Lynn E.  ShawPhD, OT(Reg)NS

Professor and Director, Assistant Dean Citizenship, Faculty of Health


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Phone: 902-494-4213
Fax: 902-494-1229
Mailing Address: 
Room 215, Forrest Building, 5869 University Avenue PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Occupational Transitions
  • Chronic Pain
  • Return to Work
  • Workplace Evaluation
  • Hearing in the workplace
  • Interprofessional Practice
  • Senior Driving
  • Work and Employment Disparities
  • Ergonomics
  • Transformation
  • Knowledge Transfer

Note: Dr. Shaw's involvement with the MSc(OS) program. Learn more.

Cross Appointments

  • School of Nursing, Dalhousie University


  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science, 1999-2005 Western University, London Ontario
  • MSc Occupational Therapy, 1996-1998 Western University, London Ontario
  • BSc Occupational Therapy, 1980-1984 Western University, London Ontario

Research interests

Lynn’s research involves collaborating with consumer groups and other disciplines to examine issues related to safe work, evaluation of the workplace, and work transitions for persons with disabilities and those who face work disparities. Her research on macro and micro occupational transitions is focused on systems and practice processes to support entry into, maintenance, and exit from work. Specific areas of interest are in examining future work for youth, persons with disabilities and older workers. Strategies to support work transitions also focus on persons with pain, injured workers, MSK disorders and those with sensory losses such as persons with hearing loss. Lynn also researches knowledge transfer mechanisms and models that support uptake and knowledge use by professionals and end users such as clients and consumers that specifically help them manage their health and function in everyday life.

Selected publications

  • Shaw, L. (2016). Past Meanings and Future Horizons of Work Mobility: Implications for Canadians and Occupational Science, DOI:10.1080/14427591.2016.1209999)
  • Shaw, L. (2015) Working with the stakeholders in return-to-work (RTW) processes: Multisystem interactions. In Handbook of Return to Work: From Research to Practice, Editors Isabel Schultz and Bob Gatchel. Springer, pp 327-336.
  • Shaw, L., Daraz,L., Bezzina, M., Patel, A., Gorfine, D. (2014), Examining Macro and Meso Level Barriers to Hiring Persons with Disabilities: A Scoping Review, in Barbara M. Altman , Sharon N. Barnartt (ed.) Environmental Contexts and Disability (Research in Social Science and Disability, Volume 8). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.185 – 210.
  • Bryans, R., M. Descarreaux, K. Sorra, Duranleau, M., Marcoux, H., Potter, B., Reugg, R., Shaw, L., Watkin, R., and White, E. (2013). Evidence-Based Guideline for the Chiropractic Treatment of Neck Pain. JMPT. 1-22.
  • Shaw, L., Jennings, MB, Proost, L., Hodgins, H. & Kuchar A, (2013). Innovations in Workplace Accessibility and Accommodation for Persons with Hearing Loss: Using social networking and community of practice theory to promote knowledge exchange and change. WORK, 46 (2) 221-229.
  • Shaw, L., Tetzlaff, B., Jennings, M.B. Southall, K. (2013).The standpoint of persons with hearing loss on work disparities and workplace accommodations. WORK, 46 (3) 193-204. Urbanowski, R. Shaw, L. Chelagat Chemmuttut, L. (2013) Occupational Science Value
    Propositions in the field of Public Policy
    . Journal of Occupational Science. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2013.806208
  • Shaw, L. (2013). Are we ready to address the new expectations of work and workers in the transforming world of work? WORK 44, 2-9. DOI 10.3233/WOR-2012-1582.
  • Shaw, L. et al. (2012) Directions for advancing the study of work transitions in the 21st century. WORK, 41, 369-377: doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1438
  • Shaw, L. (2012) Getting the message across: Principles for developing brief-Knowledge Transfer (b-KT) communiqués. WORK, 41, 477-481: doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1423
  • Shaw, L. (2012) Knowledge Transfer: Making Information Work. WORK, 41, 475-476: doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1422

Selected awards and honours

  • 2014 Nominated and Awarded Townsend Polatajko Lectureship
  • 2014 10 Year dedication award by the Canadian Federation of the Chiropractic Educational and Accrediting Boards
  • 2013-2015 Faculty Scholar Western University
  • 2013 Clinical Award – Best Paper World Chiropractic Congress Durban, South Africa


  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
    CAOT - BC
  • Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists
  • Canadian Society of Occupational Science
  • Research Advisor Canadian Injured Workers Alliance

Service & activity

  • Research Advisor Canadian Injured Workers Alliance
  • Editorial Board Member WORK: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation
  • WORK Column Editor for Work Transition Narratives and the Knowledge transfer column Making Information Work
  • Member of Canadian Chiropractic – Accreditation Standards and Policy Council
  • Member and Secretary of the Council of Chiropractic Education Canada