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Holiday closures

Please note that the department’s administrative offices will be closed over the winter holidays from December 24 until January 4. We will respond to any inquiries as soon as possible once we return. Wishing you all happy holidays and the very best for a relaxing, festive break, and we look forward to seeing everyone again […]

Donna Drynan receives Alumni Achievement Award

Associate Professor of Teaching, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Associate Head Donna Drynan has been recognized by the University of Toronto with a 2021 Occupational Therapy Alumni Achievement Award. The selection committee was particularly impressed with the extent of Donna’s leadership, not only for her key roles in our department, but also in recognition for her […]

Announcing DCD-14 (July 6-9)

We are pleased to be hosting the 14th International Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Conference. The conference will take place July 6-9, and the theme for 2022 is DCD in the Real World, grouped into the following streams: It has been 20 years since Canada hosted the International DCD Conference in Banff, Alberta. We are very […]

Clinical Instructor Minnie Teng awarded grant for artificial intelligence healthcare project

We are delighted to see that Minnie Teng has been awarded a Compassion and Artificial Intelligence Grant from AMS Healthcare for her work on “Optimizing interactions between humans and artificial intelligence when administering remote cognitive assessments”. Her team is collaborating with people with disabilities to pilot remote assessments to evaluate how the design of human-computer-environment […]

UBC Health: Donna Drynan’s role as Director of Education

UBC Health UBC Health works under the Office of the Vice-President, Health to help address complex challenges affecting the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and societies. The initiative facilitates collaborations across disciplines and faculties at the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, as well as with communities, institutions, and government organizations to improve the ways […]

Meet our new faculty members

With the expansion of our Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program and the ongoing need to increase our teaching staff, we are delighted to welcome three new Assistant Professors of Teaching to the faculty team. Jay MacDonald Elly Park Elisha Williams Jay joins the department in Vancouver, whilst Elly and Elisha are working in Prince […]

Three members of faculty receive CFI grants

Three members of our research faculty, Drs. Brodie Sakakibara, Julia Schmidt, and Jill Zwicker, have been awarded infrastructural John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to advance their research. Dr. Brodie Sakakibara’s grant, titled “The Stroke Management and eHealth Innovation Laboratory,” helped Dr. Sakakibara establish the Stroke Management […]

Congratulations to all our Graduates

On November 26, our graduating students officially received their degrees at UBC’s Fall 2021 Congregation. We extend a heart-felt congratulation to our graduates this year for their remarkable achievements. It is our pleasure to recognize: Our gifted Master of Occupational Therapy graduates Our exceptional MRSc graduates Our phenomenal PhD graduates We wish you the best […]

Clinical Assistant Professor Sarabjeet Charchun discusses her journey as an OT

If you graduated from our program in 2006 or later, you may not know that our Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program was formerly known as the BSc (OT). Sarabjeet Charchun, now a Clinical Assistant Professor with our department, is an alumna of our BSc (OT) program, and she recently sat down with UBC’s Faculty […]

MOT graduate Michele Garceau profiled by FoM

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) graduate Michele Garceau was recently featured in a story by UBC’s Faculty of Medicine about her time in the program and her life as a recent graduate. In her interview, Michele discusses what first drew her to occupational therapy as a vocation, what advice she would give to students entering […]

Catherine Backman wins the Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP) 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

Catherine Backman has been awarded The Association of Rheumatology Professionals’ (ARP’s) 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the ARP’s highest honours. This award was bestowed in recognition of Catherine’s outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology, in particular her advocacy, service, and patient-centred research in arthritis. ARP President Christine Stamatos was full of praise for […]

Dr. Jill Zwicker receives Canada Research Chair

[Reposted from June 29, 2021] We are excited to announce that OSOT Associate Professor Dr. Jill Zwicker has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Pediatric Brain Development and Rehabilitation for her research in developmental coordinator disorder (DCD). This award will advance Dr. Zwicker’s research in developmental coordinator disorder (DCD), an underdiagnosed […]

Michael Lee awarded the 2021 Killam Teaching Prize

The Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching. This April, Michael received the 2021 Killam Teaching Prize. He joins several other faculty members in receiving this honour, and notably during the pandemic. Michael is well-regarded by students, clinicians, educators, and scholars for […]

First year for our MOT-North program in Prince George

Applications are now open for our Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program. In addition to the program being taught, as usual, at UBC’s Point Grey Vancouver campus, we are also launching the new northern program at UNBC in Prince George. Students in both the MOT-Vancouver and MOT-North programs will be taught by the same instructors […]

The first World Occupational Science Conference will be in Vancouver

We are pleased to have partnered with the International Society for Occupational Science to host the inaugural World Occupational Science Conference (WOSC). Taking place August 18-20, 2022 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, a number of keynote and featured speakers have already been announced. Registration to attend will open in the new year. Featured Speakers Keynote: Lilian […]

Registration open for MOT applicants

Thinking about becoming an occupational therapist? Our Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is now open for applications. Here’s some useful links to get started: Read more about the program Check admission requirements Note the key dates, fees and guidance Follow our step-by-step guide to applying The application deadline for the September 2022 intake is […]

Welcome to our new website

In case you haven’t noticed, we have refreshed our website! Things will be new for a while, and we’ll keep improving the site over the next few weeks. See anything that doesn’t seem right? Can’t find what you’re looking for? Have any other comments or suggestions? Please email us with your feedback at with […]

MOT-North Info Session

Thursday October 7, 5:00-6:00pm We are pleased to be launching a new program in partnership with UNBC. If you are interested in becoming an occupational therapist, and would like to work in Northern, remote or rural areas, the Master of Occupational Therapy – North could be for you. Find out more at this free info […]

Welcome to the class of 2023

It has been a busy week as we safely welcome the new MOT class of 2023 onto campus. We are all very pleased to be back in-person and feel the buzz of the new academic year. It also seems like the perfect time to once again acknowledge and appreciate the ongoing resilience, adaptation and flexibility […]

Catch up on the 2021 Capstone Conference

Our annual graduate conference offers a broad introduction to the research element of our Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program. Explore the program. Photo by Leon