Faculty Members

Faculty members in the School of Occupational Therapy are engaged in impactful research across a number of areas related to occupation and health. Click on a faculty member's name to view their full profile and learn more about their research.

Research Supervisors and Interests

Liliana Alvarez

Liliana Alvarez
  • Driving performance and fitness to drive of at-risk drivers
  • Road safety
  • Driving simulation and vehicle automation
  • Injury prevention
  • Technology in health promotion and rehabilitation
  • Evidence-based practice

Carri Hand

Carri Hand
  • Older adults’ lives in their neighbourhoods, particularly their participation in daily activities and occupations, social engagement, and mobility
  • Relationships between the person and their physical and social environments; age-friendly communities; aging in place
  • Strategies to create environments that support older adults’ participation and engagement in their communities
  • Services and for older adults that promote their participation in activities and occupations and social connectedness
  • The role of occupational therapy in primary care
  • Measurement of occupational performance, participation in occupations, and quality of life, particularly in primary care setting

Jeff Holmes

Jeff Holmes
  • Non-pharmacological management of gait and balance impairments among individuals with Parkinson’s disease
  • Exploring psychosocial support needs experienced by carepartners of individuals with Parkinson's diseas

Angie Mandich

Angie Mandich
  • Exploring meaning in occupation and activity
  • Investigating motor learning and motor skill acquisition in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Development and testing of cognitive intervention
  • Cognitive orientation to occupational performance for children with DCD
  • Client-centred care
  • Spirituality
  • Understanding occupational engagement and participation in children

Carrie Anne Marshall

Carrie Marshall
  • Homelessness and poverty experienced by individuals living with mental illness and/or substance use difficulties
  • Enabling health equity among persons living with mental illness and/or substance use difficulties
  • Social inclusion and belonging among persons living with mental illness
  • Community integration among individuals experiencing homelessness and/or mental illness/substance use difficulties
  • Time use of persons living with serious mental illness
  • Psychosocial impacts of boredom and meaningful activity engagement
  • Qualitative and mixed methods research
  • Knowledge synthesis strategies including systematic and scoping reviews

Lisa McCorquodale

Lisa McCorquodale
  • Professional Practice
  • Mindfulness
  • Spirituality
  • Reflective practices
  • Therapeutic relationships
  • Qualitative Research

Colleen McGrath

Colleen McGrath
  • Age-Related Vision Loss (ARVL)
  • Neighbourhood and environmental influences on occupational engagement for older adults
  • Risk in older adulthood
  • Intersections of ageism and ableism in shaping older adults' identities
  • Technology adoption patterns in later life

Linda Miller

Linda Miller
  • Refining measurement through the use of large samples and multiple variables, using large survey databases and modeling methods
  • Improving our understanding of health conditions by examining the measurement of health constructs
  • Refining measurement through improving our understanding of the factors that affect measurement

Debbie Laliberte Rudman

Debbie Rudman
  • 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

Gail Teachman

Trish Tucker
  • 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

Trish Tucker

Trish Tucker
  • Measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviours
  • Physical activity promotion in the early years
  • Understanding the role of childcare in supporting children's health