Occupational TherapyWestern Health Sciences

Meet Our Faculty Members and 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

Postdoctoral ScholarResearch Interests

Alvarez, Liliana

  • Driver research, rehabilitation and community mobility
  • Assistive technology
  • Evidence based practice and clinical reasoning in OT

Durocher, Evelyne

  • Ethical tensions in healthcare practice
  • Issues of justice related to the enablement or prevention of participation in occupations
  • Relational perspectives of autonomy
  • Older adults and aging
  • Critical qualitative research methods

Grundy, John

  • Public policy
  • Public administration
  • Employment and unemployment
  • Equity
Research SupervisorsResearch Interests

Bossers, Ann

  • Fieldwork
  • Preceptorship
  • Competency-based evaluation
  • Professionalism
  • Mentorship
  • The use of professional portfolios

Classen, Sherrilene

  • Driving screening, evaluation, and intervention
  • Older drivers
  • Drivers across the lifespan with neurological conditions
  • Community mobility

Dennis, Donna

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

Hand, Carri

  • 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

Holmes, Jeff

  • 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

Huot, Suzanne

  • Occupational Science
  • International migration and integration
  • Francophone minority communities
  • Critical qualitative research methodologies

Kinsella, Anne

  • Health Professional Education & Practice
  • Epistemologies of Practice: Reflective Practice, Critical Reflection, Reflexivity
  • Ethical Tensions in the Health Professions
  • Embodied knowledge (practical wisdom, embodiment, practice epistemologies)
  • Humanities in Health Professional Education
  • Philosophical Foundations of Social Research
  • Human Occupation: Women's Occupation, Occupational Identity, Creative Occupation, Occupational Justice, End-of-Life Occupation

Magalhães, Lilian

  • Qualitative research and visual methodologies
  • Vulnerable and invisible populations, with specific foci on diversity, immigration, occupational justice and culture
  • How world views and belief systems are intertwined to shape the way we see ourselves and others
  • Study and development of antioppressive strategies to overcome social and health inequities

Mandich, Angie

  • 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

Miller, Linda

  • 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

Polgar, Jan

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

Ravenek, Michael

  • Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease
  • Chronic Illness in Adulthood
  • Qualitative Research
  • Technology in Education
  • Integrated Knowledge Translation

Rudman, Debbie

  • 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)

Spaulding, Sandi

  • Rehabilitation of neurological movement disorders
  • Clinical kinesiology
  • Motor control in individuals with movement difficulties

Tucker, Trish

  • 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