Lynn Shaw, PhD


  • PhD (Western University)
  • MScOT (Western University)
  • BscOT (Western University)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Occupational Therapy MScOT
  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences MSc | PhD

Research In Profile

Professor Lynn Shaw contributes to ongoing research and partnerships to address work disparities, work disruptions and addressing systemic issues needed to create opportunities for Decent Work, social inclusion, the promotion of occupational participation, and workplace health and well-being. One of the ways she has addressed inequities and barriers to work is through engaging with and building research capacity of community members and organizations and mentoring persons with disabilities in pursuing research. She is currently the column editor for the Journal WORK on Equitable Work Transitions and Mobility: Advancing Decent Work for All.

She is part of research grants with international & national collaborations across universities. Using occupational science, futures, critical lenses and collective ways of knowing she collaboratively study’s occupational transitions, work place transformation, work disparities experienced by many groups including persons with disabilities, injured workers, and people with chronic pain, return to work, work mobility, assessment of work demands and environments, ergonomics and universal design. Other key areas are in health transformation through Interprofessional academic collaborative approaches and workplace innovations, along with systematic reviews in occupational therapy, chronic pain, assistive technologies and chiropractic. Areas of new focus in work include technological disruptions and the impact on future work.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • M Engelbrecht, L van Niekerk, L Shaw (2022). Supported employment for youth with intellectual disability: Promoting occupational justice, Journal of Occupational Science, 1-17.
  • L Moritz, L Jackson, J Gahagan, L Shaw, (2022). Access and Inclusion: The Experiences of Postsecondary Students with Mobility-Related Physical Disabilities. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 11 (2), 181-208.
  • Bryson-Campbell, M., Shaw, L., Cooper, L., Chedore, B. (2020). Knowledge Transfer: Making Information Work. Developing guidelines to support injured workers who live and work with chronic pain. WORK: A Journal of Assessment, Prevention and Rehabilitation. DOI:10.3233/WOR-203180
  • Magalhães, L, Chan, C, Chapman, AC, Majed, L, Samigullina, R, Trninic, D, Shaw, L. (2017). Successful return to work of individuals with chronic pain according to health are providers: a meta-synthesis. Brazilian Journal of Occupational Therapy. ISSN: 2526-8910. DOI:
  • Shaw, L. (2016). Past Meanings and Future Horizons of Work Mobility: Implications for Canadians and Occupational Science, Journal of Occupational Science, DOI:10.1080/14427591.2016.1209999)
  • Shaw, L., Tetzlaff, B., Jennings, M.B. Southall, K. (2013).The standpoint of persons with hearing loss on work disparities and workplace accommodations. WORK, 46 (3) 193-204.
  • Shaw, L., Jennings, MB., MacDonald, M., Verge, J. (2019). Use of the Person-Environment-Occupation Model as an Analytic Tool for Audiology, Occupational Therapy and Workplaces in Generating Solutions to Support Workers with Hearing Loss Succeed at Work. Canadian Audiologist, 6, 5, 1-7.

Visit Google Scholar for a comprehensive list of publications.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Potential projects/topics for graduate students:

  • Occupational Science, Occupational Therapy, WORK, IPE and specific interests include (not exclusive):
    • The future of work
    • Examining system, contextual, technological, attitudinal disruptions to work
    • Living and working with chronic conditions, and chronic pain
    • Decent work, work transitions, work inequities and disparities, Universal Design for hearing and work occupations, ergonomics, and research on occupation as transformative
  • Interprofessional innovations in education
  • Topics in occupational science and collaborative ways of knowing
Email professor Lynn Shaw at for more information.

Additional Information


  • 2013-2015 Faculty Scholar Western University - $14,000.00
  • 2013 Clinical Award – Best Paper World Chiropractic Congress Durban, South Africa - $10,000.00.
  • 2013 Nominated and Awarded Townsend Polatajko Lectureship for 2014.
  • 2014 10 Year dedication award by the Canadian Federation of the Chiropractic Educational and Accrediting Boards

Professional Activities

  • President, Canadian Society of Occupational Science
  • Board Member/Canadian Injured Workers Alliance
  • Chair, Council Chiropractic Education Canada
  • Executive Member, Federation Chiropractic Canada
  • Donor Liaison, Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation
  • Board Member, Universal Design Network Canada
  • Editorial Board member, WORK, JOS
  • Column Editor, Journal WORK on Equitable Work Transitions and Mobility: Advancing Decent Work for All