Assistant Professor
phone: 6047144105
fax: 6048227614
Research Graduate Student Opportunities

Dr. Schmidt is accepting students interested in pursuing MSc and PhD degrees through the UBC Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program. Working with Dr. Schmidt at the Rehabilitation Research Program at GF Strong Hospital will immerse students in a highly collaborative research environment addressing questions related to mechanisms of brain injury and recovery, self-identity and role changes after brain injury, and the development and testing of individualized interventions after brain injury.


Interested graduate students should forward a copy of their resume/CV, transcripts and research interest areas to Julia. Visit the Rehabilitation Sciences Research Graduate Programs Website for more information.

Occupational Profile

Julia earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. During her 10 years of clinical practice as an OT, Julia worked in Vancouver and Sydney, Australia, with a focus on rehabilitation for people with brain impairment. Following her completion of her PhD at the University of Queensland, she returned to Vancouver to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship under the supervision of Drs. Lara Boyd (Department of Physical Therapy) and Jill Zwicker, investigating neurological changes in youth who had sustained mild traumatic brain injuries, also known as concussions. Outside of work, Julia enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two boys.

Research Interests & Specialization

Julia’s research focuses on changes in self-identity and self-awareness, changes in the brain, and rehabilitation strategies following traumatic brain injury. Specifically, she is interested in determining effective rehabilitation strategies and mechanisms of recovery for people with brain impairment.

Teaching Interests

Julia’s teaching philosophy is grounded in the concept that learning is best obtained through enquiry. Julia believes that to acquire and embed knowledge, one must first be curious. In this way, her teaching style encourages an interactive learning environment where individuals are not only expected to learn from my instruction but from drawing on their own and each other’s experience through discussion. Balancing didactic lectures, peer/group discussion, and other teaching mediums is key in cultivating a classroom with inquisitive individuals with a strong knowledge foundation. Julia’s teaching practice fosters mutual respect and approachability to create a dialogue of learning. Her goal as a passionate teacher is to cultivate inspiration and critical thinking, and in turn, clinical reasoning.
Specific teaching interests are courses that involve neurological rehabilitation, pathophysiology of neurological impairment, quantitative research methodology, and practical occupational therapy skills.

Activities & Memberships

Professional Association Memberships

  • ·       Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) 
  • ·       Occupational Therapy Australian (OTA)
  • ·       American Society for Neurorehabilitation (ASNR)

Professional Activities

  • ·       Board Member, Pro Motion Research Institute
  • ·       Committee Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Student Executive Committee (UBC)
  • ·       Scientific Program Committee Member, CAOT

Reviewer Activities

  • ·       Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy (CJOT)
  • ·       Brain Impairment
  • ·       British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT)
  • ·       Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (AOTJ)
Selected Publications

Edlin, K., Thompson, E., Spillane, C., Farquhar, M., Schmidt, J., & Lannin, N. A. (2018). Assessments of cognition in older people after traumatic brain injury: An appraisal and review. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(2).

Schmidt, J., Hayward, K.S., Brown, K.E., Zwicker, J.G., Ponsford, J., van Donkelaar, P., Babul, S., Boyd, L.A. (2018). Brain biomarkers in pediatric concussion: A systematic review. Pediatrics, 141 (5), e20173406.

Schmidt, J., Rubino, C., Boyd, L.A., Virji-Babul, N. (2018) The role of physical activity in recovery from concussion in youth: A neuroscience perspective. Journal of Neurological Physiotherapy. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000226

Maguire, M., Cooksley, R. Lannin, N.A., Mitra, B., Farquhar, M., Schmidt, J. (2018). The functional and psychosocial outcomes of patients with mild traumatic brain injury three months following injury. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12457 (epub).

Ownsworth, T., Fleming, J., Tate, R., Beadle, E., Griffin, J., Kendall, M., Schmidt, J., Lane-Brown, A., Chevignard, M., Shum, D.H.K. (2017) Do people with severe traumatic brain injury benefit from making errors? A randomized controlled trial of error-based and errorless learning. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 31(12):1072-1082.

Schneider, E.J., Lannin, N.A., Ada, L, Schmidt, J. (2016). Increasing the amount of usual rehabilitation improves activity after stroke: A systematic review. Journal of Physiotherapy. 62(4):182-187.

Hayward, K.S., Schmidt, J., Peters, S., Lohse, K.R., Bernhardt, J., Lannin, N.A., Boyd, L.A. (2016) Are we armed with the right data? Pooled individual data review of biomarkers in people with severe upper limb impairment after stroke. NeuroImage: Clinical. 13:310-319. Journal impact factor 4.57.

Schmidt, J., Fleming, J., Ownsworth, T., & Lannin, N.A. (2015). Maintenance of treatment effects of an occupation-based intervention with video feedback for adults with TBI. NeuroRehabilitation, 36(2), 175-186.

Schmidt, J., Fleming, J., Ownsworth, T., & Lannin, N.A. (2015). An occupation-based video feedback intervention for improving self-awareness: Implications for practice. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 82(1), 54-63.

Lannin, N.A., Laver, K., Henry, K., Turnbull, M., Elder, M., Campisi, J., Schmidt, J., & Schneider, E.J. (2014). Effects of case management after brain injury: A systematic review. Neurorehabilitation. 35(4) 635-641.

Ownsworth, T., Fleming, J., Tate, R., Shum, D., Griffin, J., Schmidt, J., Lane-Brown, A., Kendall, M., Chevignard, M. (2013). Comparison of error-based and errorless learning for people with severe traumatic brain injury: Study protocol for a randomized control trial. Trials. 14:369.

Ownsworth, T., Stewart, E., Fleming, J., Griffin, J, Collier, A., Schmidt, J. (2013). Development and preliminary psychometric evaluation of the self-perceptions in rehabilitation questionnaire (SPIRQ) for brain injury rehabilitation. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 67 (3), 336-344.

Schmidt, J., Fleming, J., Ownsworth, T., & Lannin, N.A. (2013). Video-feedback on functional task performance improves self-awareness after traumatic brain injury: A randomised controlled trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 27(4), 316-324.

Schmidt, J., Fleming, J., Ownsworth, T., Lannin, N.A., & Khan, A. (2012). Feedback interventions for improving self-awareness after brain injury: A protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59(2), 138-146.

Schmidt, J., Lannin, N.A., Fleming, J., & Ownsworth, T. (2011). A systematic review of feedback interventions for impaired self-awareness following brain injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 43(8), 673-680.