Faculty Members & Postdoctoral Scholars

Faculty members in the School of Occupational Therapy are engaged in impactful research across a number of areas related to occupation and health. In addition, sessional instructors provide unique perspectives on the field that enhance the learning experience of students. Click on a faculty member's name to view their full profile and learn more about their research.

Sessional Instructors

Our sessional instructors are clinicians and practicing occupational therapists that help connect students with the changing demands of the field.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Molly Driediger

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  • Physical activity among preschoolers
  • Program implementation and evaluation
  • Children’s perspectives
  • Psychological interventions (e.g., imagery use, self-efficacy)
  • Self-presentation and social physique anxiety

AnnaLise Trudell

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  • Gender issues
  • Youth engagement
  • Feminist poststructuralism
  • Feminist praxis in community
  • Queer issues

Research Supervisors and Interests

Liliana Alvarez

Liliana Alvarez
  • Driving rehabilitation research
  • Role of driving simulation, vehicle automation and ICTs in the participation of individuals across the life-span
  • Assistive technologies

Donna Dennis

Donna Dennis
  • Health promotion
  • Child and youth mental health
  • Disruptive behaviours
  • Children and youth at risk for conflict with the law
  • Defining independence

Carri Hand

Carri Hand
  • Influence of the built and social neighbourhood environment on occupational performance and participation in older adults; age-friendly communities; aging in place
  • Social connectedness, social inclusion and social engagement among older adults in community and primary care settings
  • Negotiation of environments to achieve participation in occupations
  • Primary health care services for older adults with chronic diseases; occupational therapy in primary health care
  • Measurement of occupational performance, participation in occupations, and quality of life, particularly in primary care settings
  • Community-based participatory research

Jeff Holmes

Jeff Holmes
  • Non-pharmacological management of a cluster of neurological disorders known as "Movement Disorders"
  • Clinical utilization of the popular virtual reality gaming system Nintendo Wii
  • Adolescent concussion education and psychosocial implications on occupational identity

Elizabeth Anne Kinsella

Elizabeth Anne Kinsella
  • Epistemologies of practice
  • Reflective practice, critical reflection, reflexivity
  • Human occupation and occupational justice
  • Mindfulness
  • Practical wisdom
  • Ethics
  • Critical disability studies
  • Social theory and qualitative research

Angie Mandich

Angie Mandich
  • Exploring meaning in occupation and activity
  • Investigating motor learning and motor skill acquisition in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Development and testing of cognitive intervention
  • Cognitive orientation to occupational performance for children with DCD
  • Client-centred care
  • Spirituality
  • Understanding occupational engagement and participation in children

Colleen McGrath

Colleen McGrath
  • Age-Related Vision Loss (ARVL)
  • Neighbourhood and environmental influences on occupational engagement for older adults
  • Risk in older adulthood
  • Intersections of ageism and ableism in shaping older adults' identities
  • Technology adoption patterns in later life

Linda Miller

Linda Miller
  • Refining measurement through the use of large samples and multiple variables, using large survey databases and modeling methods
  • Improving our understanding of health conditions by examining the measurement of health constructs
  • Refining measurement through improving our understanding of the factors that affect measurement

Jan Polgar

Jan Polgar
  • Aspects of mobility; including product design, use and functional outcome
  • Assistive technology
  • The consumer's ability to use technology
  • Safe transportation for seniors

Michael Ravenek

Michael Ravenek
  • Fieldwork education
  • Qualitative research
  • Technology in education
  • Integrated knowledge translation

Debbie Rudman

Debbie Rudman
  • Contemporary structuring and negotiation of retirement and later life work
  • Critical social theory and occupational science
  • Critical gerontology
  • Shaping of occupation in later life, and interconnections between occupation, identity, participation, and well-being
  • Negotiation of chronic disability (e.g. low vision) and other transitions (e.g. migration) in later life 
  • Disparities in occupational possibilities created through socio-political conditions and forces (e.g. post-secondary education and First Nations youth; work and migrants)

Trish Tucker

Trish Tucker
  • Health promotion
  • Child and youth health
  • Measurement and promotion of physical activity among preschool-aged children
  • Environmental influences on physical activity in childcare settings
  • Neighbourhood environmental influences on physical activity among children and youth
  • Childhood obesity