Donna Barker

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Director of Clinical Education / Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(416) 946-8782
donna.barker@utoronto.ca

 

Biosketch

Prior to becoming the Director of Clinical Education in the Department of OS&OT, Donna worked clinically as an occupational therapist, was OT Practice Leader, was actively involved in many GTA rehabilitation committees, and held a Status Lecturer position within the Department.

As the Director of Clinical Education, Donna is responsible for all fieldwork courses within the MScOT curriculum and is an active member of many university and professional committees throughout Ontario and Canada. Donna’s research interests centre around clinical/fieldwork education and inclusive education. Recent research work has included clinical education within private practice, gender issues in clinical education, and inclusive clinical education for students with disabilities.

Publications
Selected PublicationsAll PublicationsKeywords
  1. Singh, H., Gaya, A., Martin, L., & Barker, D. From volunteer and student occupational therapist to new occupational therapist in private practice. Occupational Therapy Now. 2017: 19(2).
  2. Barker, D.J., Lencucha, J. & Anderson, R. Kolb’s learning cycle as a framework for early fieldwork learning. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin. 2016 Mar 30:1-7.
  3. Stier, J., Barker, D., & Campbell-Rempel, M. Student accommodations in OT university programs: Requirements, present environment, and trends. Occupational Therapy Now. 2015 May;17(3).
  4. Barker, D., *Ross, S., *Schwartz, A., *Hamer, J., *Khataan, N., & Carnahan, H. Needs Assessment of Occupational Therapy Education. The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning. 2014.
  5. Barker, D., Stier, J. Consideration of Student Accessibility When Teaching Outside the Classroom. (Canada): Council of Ontario Universities; 2014 Mar. (2014, March). Available from: Accessible Campus, Council of Ontario Universities.
  6. Vaisberg, S., Duncan, A., Laing, T., Khosla, B., Stack, R., & Barker, D. Students creating innovative occupational therapy roles through integration of academic and fieldwork curricula. Occupational Therapy Now. 2014 Jan;16(1):11-13. (2014).
  7. Barker, D., Stack, R., Miller, C., MacEwen, H., & Rappolt, S. Enhancing fieldwork opportunities within private practice settings. Occupational Therapy Now. 2014;16(6):20-22. (2014).
  8. Barker, D., Stack, R., Jakubovic, R., & Reed, N.P. The male occupational therapy student on fieldwork: Optimizing the experience. Occupational Therapy Now. Vol.15(2), (2013).
Clinical Education, Inclusive Education, Clinical Education Models
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised
  1. “Accommodating students in fieldwork: Developing an occupational demands measure”. Yang, J. & Lo, K. (MScOT candidates), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, 2013.
  2. “From OT Fieldwork Training to Practice: Examining the percentage of time occupational therapists spend in ambulatory care settings”. Chouhan, V. & Wu, K. (MScOT candidates), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, 2013.
  3. “Developing a Survey Exploring Occupational Therapy Private Practice and Clinical Education”. Ly, K., Nguyen, V. (MScOT candidates), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, 2011.
  4. “Clinician perspective on the preparedness of OT students for practice in a neurology and musculoskeletal – based setting.” Ross, S., Schwartz, A., (MScOT candidates), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, 2009.
  5. “A needs assessment of occupational therapy education: Preparedness for neurology and musculoskeletal practice settings”. Hamer, J., Khataan, N., (MScOT candidates), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, 2009.
  6. “Gender-related experiences of male occupational therapy clinicians in Ontario”. Birioukova, A., (MScOT candidate), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, 2009.
  7. “The challenge of locating occupational therapy fieldwork placements: An issue of funding?” Richter, J. (MScOT candidate), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, 2008.
  8. “Fieldwork experiences of male occupational therapy students: A qualitative study”. Jakubovic, R. (MScOT candidate), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, 2008.
Research Interests

Professional Issues in Student Fieldwork, Student Accommodations and Clinical Education, Private Practice and Clinical Education, Gender and Clinical Education.

Current Courses
  • OCT 1131H: Occupational Therapy Practice I
  • Oversight of Fieldwork Courses: OCT 1183Y: Fieldwork 1, OCT 1281Y: Fieldwork 2, OCT 1282Y: Fieldwork 3, OCT1283Y: Fieldwork 4
Selected Presentations
  1. A National Strategy for Students’ Accommodations in Occupational Therapy Programs. 2016 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. Banff, Alberta, Canada. Presenter(s): Barker, D.J. & Stier, J. Extended Discussion Presentation.
  2. The Private Practice Fieldwork Model: Enhancing student and preceptor experiences. 2016 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. Banff, Alberta, Canada. Presenter(s): Barker, D.J., Rappolt, S. & Morrison, T. Podium presentation.
  3. Preparing Male Occupational Therapy Students for Fieldwork Education. 2015 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Presenter(s): Barker, D. & Reed, N. Podium Presentation.
  4. Role-emerging fieldwork: Academic influence on new directions for practice. 2015 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Presenter(s): Bossers, A., Murphy, S., White, C., Storr, C., Schmitz, C., Shimmell, L., Barker, D., Campbell-Rempel, M., Drynan, D., Duncan, A., Kolber, L., Mendez, L., Constantin, E., Boucher, D. & Dennis, D. Extended Discussion Presentation.
  5. Kolb’s Learning Cycle as a Foundation for Early Fieldwork Learning. 2014 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference. Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Presenter(s): Barker, D. Authors: Barker, D., Lencucha, J., & Stier, J. Poster Presentation
  6. Feeding the Fieldwork Educator Soul: Recipes for Success. 2014 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference (ACOTUP Sponsored Session). Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Presenter(s): Barker, D., Authors: Barker, D., Boucher, M., Shimmell, L., Rouleau, M-C., White, C., & Castle, L.
  7. Implementing Student Accommodations in Canadian OT Programs. 2012 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference (ACOTUP Sponsored Session). Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Presenter(s): Stier, J., Barker, D.J., Campbell-Rempel, M.A.