Debbie Laliberte Rudman, PhD

Debbie Rudman

Distinguished University Professor

Room 2537, Elborn College
519 661-2111 x88965


  • PhD (Toronto)
  • MSc (Western)
  • BScOT (Toronto)

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Director, School of Occupational Therapy

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • 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; employment, unemployment and ‘at risk’ collectives)
  • Social transformation through occupation

Additional Information

Featured Publications/Projects

  • McGrath, C., & Laliberte Rudman, D. (2019). Using participant observation to enable critical understandings of disability in later life: An illustration conducted with older adults with low vision. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18, 1-11.
  • McGrath, C., & Corrado, AM. (2019). Psychological adaptation strategies to support engagement: A metasynthesis of vision loss research. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 86(5), 377-387.

Recent Publications

Teaching Areas

  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Scholarly practice in Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Science
  • Critical social theory
  • Occupational inequities


  • Muriel Driver Lectureship, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, October 2020
  • Keynote lecture, Danish Occupational Therapy Educators, August 2019
  • Keynote lecture, Japanese Society for the Study of Occupation, Dec. 2018
  • Keynote lecture, The OTther Symposium, South Africa, May 2018
  • Keynote lecture, Occupational Science Europe, Sept. 2017
  • Keynote lecture, University of Sao Paulo, 11th Occupational Therapy Symposium, May 2017
  • Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture, University of Madison-Wisconsin, Sept. 2016
  • Nicole Ebacher Memorial Lecture, Université Laval, May 2016

Professional Activities

  • Member, Executive Committee, Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion, 2019-present
  • Item generation co-ordinator. National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination Committee, September, 2014 – September, 2020
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Occupational Science, 2017-present
  • Member, International Editorial Board, Brazilian Journal of Occupational Therapy, November, 2017 – present
  • Organizing group member, International Social Transformation through Occupation Network, 2016-present