Jan Polgar, PhD

Jan Polgar

School of Occupational Therapy 

Room 2549, Elborn College
519 661-2111 x88966


  • PhD (Toronto)
  • MAOT (Southern California)
  • BScOT (Toronto)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

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

Additional Information

Recent Publications

  • Mortenson W, Miller WC & Miller Polgar J. (2014). Measurement properties of the Late Life Disability Index among individuals who use power wheelchairs as their primary means of mobility. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95, 1918-24. DOI:10.1016/j/apmr.2014.05.020.
  • Kirby RL, Miller WC, Routhier F, Demers L, Mihailidis A, Polgar JM... & Sawatzky B. (2015). Effectiveness of a wheelchair skills training program for powered wheelchair users: a randomized controlled trial. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 96(11), 2017-2026.
  • McKenna A, Kloseck M, Crilly RG & Polgar J. (2015). Purchasing and using personal emergency response systems (PERS): how decisions are made by community dwelling elderly. BMC Geriatrics, 15, 81. DOI 10.1186/212877-015-0079-z.
  • Cook AM & Polgar JM. (2015). Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice (4th edition). St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Polgar JM. (2015). Environmental factors: Technology, In C. Christiansen, C. Baum, & J. Bass (Eds.). Occupational Therapy: Performance, participation and well-being, 4th ed. Slack Incorporated.

Research Affiliations

  • i-Mobile Research Lab
  • AUTO21 - Network of Centres of Excellence
  • CanDRIVE - Canadian Driving Research Initiative For Vehicular Safety in the Elderly
  • Canwheel - Improving wheeled mobility in older adults
  • Lawson Health Research Institute

Teaching Areas

  • Assistive Technology
  • Occupational Therapy Assessment


Professional Activities

  • American Occupational Therapy Foundation - Board Member
  • Council of Ontario Universities Quality Council Appraisal Committee
  • Professional Accreditation Member - Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists