Christine Guptill holds concurrent bachelors degrees in oboe performance and biology from Western University. She completed an MS in occupational therapy at Western Michigan University in 2000, and PhD in rehabilitation sciences at Western in 2010. Her doctoral work was supported by a fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and her post-doctoral fellowship was funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research at McMaster University.
Guptill’s research focuses on the health and participation of musicians. She has published 13 papers on this subject, ranging from surveys, to qualitative interviews with professional musicians, to a prevention article for music educators. She has presented her work at conferences worldwide, and has presented workshops in the Don Wright Faculty of Music, at the Ontario Music Educators Association conference, and for London Youth Symphony. In 2011, she received the Performing Arts Medicine Association Young Investigator award. Guptill is a faculty member with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and in 2012, she was honoured with a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her work as a founding member of the health advisory team.
Guptill, a registered occupational therapist, has taught in the schools of Health Studies and Occupational Therapy at Western. Her course, Health and Music Performance (3949B), was first offered in 2009, and is cross-listed with Health Studies (3091B) and the Department of Music Performance. She is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, and performs regularly as an oboist with the Concert Players Orchestra in London, Ont.