The Evidence-Based Practice Conference is an annual research symposium which provides our 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 our 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.
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.
Susan Forwell, PhD, OT(C), FCAOT
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
University of British Columbia
Professor Forwell is an Associate Professor and Associate Department Head in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Research Associate with the UBC MS clinic and the International Collaboration of Research and Discovery (ICORD), and is an affiliate researcher of Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI). She is involved in research and teaching in occupational science and issues of life transitions as well as neuro-rehabilitation and community integration with special interest in MS, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Her current research is looking at the issue of fatigue and energy management in neurological conditions, living well with chronic conditions, as well as the experience of expected and unexpected life transition and its relationship to occupation.
Prof. Forwell is developing an evidence based behavioral strategy for the treatment of intention tremor and researching the benefits of this occupation-focus intervention for persons with MS. She is widely published, recipient of numerous grants and awards and serves on several grant review panels. She is supervising masters and doctoral students as well as post-doctoral fellows. Currently, Prof. Forwell is on the board of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers; member of the health care advisory council of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America; associate editor of the International Journal of MS Care; sub-editor of the Journal of Occupational Science and is a past president of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
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.
|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|