Student and Postdoctoral Research

The CanDo Research Unit is dedicated to building research capacity with graduate students interested in studying within the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OS & OT).

Research MSc and PhD Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy collaborates 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 over 20 graduates and more than 40 current students. Many of them are recipients of studentships, scholarships and other awards, and have authored numerous peer-reviewed journal publications. To learn more, please visit

Graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows affiliated with OSOT faculty members may have the opportunity to be involved in ICORD, the Brain Research Centre, the Arthritis Research Centre, the Centre for Hip Health, Vancouver Coast Health Research Institute for Children’s and Women’s Health and other CIHR initiatives.

Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) Graduate Learners

The department also offers an online Master of Rehabilitation Science degree that is ideal for health professionals seeking higher learning, but are actively working in rehabilitation.  Students of the program are required to undertake a major research project, exploring everyday issues in rehabilitation practice.  For more information about the program, visit  For a sampling of research topics undertaken by students enrolled in the program, visit the following links:

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Students

The Department offers a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree that prepares graduates to enter the profession of occupational therapy. In the program, students are required to complete a research project related to the 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. To learn more about the Capstone Conference, visit