Research Themes

The work of researchers in audiology, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and physiotherapy falls within four main areas:

  1. Knowledge transfer,
  2. Cognition and motor skills,
  3. Social participation; and
  4. 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. 

Research Chairs

Roanne Thomas - 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.


Judy King - uOttawa Chair in University Teaching

Professor Judy King, associate professor, Physiotherapy Program, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, has been awarded the 2019 Chair in University Teaching from the University of Ottawa in recognition of her excellence in teaching and strong research program.  The Chairs initiative recognizes the value of educational leadership and excellence in University Teaching. Dr. King’s research program will focus on “Critical Thinking in an Era of (mis) Information”.


Linda McLean - Echo Endowed Chair in Women's Health


Jacinthe Savard - University of Ottawa/Institut du Savoir Montfort Joint Chair on the Health of Francophones in Ontario

Jacinthe Savard is a professor at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences whose expertise lies in adapting services to the needs of Francophone minority communities in Canada. This multidisciplinary joint chair was co-created with the Institut du Savoir Montfort. The chair aims to improve our understanding of the living conditions and health of Francophones in minority communities and the language barriers they face when seeking services.

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