Katie Lee Bunting, MScOT, BSc, Reg. OT(BC)

Profile portrait of Katie Lee Bunting.

Assistant Professor of Teaching

phone: 604–822–7165



Occupational therapy seemed like a natural fit, as I sought to combine my undergraduate studies in ecology and love of working with people. I graduated with my MScOT from the University of Toronto in 2004.

I feel very fortunate to have worked with a diversity of folks across practice contexts over 10 years as an occupational therapist. I then transitioned to occupational education in 2014.

Outside of work, I value the time I spend with my family, my senior dog Sid, and my friends. In particular, I find meaning and joy in cooking and spending time in nature (and occasional binge watching!).

I have profound gratitude to the Stó:lō Nation, the səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation, and the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nation, who are, and have always been, stewards to the lands that now nourish me and my family. I am of Irish and French settler background.


I am interested in understanding how an occupational perspective is taught and evaluated, the use of non-traditional pedagogies in fostering deep learning in occupational therapy education, and centering relationship in teaching.


As an educator, I strive to facilitate the development of compassionate, curious, and reflexive learners. I work to create learning spaces where students can use their many gifts and deep knowledge, both academic and lived, in their occupational therapy education.

I believe in the transformative power of educational spaces, through community building, welcoming our whole-selves to learning, and challenging traditional educational power structures.

I seek to design learning experiences that stretch students’ minds and hearts by exercising students’ creativity and curiosity, skills that are essential as occupational scientists and occupational therapists.

Research Opportunities for MSc/PhD Students

I am not currently supervising any research students.


  • Registrant, College of Occupational Therapist of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Member, World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Select Publications

*link to articles provided when possible*

Lee Bunting, K. (2016) A transactional perspective on occupation: a critical reflection. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 23(5), 327-336, DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2016.1174294

Crider, C., Calder, R.C., Lee Bunting, K. & Forwell, S. (2015) An Integrative Review of Occupational Science and Theoretical Literature Exploring Transition. Journal of Occupational Science, 22(3), 304-319. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2014.922913

McCloy, L., White, S., Lee Bunting, K., Forwell, S. (2014). Photelicitation interviewing to capture children’s perspectives on family routines. Journal of Occupational Science, 23(1), 82-95. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2014.986666

Lee, K., & Kirsh, B. (2006). An occupational journey: Narratives of two women who divorced a spouse with alcoholism. Journal of Occupational Science, 13, 134-144. DOI:10.1080/14427591.2006.9726506