Research is key to future developments and progress in healthcare. We have a reputation for embracing a range of research paradigms to explore human occupation. Together, we can remove barriers to participation and influence social policy.
Our core group of dedicated faculty, graduate and postdoctoral researchers have been recognized in numerous academic and institutional settings for their excellence in research and in the occupational therapy field.
Graduate and Postdoctoral Research
Research MSc / PhD Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
We collaborate with the Department of Physical Therapy to deliver a research graduate program in Rehabilitation Science.
The program offers opportunities for study and research leading to Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.
Students in the program are supervised by faculty members from either department.
The program is proud of the achievements of our graduates. Many are recipients of studentships, scholarships and other awards, and feature in numerous peer-reviewed journal publications.
Graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows affiliated with us may have the opportunity to be involved in ICORD, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, Arthritis Research Canada, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and other CIHR initiatives.
Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) Research Projects
Our online Master of Rehabilitation Science degree offers health professionals an option for higher learning whilst actively working in rehabilitation. Students in this program are required to undertake a major research project, exploring everyday issues in rehabilitation practice.
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Research Projects
In the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program, students are required to complete a research project related to evidence underlying practice or the study of human occupation.
Graduating students showcase their year-long research projects through podium and poster presentations at the annual Capstone Conference.
Each year, the Capstone Conference attracts more than 200 attendees, including peers, faculty members from various health disciplines, clinicians, consumers and the general public.
Meet our faculty and explore their research topics and expertise.
Latest Research News
- Apply for release time and mentor support to develop your ideas and improve client outcomesWith the support of a faculty mentor, apply for up to $5,000 for release time to explore an idea, develop a solution, or understand a topic that will benefit your clinical practice.
- Dr. Brodie Sakakibara’s research into the power of virtual health platforms funded by Heart & StrokeRead more about Dr. Brodie Sakakibara’s research and the three studies into virtual health.
- Dr. Catherine Backman recognized with prestigious Master AwardThe Master Award is one of the highest honours in the field. Read more about Dr. Backman’s achievement.
- Dr. Julia Schmidt wins Michael Smith Scholar AwardDr. Julia Schmidt aims to transform health services following traumatic brain injury (TBI) through peer-support. Read more about her award.
- ‘This will be transformative’: Go in-depth on Dr. Skye Barbic’s work with youth who are facing mental health challengesRead more about Dr. Barbic’s project on creating standards for youth mental health care across BC and beyond.
Research Projects and Tools
Behavioural Indicators of Infant Pain Scale
This scale is designed to understand the effects of the environment on preterm infant development, allow for accurate assessments and find effective ways to reduce the negative effects of the environment. Key contact: Liisa Holsti.
Ergonomic Assessment Tool for Arthritis (EATA)
The EATA is designed to assist occupational therapists and their clients with arthritis complete an ergonomic assessment for the purpose of recommending ergonomic modifications as job accommodations. Key contact: Catherine Backman.
Read more about the EATA
Photo used to illustrate EATA by Nani Chavez