Crystal Dieleman

Associate Professor


Related information

Phone: 902-494-1982
Fax: 902-494-1229
Mailing Address: 
Room 325, Forrest Building, 5869 University Avenue PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Criminalized Populations
  • Intersection of Health & Criminal Justice
  • Restorative & Rehabilitative Approaches to Justice
  • Policy Implementation in Criminal Justice Settings
  • Professional Practice
  • Naturalistic Inquiry


  • BSc(OT), Western University
  • MSc, Queen’s University
  • PhD, Queen’s University

Other Department Affiliations

Coordinator, Everyday Living Research Collaboratory
Research Scholar, Dalhousie Health Law Institute
Affiliate Scholar, Maritime SPOR Unit

Research interests

Dr. Dieleman engages in naturalistic inquiry, grounded critical social and legal theories, to examine the intersection of health and justice as experienced by criminalized populations and the service providers with whom they interact. Her work focuses on implications for service design, policy implementation, and professional practice.  

Selected publications

Jaegers LA, Dieleman C, Dillon MB, Rogers S, Muñoz JP, & Barney KF (2020). Justice-based occupational therapy initiative: Advancing occupational justice in criminal justice systems. Annals of International Occupational Therapy.

Campbell RD, Dieleman C, Zubriski S, Williams P. & Abriel T. (2020). Recovery-oriented practices within the Dartmouth Wellness Court: The Wall of Hope. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being, 5(2), 66-68.

Williams P (Hon.), Dieleman C, Kiepek N, Abriel T, Hajizadeh M, Simon P, LeDrew T, Mann C, Edem D, Zubriski S, Campbell R, Edmonds S, Stairs J, & Wheller M, (2019). Nova Scotia's Wellness Courts: Progressing Justice Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Nova Scotia Mental Health Court Program Report [PDF - 2,231 kB].

Dieleman C. (2019). “I’m too old for this sh*t”: Experiences of age and imprisonment. In A. Colibaba, Community Reintegration of Aging Offenders: Gaps in Knowledge Report [PDF - 1,105 kB].

Dieleman C, Ivany M, Wong C. (2019). Let's talk about sex: Staff attitudes and perspectives about sexual activity among forensic mental health clients, Journal of ethics in mental health, Volume 10, Issue 1, 1-15 [PDF - 303 kB].


  • 2000-2006 Occupational Therapist, Regional Treatment Centre (Ontario), Correctional Service of Canada
  • 1996-2000 Occupational Therapist, Regional Health Centre (Pacific), Correctional Service of Canada


  • College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • Canadian Criminal Justice Association

Selected awards and honours

  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists 2015 Award for Innovative Practice

Service & activity

  • 2013 - Member, Advisory Panel, TAIN2: Towards an Integrated Network for Preventing the Criminalization of People with Mental Health Problems, 2nd Edition, St. Leonard’s Society of Canada
  • 2012 - Member, Review Panel, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioners in Canada Competencies Validation Tool, PSR Competency Task Force, PSR/RPS Canada
  • 2010-2012 - Member, Scientific Review Panel, Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Panel, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation