The work of researchers in audiology, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and physiotherapy falls within four main areas:
- knowledge transfer,
- cognition and motor skills,
- social participation; and
- interaction with the social environment.
The School focuses on specific populations, such as children or aging individuals and those who have suffered a stroke or with social communication difficulties.
Please see the School's list of professors for their individual research interests.
Canada Research Chair in Qualitative Health Research with Marginalized Populations
Dr. Roanne Thomas, associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences is the recipient of the Canada Research Chair in Qualitative Health Research with Marginalized Populations. She is studying the experiences of people with chronic illnesses such as cancer and what illness means for the disadvantaged.
Her research emphasizes the social impact of chronic illness and disability on women with cancer, including Aboriginal breast cancer survivors, and those with lymphedema (involving swelling, usually in the arm or leg, caused by a buildup of lymph fluid). Her research teams use innovative qualitative methods, such as photography (photovoice), theatre, and the visual arts. She is also a co-director of the Centre for Creative Practices.
University Research Chair in evidence-based practice in rehabilitation
Dr Lucie Brosseau, full professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is the recipient of the University Research Chair in evidence-based practice in rehabilitation has two main components. The first part is devoted to identifying the most effective interventions based on the latest research findings to guide both rehabilitation specialists such as audiologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physiotherapists as well as individuals who wish to self-manage their disabilities. The second part pertains to the research in knowledge transfer and aims to change clinical practice in rehabilitation. This University Research Chair is used to support graduate students to continue their doctoral studies in Rehabilitation Sciences.