2017 Evidence-Based Practice Conference

2017 Conference Details

Wednesday, April 12
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.

Marcia Finlayson

2017 Guest Lecturer

Marcia Finlayson, PhD
School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Queen's University

Read Marcia Finlayson's Full Biography

Dr. Finlayson's research program focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating self-management programs and rehabilitation services to enhance the health and well-being of people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). These people include both individuals with the disease and their family caregivers. The ultimate goal of Dr. Finlayson's scholarship is to enable people affected by MS to lead healthy, meaningful lives, and exert choice and control over their participation in daily activities at home and in the community particularly as they age. Her specific topical interests include falls prevention, fatigue management, caregiver support, and utilization of health-related services. She is the lead and co-founder of the International MS Falls Prevention Research Network, which includes 9 other MS rehabilitation researchers from the US, Ireland, Italy, and the UK.

2017 Conference Program of Events

Registration and Coffee: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Room 1534, Elborn College

Welcome and Award Presentation: 9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

Room 1330, Elborn College

Barbara Sexton Lecture: 9:20 - 10:20 a.m.

Room 1330, Elborn College

Poster Presentations: 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Room 1300, Elborn College

2017 Conference Poster Presentations

  • Effectiveness of Mirror Therapy for Upper Limb Stroke Recovery: A Meta-Analysis
  • The Role of Caregiver Play in Promoting Infant Mental Health
  • Evidence-informed Textbook Review: Process and Practice Implications for Driving
  • Mindfulness and Human Occupation: A Scoping Review Occupational Therapy Literature
  • Scoping Review of Mobile Device Apps That can be Applied to Diabetes Management Through the use of Occupational Therapy
  • The Use of Deep Pressure Therapy in Management of Symptoms Related to Concussions: A Scoping Review
  • Feasibility and Utility of Behavioural Mapping the Occupations of Older Adults in Public Spaces
  • Exploring Occupational Therapy Interventions for Youth Anxiety Disorders: A Scoping Review
  • Occupational Therapy Interventions for Informal Caregivers of Stroke Survivors: A Scoping Review
  • The Physical Activity Levels of Children on Natural Playgrounds
  • Behavioural Mapping Older Adults’ Occupational Engagement in Public Spaces
  • Risk Factors Impacting the Safety of Older Adults in Inpatient Rehabilitation Settings
  • Considering the Implications of Barriers to Healthcare Accessibility for Occupations in the High North
  • Informal Leadership in the Clinical Setting: Occupational Therapist Perspectives
  • Exploring How Those Working in the Employment Sector Perceive the Labour Market Integration of Immigrants in London, Ontario

About 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

Year Lecturer Topic
2017 Marcia Finlayson - Queen's University Building evidence to support practice: The example of managing fatigue in multiple sclerosis
2016 Bill Miller, PhD - University of British Columbia Lessons Learned from a Life Woven in Occupational Therapy
2015 Charles Christiansen, EdD - American Occupational Therapy Foundation The Path Ahead: A Conversation About Value
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

Parking Information

Parking for the Evidence-Based Practice Conference is available in the Huron Flats Parking Lot at a cost of $7. The lot is located at the southeast corner of Sarnia Road and Western Road. Enter the Huron Flats lot by turning east off Western Road onto Philip Aziz Blvd. There is no parking available at Elborn College.

More Information

For more information about the conference, please contact: Trish Tucker, PhD - ttucker2@uwo.ca or 519-661-2111 x88977