Brenda Beagan



Related information

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


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

  • 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
  • Waterfield B, Beagan BL, Weinberg M. Disabled academics: A case study in Canadian universities. Disability & Society. 2017; 33(3): 327-348. doi:10.1080/09687599.2017.1411251
  • Etowa JE, Beagan BL, Eghan F, Bernard WT. “You feel you have to be made of steel”: The Strong Black Woman, health and wellbeing in Nova Scotia. Health Care for Women International. 2017; 38(4): 379-393. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2017.1290099
  • Hammell KW, Beagan BL. Occupational injustice: A critique. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2017; 84(1): 58-68. doi: 10.1177/0008417416638858
  • 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, Hattie B. LGBTQ experiences with religion and spirituality: Occupational transition and adaptation. Journal of Occupational Science. 2015; 22(4): 459-476. 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


  • OCCU 6000/6600 Applied Research I and II
  • OCCU 5007 Research Approaches for Occupational Therapists
  • OCCU 6002 Social Influences on Occupation
  • OCCU 6507 Critical Perspectives on Inequities in Everyday Life


  • Masters supervisory committee member – 24 (1 in progress)
  • Masters supervisor – 21 (2 in progress)
  • Doctoral supervisory committee member – 12 (2 in progress)
  • Doctoral supervisor – 7 (1 in progress)
  • Postdoctoral supervisor – 5

Selected awards and honours

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