Liliana Alvarez, PhD

Liliana Alvarez

Assistant Professor
School of Occupational Therapy

Room 2581, Elborn College
519-661-2111 x88957


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Western)
  • PhD (Alberta)
  • MSc (Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia)
  • BScOT (Universidad del Rosario, Colombia)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Driving performance and fitness to drive of at-risk drivers
  • Road Safety
  • Driving Simulation and vehicle automation

Additional Information

Featured Publications/Projects

Recent Publications

  • Classen, S., Krasniuk, S., Knott, M., Alvarez, L., Monahan, M., Morrow, S., Danter, T. (2016). Inter-Rater Reliability of Western University’s On-Road Assessment. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. In Press.
  • Classen, S., Alvarez, L., Chen, C., Ferreira, P., Meyer C., Nywening, A. (2016). Developing a Canadian-specific version of the Fitness-to-Drive Screening Measure©. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. In Press.
  • Ravenek, M., & Alvarez, L. (2016). Use of Mobile 'Apps' in Occupational Therapy: Therapist, Client and App Considerations to Guide Decision Making. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin. In Press.
  • Classen, S., Medhizadah, S., Alvarez, L., & Krasniuk, S. (2016). The Fitness-to-drive Screening Measure©: Patterns and Trends for Canadian Users. In Press. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. In Press.
  • Classen, S., Alvarez, L. (2015). Editorial: Evidence-Informed Reviews—Moving Occupational Therapy Practice and Science Forward. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 35 (4), 199-203.
  • Alvarez, L., Wiebe, S.A., Adams, K., Hope, A., Cook, A. (2014) The Neurophyiology of augmentative manipulation: A method for technical implementation. Technology and Disability.
  • Encarnação, P., Alvarez, L., Rios, A., Maya, C., Adams, K., & Cook, A. M. (2013). Using virtual robot mediated play activities to assess cognitive skills. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. Early Online, pp. 1-11.
  • Alvarez L., Rios A.M., Adams K., Encarnação P., Cook A. (2013) From Infancy to Early Childhood: The Role of Augmentative Manipulation Robotic Tools in Cognitive and Social Development for Children with Motor Disabilities. In J.L. Pons et al. (Eds.): Converging Clinical & Engineering. Research on NeuroRehabilitation. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelbergpp, 905–909. Proceedings of the International Conference on Neurorehabilitation, Toledo, Spain, November 14-16, 2012.
  • Cook, A., Adams, K., Encarnaçao, P., Alvarez, L. (2012) The Role of Assisted Manipulation in Cognitive Development. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(2): 136-148

Research Affiliations

Teaching Areas

  • Neurological and musculoskeletal disorders and their impact on occupational performance and participation
  • Assistive Technology


  • 2015 Keynote Speaker, International Breakfast, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 95th Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2013 Highly Commended Distinction, in the Young Researcher Award Competition. 12th European "Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE)" Conference
  • 2009 Scholarship Francisco José de Caldas for Young Researchers. National Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation,  Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 2007 Merit Degree distinction for academic excellence in Occupational Therapy, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.
  • 2006 The Night of the Best: Highest national score in the National Occupational Therapy Undergraduate Exam ECAES. Education Ministry, Presidential Office, Colombia.

Professional Activities

  • Interim Program Coordinator - Research, World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
  • Principal Delegate - Colombia, World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
  • Assistant Editor, OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
  • Member, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Member, American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member, Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists