Parisa Ghanouni

Assistant Professor


Phone: 902-494-8434
Fax: 902-494-1229
Mailing Address: 
Room 209, Forrest Building, 5869 University Avenue PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Social Participation & Inclusion of Marginalized Populations
  • Assistive Technologies, Virtual Reality & Gaming Programs in Rehabilitation
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Pediatrics
  • Aging Population
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Mental Health & Cognitive Function
  • Transition, Resilience & Occupational Imbalance

Note: Dr. Ghanouni is accepting MSc(OS) students. Learn More.


PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences), UBC

Research interests

Dr. Parisa Ghanouni is a researcher. She obtained her PhD in rehabilitation sciences program from the University of British Columbia.

Her research interests include the design and development of programs using a client-centered approach for marginalized and vulnerable populations. These populations include pediatrics who have difficulties articulating or advocating their needs such as kids with autism, or elderly population who might suffer from mental decline, or individuals with disabilities who have lost their ability inherently or through acquired injuries.

A substantial portion of her work has been done in the pediatric population and in the domains of mental, physical, cognitive, and affective aspects. Her recent project involved a community-based participatory research and integrated knowledge translation approach to develop a tele-rehabilitation program for children with autism to improve their socio-emotional skills and daily activities. Her ongoing research involves families of aboriginal children, and elderly population.

Dr. Ghanouni is now accepting PhD and/or Masters students.

Selected publications

  • Ghanouni, Parisa, Jarus Tal, Zwicker Jill, Lucyshyn Joseph, Ledingham Alyssa, Mow Kristin (2018). Social stories among children with autism; Validating the content of a virtual reality program. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. (Under press)
  • Ghanouni, Parisa, Jarus Tal, Zwicker Jill G., Chauhan Stephanie, Moir Chelsea, Stokley Elyse, and Fenn Brooke. (2017). Developing a client-centered tele-rehabilitation virtual reality program for children with autism to address socio-emotional skills. Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR), 2017 International Conference, IEEE.
  • Ghanouni, Parisa, Memari Amir-Hossein, Gharibzadeh Shahriar, Eghlidi Jandark, and Moshayedi Pouria. (2017). Effect of Social Stimuli on Postural Responses in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of autism and developmental disorders 47, 1305-1313.
  • Ghanouni Parisa, Zwicker Jill (2017). Electrophysiological Responses to Emotional Facial Expressions in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; a Systematic Review, 5, 208-226.
  • Jarus T., Ghanouni P., Abel R., Fomenoff S., Lundberg J., Davidson S., Caswell S., Bickerton L., Zwicker J.(2015). Effect of Internal versus External Focus of Attention on Implicit Motor Learning in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 37, 119-126.
  • Memari Amir-Hossein, Ghanouni Parisa, Gharibzadeh Shahriar, Eghlidi Jandark, Ziaee Vahid, Moshayedi Pouria (2013). Postural sway patterns in children with autism spectrum disorder compared with typically developing children. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 7, 325-332.

Teaching courses

  • OCCU 5043 Program Evaluation
  • OCCU 5006 Wellness and Inclusion by Design and Technology


  • Canadian Society of Occupational Science
  • Nova Scotia Autism Associations

Selected awards and honours

  • ¬†International Conference of Virtual Reality, 2017

Community involvement

  • Occupational Therapy and Sensory Processing Network
  • Occupational Therapy and Aboriginal Peoples Health Network
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists