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UBC Master of Occupational Therapy students showcase their research at annual Capstone ConferenceAugust 19, 2015Can motor outcomes be predicted early in life? Could Nintendo Wii be used to enhance walking capabilities in adults who have lower limb amputation? Does community gardening have a role to play in improving the wellbeing of individuals with severe mental illness? These were just some of the questions posed — and explored — at […] Read More

Seeds of changeAugust 19, 2015UBC’s Dr. Melinda Suto examines the impact of community gardening on people living with severe mental illness   Two years ago, the rooftop patio on Seymour Street was like any other in downtown Vancouver: a basic concrete yard for tenants to take in a view of neighbouring high-rises; a landing for smokers to exchange a […] Read More

Faculty receive CIHR grants in latest, highly competitive opportunitiesAugust 5, 2015The Department has much to celebrate as we’ve learned that two of our faculty were recently awarded grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.   Dr. Ben Mortenson, Assistant Professor, was funded for a project titled “Systematic, Comprehensive, One-to-One Training (SCOOT) for Scooter Skills.” This 3-year, mixed-method, RCT, will determine if a novel scooter […] Read More

Janice Duivestein is the Recipient of the 2015 FoM Excellence in Clinical Teaching AwardJune 18, 2015The department is delighted to announce that Janice Duivestein is the recipient of the 2015 Faculty of Medicine Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award! Janice is a Clinical Assistant Professor who has taught in the department for over 15 years, and is known provincially, nationally and internationally for her expertise in the area of dysphagia management […] Read More

Presentation on Mobility, Aging and Built EnvironmentMay 29, 2015 Read More

Congratulations to Kevin Waldorf for receiving the inaugural CAOT FIELDWORK EDUCATOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCEMay 26, 2015Kevin was the successful recipient for the University of British Columbia for 2015. The purpose of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Fieldwork Educator Award of Excellence is to acknowledge the contribution of a practice educator who demonstrates exceptional performance in student practice teaching and in student mentoring in the workplace, and who represents a […] Read More

Hats off to Donna Drynan who recently completed a UBC Certificate on Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education – International Faculty SoTL Leadership ProgramMay 12, 2015The aim of the certificate program is to better prepare educational leaders at UBC with scholarly approaches to teaching, learning and curriculum practices. Faculty members participate in the program to investigate research-informed, evidence-based and strategically-aligned curriculum and pedagogical practices within their disciplinary context (e.g., curriculum renewal and evaluation, peer-review of teaching, learning-centred course design and […] Read More

Alison Gerlach awarded “2014 Best Scholarship Paper” by the Journal of Occupational Science.May 11, 2015Congratulations to Alison Gerlach, MSc (OT), UBC Alumni 2003, who was recently awarded by the Journal of Occupational Science for the best scholarship paper in 2014. If you remember, Alison was also commended in October 2014 for one of the top-read papers in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Well done, Alison, for your continued […] Read More

Occupational therapist and postdoctoral fellow Skye Barbic says our current understanding of mental health recovery on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is too narrowFebruary 11, 2015To outsiders, it’s often referred to as the poorest postal code in Canada. But to those selling on its streets and walking the halls of its single room occupancy hotels, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is home. Over the years, hundreds of agencies and housing sites have sprung up to support residents living in the area — […] Read More

UBC Master of Occupational Therapy graduates embark on the next stage of their professional journeyNovember 27, 2014  This November, graduates of UBC’s Master of Occupational Therapy class have a lot to celebrate. As they crossed the stage, armed with degrees in hand, at this year’s convocation on November 26, they were reminded of all that they’ve accomplished over the course of their student journey here at UBC. And, while they are […] Read More