Director, Rehabilitation Science Online Programs
& Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
T325 – 2211 Westbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 2B5
Office: T-316 Koerner
Tel: 604-822-7411 Fax: 604-822-7624
Research Graduate Student Opportunities
Sue is unable to take research MSc and PhD students at this time. Instead, she works with the online Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) research project supervisors and learners to coordinate the required major projects in which learners explore solutions to workplace challenges.
For more information about the research undertaken by the MRSc graduates, please visit the MRSc website.
An ever present curiosity about new ideas and an interest in solving problems drew Sue into occupational therapy and ultimately, the world of perpetual learning that goes with an academic career. Periodically, Sue has completed more formal studies, first a graduate diploma in distance education and technology and now PhD studies. Sue’s roles at UBC have included Fieldwork Coordinator and Head, Occupational Therapy. More recently she spearheaded the development of the Rehabilitation Science Online Programs and now directs the UBC-McMaster Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation for UBC and the UBC Master of Rehabilitation Science. Non-work occupations include sailing, hiking, reading, gardening, sewing and interior design, among others.
Research Interests and Specialization
Current research is focused on distance and distributed learning, and the impact of the changing needs of learners for course design and delivery, faculty development and policies and practices in higher education. Projects include the evaluation of a model for the distance supervision of research and the development and testing of new teaching and learning models to meet future needs in higher education.
Sue has expertise in designing curriculum, delivering courses, and facilitating learning in both the face-to-face professional occupational therapy program and the two interprofessional rehabilitation science online programs. Courses taught include occupational therapy theory and practice, theory development and program (service) design and development. Sue designed the ‘two-course’ major project in the Master of Rehabilitation Science, so collaborating with supervisors and learners to coordinate the major projects remains a keen interest. Whether learning is face-to-face or online Sue highly values using approaches that create meaningful learning opportunities for learners and facilitate the transfer of new knowledge to practice. As an extension to teaching, Sue has shared her curriculum development, and online program and course design experience with others at UBC and internationally. She is a member of the UBC faculty Instructional Skills Workshop team.
Activities and Memberships
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
Canadian Network of Innovation in Education (CNIE)
College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC)
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)
Journal of Distance Education (reviewer)
Physiotherapy Canada (reviewer)
Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)
World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)
*link to articles provided when possible*
Hatchard, K., Henderson, J., & Stanton, S. (2012). Workers’ perspectives on self-directing mainstream return to work following acute mental illness: Reflections on partnerships. Work, 43(1), 43-52.
Reid, W. D., Stanton, S. J., & Kelm, C. (2008). Factors associated with physiotherapists’ interest in cardiorespiratory continuing education using computer assisted learning: A survey. Physiotherapy Canada, 60(1), 80-91.
Mathur, S., Stanton, S. J., & Reid, W. D. (2005). Canadian physical therapists’ interest in web-based and computer-assisted continuing education. Physical Therapy, 85(3), 226-237.
Stanton, S. J., Thompson-Franson, T., & Kramer, C. (2002). Linking concepts to a process for working with clients. In CAOT (E. Townsend, Ed.), Enabling occupation: An occupational therapy perspective. (pp. 57-94). Ottawa, ON: CAOT.
Stanton, S. J., Kramer, C., & Thompson-Franson, T. (2002). Linking concepts to a process for organizing occupational therapy services. In CAOT (E. Townsend, Ed.), Enabling occupation: An occupational therapy perspective. (pp. 95-135). Ottawa, ON: CAOT.
Stanton, S. J. (2001). Going the distance: Developing shared web-based learning programs. Occupational Therapy Internation, 8(2), 96-106.
Stanton, S. J. (2000). The role of client-partner relationships in adaptation post-stroke: Exploring the perspectives of couples. In. K. Hammell, C. Carpenter, & I. Dyck (Eds.). Using qualitative research: A practical introduction for occupational therapists and physical therapists (pp. 47-57). London, UK: Churchill Livingstone.