Sachindri Wijekoon, PhD

Assistant Professor

Room 2539, EC
519 661-2111 xTBA
@OT_Sachii 
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ORCID:  0000-0001-8447-0218

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of Toronto & Autism Research Centre, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital)
  • PhD (Western University)
  • MScOT (University of Toronto)
  • HBSc (University of Toronto)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational Science and Health and Aging Fields MSc | PhD

Research In Profile

Professor Wijekoon’s research aims to contribute to the understanding of the multifaceted nature of occupational transitions experienced by marginalized older adults, who often experience higher levels of disadvantages, inequities, and exclusions into old age. By delving into the complexities and nuances of their occupational engagement as they navigate significant life changes during later stages of their lives, she aims to shed light on the distinct barriers and facilitators that shape their occupational experiences.

This research interest intersects with her secondary research focus on anti-oppressive approaches. Through critical inquiry, professor Wijekoon aims to develop a globally relevant and socially responsive occupational therapy framework founded on the principles of challenging and dismantling oppressive structures, fostering inclusivity, and promoting equitable access to occupational opportunities for marginalized groups.

Featured Publications and Projects

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Wijekoon, S., & Peter, N. (2022). Examining racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in occupational science research: Perspectives of persons of color. Journal of Occupational Science, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2022.2119269 
  • Welch, C., Senman, L., Loftin, R., Picciolini, C., Robison, J., Westphal, A., Perry, B., Nguyen, J., Jachyra, P., Stevenson, S., Aggarwal, J., Wijekoon, S., Baron-Cohen, S., & Penner, M. (2022). Understanding the Use of the Term “Weaponized Autism” in An Alt-Right Social Media Platform. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05701-0 
  • Singh, H., Sangrar, R., Wijekoon, S., Nekolaichuk, E., Kokorelias, K. M., Nelson, M. L. A., Mirzazada, S., Nguyen, T., Assaf, H., & Colquhoun, H. (2022). Applying “cultural humility” to occupational therapy practice: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 12(7), e063655–e063655. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-063655 
  • Wijekoon, S., Laliberte Rudman, D., Hand, C., & Polgar, J. (2022). Taking refuge in religion: Buddhist-oriented coping following late-life immigration. Canadian Journal on Aging, 1–11. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0714980821000684 
  • Wijekoon, S., Rudman, D. L., Hand, C., & Polgar, J. (2021). Late-life immigrants’ place integration through occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2021.1960589 
  • Wijekoon, S., Wilson, W., Gowan, N., Ferreira, L., Phadke, C., Udler, E., & Bontempo, T. (2020). Experiences of occupational performance in survivors of stroke attending peer support groups. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 87(3), 173–181. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0008417420905707 
  • Hand, C., Huot, S., Laliberte Rudman, D., & Wijekoon, S. (2017). Qualitative-geospatial methods of exploring person-place transactions in aging adults: A scoping review. The Gerontologist, 57(3), e47–e61. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnw130

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Additional Information

Media Highlights

  • Online publication, BRI Quarterly (January, 2023)
  • Blog, CAOT Conference 2019: Sessions on Newcomers and People with Refugee Backgrounds (September, 2019)

Professional Activities

  • Team member, En-AGE team, Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists