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Brenda Beagan



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School of Occupational Therapy

Email: brenda.beagan@dal.ca
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:
  • Diversity Inclusion
  • Health Professional Education
  • Professional Practice
  • Social Inequality and Occupation
  • Race Ethnicity and Racism
  • Sexual and Gender Identity
  • Social Class
  • Disability


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 inequalities 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 sexism, racism, ethnocentrism, ableism, heterosexism, classism etc shape what we do and don’t do.

Selected publications

  • Beagan BL, Power E, Chapman GE. “Eating isn’t just swallowing food”: Food practices in the context of social class trajectory. Canadian Food Studies. 2015; 2(1): 75-98. doi: 10.15353/cfs-rcea.v2i1.50
  • Beagan BL. Approaches to culture & diversity: A critical synthesis of occupational therapy literature. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy Early online Feb 2015. doi: 10.1177/0008417414567530
  • Beagan BL, Hattie B. LGBTQ experiences with religion and spirituality: Occupational transition and adaptation. Journal of Occupational Science. Online Sept 2014. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2014.953670
  • Beagan BL, Chiasson A, Fiske C, Forseth S, Hosein A, Myers M, Stang J. Working with transgender clients: Learning from physicians and nurses to improve occupational therapy practice. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 2013; 80(2): 82-91.  doi: 10.1177/0008417413484450
  • Beagan BL, Etowa J. The meanings of occupations related to spirituality for African Nova Scotian women. Journal of Occupational Science 2011; 18(3): 277-290.  doi: 10.1080/14427591.2011.594548


  • OCCU 6000/6600 Applied Research I and II
  • OCCU 5007 Research Approaches for Occupational Therapists
  • OCCU 6002 Social Influences on Occupation
  • OCCU 5501 Directed StudiesSelected awards and honours


  • Masters supervisory committee member – 23 (4 in progress)
  • Masters supervisor – 18 (3 in progress)
  • Doctoral supervisory committee member – 11 (1 in progress)
  • Doctoral supervisor – 4
  • Postdoctoral supervisor – 5
  • External examiner: Masters – 7
  • Doctoral – 1

Selected awards and honours

  • School of Occupational Therapy Faculty Recognition Award, class of 2013, class of 2015
  • Tier II Canada Research Chair, Women & Health 2007-2012