Senior Instructor & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator & Associate Head
phone: 6048227415
fax: 6048227624
Occupational Profile

Donna is interested in the assessment of clinical competence in the practice education setting, and explores the best ways to teach and evaluate interprofessional education and collaborative practice.; She stays healthy through active outdoor pursuits such as running, skiing, hiking and cycling. Donna enjoys spending time with family and friends, including reading books and entertaining.

BSc (Occupational Therapy), University of Toronto
Masters (Education), University of Toronto

Donna is very glad to be an OT and to share her love for the profession with future generations. “To teach is to touch a life forever!” Anonymous Author

Research Interests & Specialization

Donna’s research interests lie mainly in the area of adult education. She is particularly interested in how Occupational Therapy students acquire competency while learning in the field. As well, she would like to understand the role interprofessional (IP) education plays in the acquisition of IP competencies. There are a number of other fieldwork related topics that she would like to explore, including:

  • Work based assessment of interprofessional competencies
  • The impact of community service learning on OT students’ values and attitudes towards volunteerism
  • The evaluation of on-line resources to support clinicians in their roles as educators
  • Alternate fieldwork models
  • Assessment of continuing competence
Teaching Interests

Donna’s teaching expertise is in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology. She has designed and delivered courses in this area for over 20 years. Recently she had become responsible for courses related to professional education of occupational therapists. She designed and delivered courses to practicing occupational therapists on how best to educate students in the field, and taught similar topics to entry level OT students. Donna is a fan of participatory learning and has worked hard at developing her skills as a teacher and facilitator for both large and small groups of students.

Activities & Memberships

Member, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy (CAOT)

Member, Continuing Competency Committee, College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia
Co-chair Canadian University Fieldwork Educators Committee, Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP)

Selected Publications

*links to articles provided when available*

Drynan, D, and the Canadian University Fieldwork Educators (CUFE) Subcommittee. (2013). 10 + 1 reasons for you to make students an offer they can’t refuse! OT Now, 15(1), 5-7.

Drynan, D. (2013). International placements: What are the attractions and perceived benefits? OT Now, 15(1), 14-16.

Marina K, Drynan D, & Tiessen E. (2011). Evaluation of methods for teaching electronic visual scanning to children with cerebral palsy: Two series of case reports. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1-12,
DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2011.635329

Kassam R, McLeod E, Collins, J, Tidball G & Drynan D, Neufeld L, Kwong, M. Meeting the clinical education needs of community-based preceptors: An environmental scan to identify format and content for a new web-based resource. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, April 2011. Volume 9 Number 2.

Kassam R., MacLeod E., Kwong M., Tidball G., Collins J., Neufeld L., Drynan D. (2012). An interprofessional web-based resource for health professions preceptors. American Journal of Pharmacy Education, 76(9):Article 168.

Kassam R., MacLeod E., Collins J., Tidball G., Drynan D., Neufeld L., Kwong M. (2011). Meeting the clinical education needs of community-based preceptors: An environmental scan to identify format and content for a new web-based resource. Internet Journal for Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 9(2):ISSN 1540-580X.

Holmes J, Bossers A. Polatajko H, Drynan D, Gallagher MB, O’Sullivan C, Slade A, Stier J, Storr C, South, J.& Denney J. (2010). 1000 fieldwork hours: Analysis of multi-site evidence. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(3), 135-143.
Penman M, Donnelly C, Drynan D. Issues and possibilities using information and communication technology in fieldwork education. In McAllister L, Paterson M, Higgs J, Bithell C, (2010) Innovations in Allied Health Fieldwork Education: A Critical Appraisal, Sense Publishers. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
On-Line Course

Drynan D, Kassam R, Macleod E. & Neufeld L. E-tips for practice education: Working with students in the practice education setting. Pilot Testing Phase – April 2008 launch.