Debra Cameron (Debbie)

Assistant Professor and International Fieldwork Coordinatordebra-cameron

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(416) 946-8568
deb.cameron@utoronto.ca

 

School of Graduate Studies

Full Member

Biosketch

Dr Deb Cameron is an Assistant Professor and International Fieldwork Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto as well as an executive member and Education Lead in the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation. Her clinical work in paediatrics has led her to focus part of her research on parent involvement in intervention approaches, the application of one specific approach (Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance or CO-OP) with children with cerebral palsy as well as studies related to youth with IDD and inclusion. Her roles working with students on international placements and in global health through ICDR have led to projects focused on reflexivity, partnership development, and placement preparation.

Publications
Selected PublicationsAll PublicationsKeywords
  1. Debra Cameron, Tammy Craig, Brydne Edwards, Heidi Schwellnus, Cheryl Missiuna, Helene Polatajko. Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP): A New Approach for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Paediatrics. 2016 Apr 8. In Press. Principal Author.
  2. Janet Njelesani, Barbara E. Gibson, Debra Cameron, Stephanie Nixon & Helene Polatajko. Sport-for-Development: A Level Playing Field? Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 2015 May;16(2). In Press. Coauthor or Collaborator.
  3. Njelesani, J., Cameron, D., Parsons, J., & Nixon, S. Examining the work experiences of persons with disabilities who are HIV+. African Journal of AIDS Research. African Journal of AIDS Research. 2015 Apr 28;14(1):51-56. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.2989/16085906.2015.1016985. Coauthor or Collaborator.
  4. Grandisson, M., Thibeault, R., Hebert, M., Cameron, D. Expert consensus on best evaluative practices in community-based rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2015 Apr 10. In Press. Coauthor or Collaborator.
  5. Ghareghy, S., Rassafiani, M. & Cameron, D. Cognitive interventions in children with ADHD. P and OT in Paediatrics. 2015 Feb.Coauthor or Collaborator.
  6. Stephanie A. Nixon, Lynn Cockburn, Ruth Acheinegeh, Kim Bradley, Debra Cameron, Peter N. Mue, Nyingcho Samuelh, & Barbara E. Gibson. Using Postcolonial Perspectives to Consider Rehabilitation with Children with Disabilities: The Bamenda-Toronto Dialogue. Disability and the Global South. 2014 Dec 4. In Press. Coauthor or Collaborator.
  7. Njelesani, J., Leckie, K., Drummond, J., & Cameron, D. Parental perceptions of barriers to physical activity in children with developmental disabilities living in Trinidad and Tobago. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2014 May 14. doi:10.3109/09638288.2014.918186. Senior Responsible Author.
  8. Haro, A, Knight, B, Cameron, D, Nixon, S, Ahluwahia, P, Hicks, E. Becoming an Occupational Therapist: Impact of International Fieldwork Placements on Clinical Practice”. CJOT. 2014 May 9;81(3):173-182. doi: 10.1177/0008417414534629. Senior Responsible Author.
  9. Wiley, B., Cameron, D., Hogg, A., & Gulati, S. Exploring the use of Tablets (iPads) with Children and Young Adults with Disabilities in Trinidad. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 2014 Apr 29. doi:10.3109/17483107.2014.914251. Senior Responsible Author.
  10. Kam, S., Kent, M., Khodaverdian, A., Daiter, L., Njelesani, J., Cameron, D., & Andrysek, J. The influence of environmental and personal factors on participation of lower-limb prosthetic users in low-income countries: Prosthetists’ perspectives. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 2014 Apr 2:1-7. doi:10.3109/17483107.2014.905643. Senior Responsible Author.
  11. Agnihotri, S, Gray, J, Colantonio, A, Polatajko, H, Cameron, D, Wiseman-Hakes, C, Rumney, P, Keightley, M L. Arts-based social skills interventions for adolescents with acquired brain injuries: five case reports. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2014 Feb;17(1):44-63. Coauthor or Collaborator.
  12. Njelesani, J, Polatajko, H, Cameron, D, Gibson, B, Nixon, S A. Critical Occupational Approach: Offering Insights on the Sport-for-Development Playing Field. Journal of Sport for Development. 2013 Sep. In Press. Coauthor or Collaborator.
global health, international fieldwork, cognitive orientation to daily occupational performance (CO-OP), diversity, inclusion
Student Supervision (most recent)
  1. 2016 Jan – present Primary Supervisor. MSc. Tammy Craig, Rehabilitation Science.
  2. 2013 Sep – present Co-Supervisor. PhD. Brydne Edwards, Rehabilitation Science. Supervisor(s): Gillian King.
  3. 2015 Jul – 2016 Jul Co-Supervisor. MSc Occupational Therapy. Alexandra Leibner, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Community Based Dance Program for Individuals with Disabiliities.
  4. 2015 Jul – 2016 Jul Co-Supervisor. MSc Occupational Therapy. Amanda Waning, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Community Based Dance Program for Individuals with Disabiliities, Non-thesis Project.
  5. 2015 Jul – 2016 Jul Co-Supervisor. MSc Occupational Therapy. Neva Hui. The role of gender and disability in inclusive education, Non-thesis Project.
  6. 2015 Jul – 2016 Jul Co-Supervisor. MSc Occupational Therapy. Emily Vickery, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. The role of gender and disability in inclusive education, Non-thesis Project.
  7. 2013 Jul – 2015 Jul Co-Supervisor. MSc Occupational Therapy. Brianna Grove White, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Preparing Global Citizens, Group Supervision, Non-thesis Project. Supervisor(s): Freida Chavez.
  8. 2013 Jul – 2015 Jul Co-Supervisor. MSc Occupational Therapy. Batoul Sayed Ahmed, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Factors Affecting Participation in Sports for Children with Prosthetics, Group Supervision, Non-thesis Project. Supervisor(s): Jan Andrysek.
  9. 2013 Jul – 2015 Jul Co-Supervisor. MSc Occupational Therapy. Marena Lamy, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Factors Affecting Participation in Sports for Children with Prosthetics, Group Supervision, Non-thesis Project. Supervisor(s): Jan Andrysek.
  10. 2013 Jul – 2015 Jun Co-Supervisor. MSc Occupational Therapy. Dena Graner, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Preparing Global Citizens, Group Supervision, Non-thesis Project. Supervisor(s): Freida Chavez.
  11. 2013 Jul – 2015 Jun Co-Supervisor. MSc Occupational Therapy. Mallory Owen, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Early Powered Mobility, Group Supervision, Non-thesis Project. Supervisor(s): Laura Cooper Kruk.
  12. 2013 Jul – 2015 Jun Co-Supervisor. MSc Occupational Therapy. Stefanie Bramwell, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Early Powered Mobility, Group Supervision, Non-thesis Project. Supervisor(s): Laura Cooper Kruk.
Research Interests

International Health and Development, International Fieldwork Placements, Cognitive Interventions, CO-OP, parenting.

Current Courses
  • OCT 1252: Enabling Children Part II
Presentations
2016 Apr Presenter. ‘Factors Impacting Participation In Sports For Children With Amputations: A Pilot Study’. ACPOC. Broomfield, Colorado, United States. Presenter(s): Lisa Artero, Batoul Ahmed Sayed, Marena Lamy, Jan Andrysek, Sandra Ramdial, Matt Leineweber.

2016 Apr Presenter. Development of an inter-professional model for inclusive global health research – Experience from 7 countries. American Occupational Therapy Association. Chicago, Illinois, United States. Presenter(s): Goli Hashemi, Janet Njelesani, Deb Cameron, Lynn Cockburn, Cathy Cameron, Donald Njelesani, Penny Parnes.

2015 Oct 29 Presenter. Solution-focused Coaching- An Exciting Approach for OT. Association of Caribbean Occupational. Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. Presenter(s): Debra Cameron, Batoul Sayed Ahmed & Nikita Findlay.

2015 Oct 29 Presenter. Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance- an approach for everyone. Association of Caribbean Occupational. Port of Spain, Trinidad And Tobago. Presenter(s): Debra Cameron.

2015 Sep 5 Presenter. Integrating educational theory into health professional curricula through an education conceptual framework. AMEE; International Association for Medical Education. Glasgow, Glasgow City, United Kingdom. Presenter(s): Eason Klatt, M., Dawson, D., Cockburn, L., Teachman, G., Trentham, B., Cameron, D.

2014 Oct Presenter. Everyday memory impairments in children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Presenter(s): Agnihotri, S., Rovet, J., Rasmussen, C., Cameron, D., Ryan, J., & Keightley, M.L. To be presented at the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine, Toronto ON, October 7th – 11th, 2014.

2013 Jul Fostering Reflexivity among HIV clinicians and students: A scoping study. 2nd International HIV Social Sciences and Humanities Conference. Paris. Authors: Landy, R, Nixon, S, Baxter, L, Cameron, C, Cameron, D, Cockburn, L, O’Brien, K, O’Hearn, S, Oliver, B, Robrigado, K. July 2013 (accepted Feb 2013).

2013 Apr 4 International Partnerships in Occupational Therapy: Realities of a Globally-Connected Profession. AOTA. Baltimore, Maryland. Authors: Suarez-Balcazer, Y, Hansen, A, Munoz, J, Stein, F Ilott, I, Ammeral, M, Njelesani, J, Cameron, D, Hammel, J.

2013 SenseCam as an Everyday Memory Rehabilitation Tool for Youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. SenseCam 2013. San Diego. Authors: Agnihotri, S, Keightley, M, Cameron, D.

2012 Jul 22 “Work experiences of people with disabilities who are HIV+ in Lusaka, Zambia”. XIX International AIDS Conference. Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Njelesani, J., Cameron, D., Parsons, J., & Nixon, S. July 22-27, 2012.

2012 Jul 22 “Who gets to play?: Evaluating sports as the means for HIV programming through an occupational perspective”. XIX International AIDS Conference. Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Authors: Njelesani, J., Cameron, D., Gibson, B.E., Nixon, S., & Polatajko, H. July 22-27, 2012.