Crystal Dieleman

Assistant 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:
  • Occupation
  • Diversity Inclusion
  • Professional Practice
  • Policy Implementation
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Criminial Justice
  • Community Integration
  • Mental Health


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

Research interests

Dr. Dieleman’s research interests include understanding how to prevent/reduce criminal justice involvement of people with mental health problems, understanding and improving mental health care in criminal justice settings/services, and defining and building the potential role for occupational therapists in supporting people involved in the criminal justice system.     

Selected publications

  • Dieleman, C. (2014). Mapping community capacity: Supporting people with mental health problems following incarceration or forensic hospitalization. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 33(3), 29-41.
  • Michetti, J. & Dieleman, C. (2014). Focusing on leadership: Moving beyond the occupational therapy generalist vs. specialist debate in community mental health. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(5), 230-233.
  • Carrier, M-H., Dieleman, C., Guptill, C., Shimmell, L. & Steggles, E. (2014). Integrating occupational therapy students into correctional halfway houses: An outcome of the 2013 CAOT conference. Occupational Therapy Now, 16(6), 14-16.
  • Dieleman, C. & Duncan, E.A.S. (2013). Investigating the utility of an online discussion group for health professionals: a case example from forensic occupational therapy. BMC Health Service Research, 13, 253-260.  DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-253
  • White, J., Dieleman Grass, C., Hamilton, T., Rogers, S. (2013). Occupational therapy in the criminal justice system. In Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: An Evolving Practice, 3rd ed. Cara, E. & McRae, A. Eds.  Stamford, CT: Delmar, Cengage Learning.


  • 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