based Practice Conference

2015 Conference Details

Friday, April 10
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.

Charles Christiansen

2015 Guest Lecturer

Charles Christiansen, EdD
Executive Director
The American Occupational Therapy Foundation

Read Charles Christiansen's Full Biography

Charles Christiansen is Executive Director of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, located in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to his current position he served as Vice Provost of Health Sciences and Founding Director of the Center for Allied Health Programs at the University of Minnesota. Earlier, and for nearly fourteen years, he served as University Chief Academic Officer, and Dean and George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor in the College of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). He has also held administrative and academic appointments at The University of British Columbia, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and at Texas Woman’s University.Charles Christiansen is Executive Director of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, located in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to his current position he served as Vice Provost of Health Sciences and Founding Director of the Center for Allied Health Programs at the University of Minnesota. Earlier, and for nearly fourteen years, he served as University Chief Academic Officer, and Dean and George T. Bryan Distinguished Professor in the College of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). He has also held administrative and academic appointments at The University of British Columbia, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and at Texas Woman’s University.

Dr. Christiansen was born in Panama and schooled in the United States and abroad. During his youth, He graduated from high school in Germany and returned to the United States to earn an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy at the School of Medicine, University of North Dakota. He later earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Houston. He completed a postdoctoral administrative residency through Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Christiansen is an elected member of several honorary and professional societies, including Pi Theta Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Human Factors Society, the Society for the Study of Occupation (USA) and several international organizations, including the International Society on Quality of Life Studies. He has served as the Vice President and Treasurer of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and as a board member for the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA.

Dr. Christiansen is the recipient of numerous awards, including selection as Occupational Therapist of the Year in 1984 by the Texas Occupational Therapy Association, The Ruth Zemke Lectureship in Occupational Science in 2006, and recipient of the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship by the American Occupational Therapy Association in 1998, that association’s highest academic honor. In 1997 he was presented with the Leone Award for Administrative Excellence and is the inaugural holder of the first endowed distinguished professorship established in the College of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Christiansen was appointed an honorary (adjunct) Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and was honored as an outstanding alumnus of the University of North Dakota during its centennial homecoming celebrations in 2005. In 2007 he received a joint Presidents award from the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

Chuck was Founding Editor of the journal OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health (now in its 32nd year), and has been a senior editor and contributor to three major textbooks: Occupational Therapy: Enabling Function and Well‐Being, Ways of Living: Adaptive Strategies for Special Needs, (each in their third edition) and Introduction to Occupation: The Art and Science of Living (in its second edition). Dr. Christiansen is also co‐editor of Life Balance: Multidisciplinary Theories and Research. He has been a consulting editor or content expert for the past eight editions of Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary and has published over 100 articles, chapters. Editorials, and abstracts in scholarly books and journals.

He resides in Rockville, Maryland and Rochester, MN, and enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, fly‐fishing, sailing, music, art collecting, and literature. He is passionate about his three children, attaining an affordable and effective health care system for all, and argues relentlessly for sustainable development and the ethical, humanitarian and civic responsibilities of academics and professionals.

2015 Conference Poster Presentations

  • Developmental Milestones for Productivity Occupations in Children and Youth: An Integrative Review
    Lisette d'Entremont, Megan Gregor, Evangelia Kirou, Lindsay Nelligan, & Professor Donna Dennis
  • An Integrative Review of School-Based Mental Health Interventions for Elementary Students and Implications for Occupational Therapy
    Carolyn Chan, Jennifer Jankowski, Soo Jung Kim, Ashley Yeung, & Professor Donna Dennis
  • The Occupational Experiences of Refugees: A Scoping Review
    Erin Kelly, Arya Momtazi, Soo Jin Park, Tyler Smith, & Dr. Suzanne Huot
  • Making Difficult Employment Decisions: Secondary Analysis of the Employment Experience of Immigrants to London, Ontario, Canada
    Xiao Chen, Chris King, Kaitlin Watt, Ellen Painter-Zykmund, & Dr. Suzanne Huot
  • The Use of Meal Planning, Shopping, Preparation, and Dinning in Occupational Therapy Practice: A Scoping Review
    Marissa Bozzetto, Sally Jishy, Thera Pacheco, Joshua Westbrook, Clark Heard, & Jared Scott
  • Lived Experiences of Post-Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    Amy Lightfoot, Roya Janemi, Jamie Kirk, Zainab Bukhari, & Dr. Debbie Rudman
  • An Evaluation of the Wheelchair Skills Test and its Fit Within the HAAT Model
    Filip Bojanic, Ryan Chung, Dean Hartley, & Dr. Jan Polgar
  • Clinical Predictors of Fitness to Drive Among Individuals with Parkinson’s
    Dr. Sherrilene Classen, Dr. Jeffrey Holmes, Dr. Liliana Alvarez, Katherine Loew, Ashley Mulvagh, Kayla Rienas, Victoria Walton, & Dr. Wenqing He
  • Refining the Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure for Canadian Stakeholders
    Charles Chen, Peter Ferreira, Carly Meyer, Amy Nywening, Dr. Sherrilene Classen, & Dr. Liliana Alvarez
  • Interventions for the Employment of People with Visual Impairments – A Scoping Review
    Saskia Martin, Andrew McGuire, Tristan Worts, Sandra Rivard & Dr. Lynn Shaw
  • Successful Return to Work for Individuals with Chronic Pain according to Health Care Providers: A Meta-Synthesis
    Crystal Z.D. Chan, A. Colleen Chapman, Lorna Majed, Renata Samigullina, Dejana Trninic, Dr. Lilian Magalhães, & Dr. Lynn Shaw
  • A Scoping Review of the Role of an Occupational Therapist as a Wellness Navigator: An Emerging Practice Area
    Nalisha Gibbs-Noel, Moji Obiri, Alexandra Schmidt, & Dr. Karen Rebeiro Gruhl
  • A Scoping Review of Available Resources to Assist Clinicians in Wheelchair and Seating Service Delivery
    Kayla Bridgman, Calen Crate, Katie Fitzgerald, Kevin Howe, Rebecca Sproviero, Dr. Laura Titus, & Debra Cox
  • Listening to Music May Improve Perceptual Difficulties After Stroke
    Natalia Felitsyn, Dr. Jeffrey Holmes,  & Dr. Liliana Alvarez  

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

YearLecturerTopic
2014 Joyce Tryssenaar, PhD - McMaster University Living the Questions
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