Brenda Beagan


Phone: 902-494-6555
Fax: 902-494-1229
Mailing Address: 
Room 324, Forrest Building, 5869 University Avenue PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Equity, Justice, Diversity Inclusion
  • Health Professional Education
  • Professional Practice
  • Social Inequities and Occupation
  • Race Ethnicity and Racism
  • Sexual and Gender Identity
  • Social Class
  • Disability/disabling

Note: Dr. Beagan is accepting MSc(OS) students.


Cross appointed to Sociology and Social Anthropology, Nursing and Health Promotion


  • BA, Dalhousie University
  • MA, Dalhousie University
  • PhD, University of British Columbia
  • PDF, University of British Columbia

Research interests

Brenda Beagan’s research focuses on the ways social inequities shape and are shaped by occupational engagement and meaning. In other words, how what we do (and don’t do) constructs gender, ethnicity, class, culture etc, even as what we do and don’t do are shaped by sexism, racism, ethnocentrism, ableism, heterosexism, gender binarism, classism, etc. She also studies the effects of social inequities on professional education and practice.

Selected publications

  • White T, Beagan BL. Occupational therapy roles in an Indigenous context: An integrative review. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2020; 87(3): 200-210. doi: 10.1177/0008417420924933
  • Beagan BL, Mohamed T, Brooks K, Waterfield B, Weinberg M. Microaggressions experienced by LGBTQ academics in Canada: “Just not fitting in… it does take a toll”. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Early online. doi: 10.1080/09518398.2020.1735556
  • Gish A, Kiepek N, Beagan BL. Methamphetamine use among gay men: An interpretive review of a non-sanctioned occupation. Journal of Occupational Science. 2020; 27(1): 26-38. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2019.1643398
  • Waterfield B, Beagan BL, Mohamed T. “You always remain slightly an outsider”: Workplace experiences of academics from working-class or impoverished backgrounds. Canadian Review of Sociology. 2019; 56(3): 368-388. doi: 10.1111/cars.12257
  • Fijal D, Beagan BL. Indigenous perspectives on health: Integration with a Canadian model of practice. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2019; 86(3): 220-231. doi: 10.1177/0008417419832284
  • Mohamed T, Beagan BL. ‘Strange faces’ in the academy: Experiences of racialized and Indigenous faculty in Canadian universities. Race, Ethnicity & Education. 2019; 22(3): 338-354. doi: 10.1080/13613324.2018.1511532
  • Kiepek N, Beagan BL, Laliberte Rudman D, Phelan S. Non-sanctioned occupations: Silences around activities framed as unhealthy, illegal, and deviant. Journal of Occupational Science. 2019; 26(3): 341-353. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2018.1499123
  • Beagan BL, Fredericks EK. What about the men? Gender parity in occupational therapy. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Early online Feb 2018. doi: 10.1177/0008417417728524
  • Beagan BL, Chapman GE, Power E. The visible and invisible occupations of food provisioning in low income families. Journal of Occupational Science. 2018; 25: 100-111. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1338192


  • OCCU 6000/6600/6006 Applied Research
  • OCCU 5007 Research Approaches for Occupational Therapists
  • OCCU 6002 Social Influences on Occupation
  • OCCU 6512 Social Inequities in Everyday Life


  • Masters supervisory committee member – 24 (1 in progress)
  • Masters supervisor – 23 (0 in progress)
  • Doctoral supervisory committee member – 14 (3 in progress)
  • Doctoral supervisor – 9 (4 in progress)
  • Postdoctoral supervisor – 5

Selected awards and honours

  • School of Occupational Therapy Faculty Recognition Award, classes of 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020
  • Tier II Canada Research Chair, Women & Health 2007-2012