Jill Cameron

Jill Cameron_facultyAssociate Professor
Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy


Jill obtained her Bachelors of Science in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo, and Masters of Science and Doctorate from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the department, Jill spent two years at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute as a CIHR funded post-doctoral fellow. Her primary research interest is to examine the experiences of family members who assume the role of informal caregiver for individuals with disability. Jill’s aim is to understand caregivers’ needs and develop timely and relevant programs to assist them with their care-giving activities and pursuit of other valued activities and interests. She has conducted research in the area of stroke, critical illness, mental health, heart failure, and advanced cancer. Jill holds a 5-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award and a 4-year Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award to continue to emphasize her family caregiver program of research. Jill has also received a Faculty of Medicine, Graduate Faculty Teaching Award – Excellence in Graduate Teaching (Early Career).

Selected Recent Publications
  1. Cameron, JI, Stewart, DE, Streiner, DL, Coyte, PC, and Cheung, AM. What Makes Family Caregivers Happy During the First Two Years Post-Stroke? Stroke 2014:45:1084-1089
  2. Cameron, JI, Naglie, G, Silver, F, and Gignac, MA. Stroke Family Caregivers’ Support Needs Change across the Care Continuum: A Qualitative Study using the Timing it Right Framework. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2013;35:315-24
  3. Cameron, JI, Cheung, AM, Streiner, DL, Coyte, PC, Stewart, DE. Stroke Survivor Depressive Symptoms are Associated with Family Caregiver Depression during the First Two-Years Post-Stroke. Stroke, 2011;42:302-306
  4. Lee, C.M., Herridge, M.S., Matte, A. and Cameron, J.I. (2009). Education and Support Needs during Recovery in ARDS Survivors. Journal of Critical Care, 13(5), R153.
  5. Cameron, J.I. and Gignac, M.A.M. (2008). “Timing It Right”: A Conceptual Framework for Addressing the Support Needs of Family Caregivers to Stroke Survivors from the Hospital to the Home. Patient Education and Counselling, 70, 305-314.
  6. Cameron, J.I., Tsoi, C. and Marsella, A. (2008). Optimizing Stroke Systems of Care by Enhancing Transitions across Care Environments. Stroke, 39(9), 2637-2643.
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised
  1. Saira Merali, Exploring the impact of a community-based group exercise program on physical and mental health and caregiver burden in people with stroke (MSc co-supervisor). 2013-2015.
  2. Marina Bastawrous, Family caregivers’ use of social media to obtain peer support. (PhD supervisor). 2012-2016
  3. Exploring factors associated with the adoption of family caregiver support programs by stroke systems of care. Victrine Tseung (PhD). 2010-2014.
  4. Long-term outcomes of Lung-transplant long-stay intensive care unit patients and their family caregivers. Marco Raggi (MSc). 2009-2011.
  5. “Family caregivers’ experiences with stroke survivors’ weekend visits to facilitate the transition home”. Amanda Marsella (MSc), 2007-2009.
  6. Exploring the Experiences and Needs of Adult Children caring for Aging Parents. Lauren Schwartz and Matt Gereghty (MScOT), 2009-2010.
  7. Experiences and Needs of Males Caring for a Family Member with Dementia. Ashley Duross and Talia Dick (MScOT) 2010-2011.
Research Interests

Informal care; caregivers; home care; care continuum; health services; transitions; quality of life; participation; stroke; critical illness; heart failure; gerontology.

Current Courses
  • OCT 1121H: Research Issues and Approaches in Occupational Therapy
Special Lectures / Keynote Speeches
  1. Conference Presentation: Cameron, JI, Czerwonka, A, Naglie, G, Gignac, M, Green, T, Warner, G, Bayley M, Cheung, A, Philips, S, Silver, F, Huijbregts, M. Identifying family caregivers at risk during the acute stroke phase. European Stroke Conference, London, England, May 28-31, 2013 (poster).
  2. Conference Presentation: Cameron, JI, Chan, L, Czerwonka, A, Chu, LM, Matte, A, Ferguson, N, Mehta, S, Friedrich, J, Adhikari, N, Fowler, R, Cook, D, Rudkowski, J, Meggison, H, Abbey, SE, Batt, JA, dos Santos, CC, Flannery, JF, Leung, G, Marshall, JC, Moody, AR, Rubenfeld, G, Scales, DC, Sinuff, T, Slutsky, AS, Tomlinson, G, Herridge, MS. Long-Term Outcomes after Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation: Family Caregiver Outcomes from the Towards RECOVER Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May 17-22, 2013 (poster).
  3. Conference Presentation: Cameron, JI, Naglie, G, Green, T, Gignac, M, Bayley, M, Huijbregths, M, and Silver, F. The Timing it Right Stroke Family Support Program: Phase 2 Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. European Stroke Conference, Hamburg, Germany, May 24-27, 2011 (paper).
  4. Invited Speaker: 1st Canadian Stroke Congress Pre-conference Rehabilitation Research Day. Getting the Right Information to the Right People at the Right Time. Quebec City, Quebec, June 6, 2010.
  5. Invited Speaker: Champlain Stroke Education Day. Stroke Survivors and Families want PIES to Facilitate Recovery. Ottawa, ON, September 30, 2013.
  6. Invited Speaker: Northwestern Ontario Stroke Rehabilitation Symposium. Supporting stroke families across the care continuum, Thunder Bay, ON, March 22, 2013