Research

Improving everyday lives

As one of Canada’s leading research universities, Dalhousie attracts millions in research grants and awards annually. The School of Occupational Therapy is one of eight schools and colleges in the Faculty of Health. Please see our faculty listing for current research interests.

If you are applying for our Master of Science - Occupational Science program please see below for a list of faculty who are available to supervise thesis students and upcoming seminar series:

Dr. Sorayya Askari Dr. Brenda Beagan Dr. Parisa Ghanouni Dr. Niki Kiepek
Dr. Heidi Lauckner      

 

Presented by the School of Occupational Therapy | Faculty of Health 

Master of Science - Occupational Science MINI-SEMINAR SERIES

Please see below the descriptions and recordings of presentations from the MScOS Mini-Seminar Series from 2020, where faculty members share some of their research on various topics explored in occupational science.

Topic Re-Envisioning inclusion: Intersections of Occupation, Child Culture and (dis)ability
Presenters Lynn Shaw, PhD, MSc(OT), BSc(OT), OT Reg (NS) moderator
Shanon Phelan, PhD, OT School of Occupational Therapy , Faculty of Health
Description Dr. Phelan will present on her program of research which aims to understand child(driven) culture drawing upon occupational, critical disability, and critical social perspectives. Unique to her program is the centering of child and youth voices through creative and participatory methods. Through this work, she will demonstrate how an occupational perspective can add unique dimensions to current understandings of social phenomena, not only advancing occupational science but offering new ways of thinking and doing in complimentary fields.
Seminar Recording Recording of Seminar #3 -Dec. 3, 2020

 

Topic MScOS - Confronting rhetorical framings of occupation as inherently "good".
Presenters Lynn Shaw, PhD, MSc(OT), BSc(OT), OT Reg (NS) Moderating
Niki Kiepek, PhD, MSc(OT), OT Reg (NS) - School of Occupational Therapy | Faculty of Health
Description Recent scholarship resists implicit, dominant perspectives that exclusively frame occupations as socially valued and positively meaningful activities that contribute to health and wellbeing. This forum opens discussions about complex experiences of occupation shaped by social, political, and economic contexts. Potential implications for broadening understanding of occupation will be explored.  
Seminar Recording Recording of seminar #2 - Nov. 26, 2020

 

Topic Advancing concepts in occupational transitions: Analyzing the micro and macro dialectical using work transition narratives.
Presenters Lynn Shaw, PhD, MSc(OT), BSc(OT), OT Reg (NS)
Cisela Thoren, BScOT - current student in MSc Post Professional
Karen Joudrey, BScOT  - current student in MSc Post Professional
Description This presentation will focus on how people with illness, disability, or those experiencing expected and unexpected work loss make sense of their in-transition experiences of work disruption or change. We draw on the concepts of micro and macro occupational transitions to deepen the understanding of the confusing, contradictory, or opposing information in finding a way back to work. In particular, we identify through N=15 narratives the mechanisms that people use to tackle uncertainty and the seemingly impossible odds to succeed in finding a way back into work. 

Seminar

Recording

Recording of seminar #1 -Nov. 19, 2020