Assistant Professor
phone: 6046758870
fax: 6046758820
Research Graduate Student Opportunities

I am currently supervising one doctoral candidate, co-supervising a MSc student, a variety of MOT student research projects and have four research staff. I have funding available for graduate students on a number of projects. If you would like to discuss graduate level training opportunities, please contact me.

Occupational Profile

After graduating from the University of Alberta in 1991, I worked as a clinician in acute and residential care before starting graduate studies at UBC in 1998. Outside of work, I am a father of three busy, young children and a dedicated bicyclist, recreational chorister and backcountry enthusiast.

Research Interests & Specialization

My research focuses on four overlapping areas: assistive technology, social participation, caregiving and outcome measurement. My work is centered on four main populations: assistive technology users, informal and formal caregivers, individuals with spinal cord injury and residents in long-term care.

Teaching Interests

My teaching philosophy has its roots in the tenets of student-centred learning and the principles of adult learning. I am currently an instructor with the UBC MOT program and the on-line MRSC program.

Activities & Memberships


CIHR Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grants
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Disability and Rehabilitation


Canadian Association on Gerontology
Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists
British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Selected Publications

*links to articles provided when possible*

Bishop, A.M. & Mortenson, W.B. (2015) Discharge criteria and follow-up support of Canadian dementia care units. pii: 0733464815577140. Journal of Applied Gerontology, JAG-14-0070.

I acted as Anne Marie’s supervisor for this University of British Columbia Masters of Rehabilitation Sciences Program project.

Labron, J. Parker, C., Borisoff, J, Mortenson, W.B., & Mattie, J. (2014) A survey of stakeholder perspectives on exoskeleton technology. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 11, 169. doi:10.1186/1743-0003-11-169

I acted as the research supervisor for MOT students Ms. Labron and Ms. Parker for this research projects that was proposed by Dr. Borisoff.

Mortenson, W.B., Demers, L., Fuhrer, M.J., Jutai, J., Lenker, J. & DeRuyter, F. (2015). Development and preliminary evaluation of the caregiver assistive technology outcome measure. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. doi: 10.2340/16501977-1952.

Mortenson, W.B., Hoag, E., Higgins, R., Emery, R. & Joyce, L. (2014) Stakeholders’ perspectives related to the development of a scooter training program. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology.

I acted as the research supervisor for MOT students Ms. Hoag and Ms. Higgin on this research project.

Mortenson, W.B., Miller, W.C., Miller-Polgar, J. (2014) Measurement properties of the late life disability index among individuals who use power wheelchairs as their primary means of mobility. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. pii: S0003-9993(14)00415-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.05.020.

Shankar, S., & Mortenson, W.B. & Wallace, J. (2015). Taking control with tilt-in-space wheelchairs: An exploratory study of their use in residential care. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 69, 1-8. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.013565

This article stems from data I collected with MOT students Sneha Shankar and Justin Wallance during my doctoral studies.

Cashman, G., Mortenson, W.B., Gilbart, M. (2014) The treatment of myofascial hip pain in patients with acetabular labral tears: A single subject research design study. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 44(8), 604-614. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2014.5095. PMID: 24458968

This paper stems from Dr. Cashman’s research project that I supervised as part of the University of British Columbia Masters of Rehabilitation Sciences Program.

Provencher, V., Mortenson, W.B., Tanguay-Garneau, L., Bélanger, K., Dagenais, M. (2014) Challenges and strategies pertaining to recruitment and retention of frail elderly in research studies: a systematic review. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 59(1), 18-24. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2014.03.006. PMID: 24745811.

Wang, R.H., Korotchenko, A., Hurd Clark, L., Mortenson, W.B., & Mihalidis, A. (2013). Power mobility with collision avoidance for older adults: User, caregiver and therapist perspectives. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 50(9), 1287-1300. doi: 10.1682/JRRD.2012.10.0181. PMID: 24458968.

Mortenson, W.B., Sixsmith, A.& Woolrych, R. (2013). The power(s) of observation: Theoretical perspectives on surveillance technologies and older people. doi: Ageing and Society, 2013 December 03

Parvaneh, S., Mortenson, W.B., & Miller, W.C. (2013). Validating the wheelchair outcome measure for residents in long-term care. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 9(3), 209-212 doi: 10.3109/17483107.2013.769126. PMID: 24749555.

Mortenson, W.B., Demers, L., Fuhrer, M.J., Jutai, J., Lenker, J. & DeRuyter, F (2013). Effects of an assistive technology intervention on older adults with disabilities and their informal caregivers: An exploratory randomized control trial. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(4), 297-306.

Mortenson, W.B., Hurd Clarke, L. & Best, K. (2013). Prescribers experiences with powered mobility prescription among older adults.American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(1), 100-107. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2013.006122.