Gail Teachman, PhD


Assistant Professor

Room 2531, Elborn College
519-661-2111 x88958


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (McGill)
  • PhD (Toronto)
  • MSc (Toronto)
  • BScOT (Toronto)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Mediators of social inclusion and exclusion and effects for disabled children’s participation & inclusion
  • Moral experiences of disabled children and youth
  • Social, cultural and ethical dimensions of children’s rehabilitation
  • Communication impairment, augmentative & alternative communication, and the implications of dominant conceptions of ‘voice’
  • Critical perspectives in occupational therapy and occupational science
  • Qualitative methodologies informed by social theory, interdisciplinary studies of childhood ethics, and critical disability studies
  • Ethics in participatory research approaches with young people

Additional Information

Featured Publications/Projects

  • Beyond Giving Voice
  • Teachman, G., McDonough, P., Macarthur, C. and Gibson, B.E. (2020), Interrogating inclusion with youths who use augmentative and alternative communication. Sociology of Health and Illness, 42,(5), 1108-1122.
  • Cascio, A., Motta-Ochoa, R., Teachman, G., Grond, F., Tembeck, T., Blaine-Moraes, S, & Park, M. (2020). What’s at stake with biomusic? Engaging the humanities and social sciences in the ethical reflections on an emerging technology. Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation.
  • Facca, D, Gladstone, B., & Teachman G. (2020). Working the Limits of ‘Giving Voice” to Children: A Critical Conceptual Review, International Journal of Qualitative Methods.
  • Fadyl, J., Teachman, G., & Hamdani, S. (2020) Return to normal or social change? The impact of rehabilitation as a social practice. Disability & Rehabilitation, 42(20), 2959-2966.
  • Montreuil, M., Teachman, G., & Carnevale, F.A. (2019). Recognizing the voices of all children, including those with ‘cognitive impairments,’ in research. In M. A. Cascio & E. Racine (Eds.), Research Involving Participants with Impaired Cognition: Ethics, Autonomy, Inclusion, and Innovation (pp. 135-148). Oxford University Press.
  • Teachman, G. (2020) Brief invited contribution to Consent [Chapter 8] in The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People: A Practical Handbook, 2nd Ed, (pp.150-151). V. Morrow & P. Alderson, Eds., SAGE Publications
  • Update to Teachman, G., Lévesque, M., Keboa M. T., Danish, B. A., Mastorakis, K., Noronha, C., Passos dos Santos, R., Singh, H. K., & Macdonald, M. E. (2018). Group Peer Review: Reflections on a Model for Teaching and Learning Qualitative Inquiry. International Review of Qualitative Research, 11(4), 452-4661.

Recent Publications

Current Projects

  • Reframing childhood disability: Bridging political and disciplinary boundaries to improve disabled children’s lives (SSHRC Insight Development Grant 2020-22).
  • Listening to children in health matters: Examining the intersection of family-centred care, best interests, and children agency (WSS CIHR Seed Grant, 2020-21)
  • Partnering with disabled youth: A participatory study of youth engagment in health research and governance' (CHILD-BRIGHT Training Innovation Grant; VOICE McGill sub-grant; WSS Catalyst Grant 2019 - 2021)
  • Beyond Giving Voice: Advancing theory and methodologies for qualitative research with children (SSHRC Connection Grant, 2020-21)
  • Thriving in the detour: Understanding the meaning of parent-to-parent support for families of children who are Ddeaf or hard of hearing (Dd/HH) (Western Emerging Team Grant, PI: Dr. Sheila Moodie)
  • Clarifying the best interests standard in children's medical decision-making: Toward a consistent and reliable practice (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, PI: Dr. Jacob Shelley)
  • Conceptualizing paediatric concussion recovery: A pilot patient-oriented multimedia storytelling project (with Dr. Katie Mah, PDA, Western and Dr. Barbara Gibson, Bloorview Research Institute, Toronto)

Research Affiliations

  • Adjunct Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabiilitation Hospital, Toronto
  • Core Member, VOICE (Views on Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics, McGill University 

Teaching Areas

  • Leading change in diverse contexts
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Ethics in professional practice
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Transformative directions in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • Philosophical foundations in qualitative inquiry


  • CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016-18
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar 2011-2014
  • 2017 Joan Eakin Award for Methodological Excellence in a Qualitative Doctoral Dissertation
    Honorable Mention, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto
  • 2016 Governor General’s Gold Medal
    School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
  • 2016 Peer Mentorship Award
    Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • 2013 Faculty of Medicine Award for Research Innovation
    Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • 2009 Year of Excellence Award: Outstanding Clinical Contributions and Achievements
    Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Toronto
  • 2003 Fieldwork Education Roster of Excellence [Teaching Award]
    School of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba
  • 2001 Outstanding contribution to Clinical Education [Teaching Award]
    Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto