Gail Teachman, PhD


Assistant Professor
School of Occupational Therapy

Room 2531, Elborn College
519-661-2111 x88958

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  • 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

Additional Information

Featured Publications/Projects

Recent Publications

  • Teachman, G., Lévesque, M., Keboa M. T., Danish, B. A., Mastorakis, K., Noronha, C., Passos dos Santos, R., Singh, H. K., & Macdonald, M. E. (in press). Group peer review: Reflections on a model for teaching and learning qualitative inquiry [Special issue]. International Review of Qualitative Inquiry.
  • Gerlach, A., Teachman, G., Rudman, D., Huot, S., & Aldrich, R. (2018). Moving beyond individualism: Critical perspectives in occupation-focused research and practice. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 25(1), 35-43
  • Carnevale, F. A., Teachman, G., & Bogossian, A. (2017). A relational ethics framework for advancing practice with children with complex health care needs and their parents. Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing, 40(4), 268-284.
  • Njelesani, J, Teachman, G, Durocher, E, Hamdani, Y, Phelan, S. (2015) Thinking critically about client-centered practice and occupational possibilities across the life-span. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 22(4), 252-259.
  • Teachman, G., Mistry, B., & Gibson, B. E. (2014). Doing Qualitative Research with People who have Communication Impairments. In SAGE Research Methods Cases [Online Repository]. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Ltd. 
  • Teachman, G., & Gibson, B. E. (2014) ‘Communicative competence’ in the field of augmentative and alternative communication: a review and critique. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49(1), 1-14.

Research Affiliations

  • Academic Fellow, Critical Qualitative Health Research Centre, University of Toronto, 2016-present

Teaching Areas

  • Leading change in diverse contexts
  • Qualitative research methodology


  • 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