Jill Stier

stier_jAssistant Professor

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(416) 946-3903
jill.stier@utoronto.ca

 

School of Graduate Studies
  • Associate Member
Biosketch

Jill Stier is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Jill’s role as the Graduate Coordinator involves the coordination of services and programs which affect several aspects of student life. Jill chairs the Student Affairs Committee which is responsible for admissions and awards, recruitment, student advising, academic performance including marks and the appeals process, student bursaries and scholarships. Jill has expertise with accessibility and accommodation strategies for graduate students.

 

Jill had many years of clinical experience working with individuals of all ages and had a special interest in the area of hand and burn rehabilitation. Jill has always had a passion for education and knowledge transfer which was evident in her past role as a Fieldwork Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Jill’s past experience has also included her leadership position as Director of Professional Development and Practice Support with the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT) where she applied knowledge transfer theory in the development, implementation and evaluation of OSOT’s professional development services.

Selected Recent Publications
  1. Stier, J., Barker, D., & Campbell-Rempel, M. (2015, May/June). Student accommodations in occupational therapy university programs: Requirements, present environment and trends. Occupational Therapy Now, 17(3).
  2. Barker, D. & Stier, J. (Eds.). (2014, March). Consideration of student accessibility when teaching outside the classroom. Toronto: Council of Ontario Universities. Available from: http://www.accessiblecampus.ca/educators/course-planning/student-accessibility-outside-classroom/
  3. Barker, D. & Stier, J. (Eds.). (2014, March). Checklist for consideration of student accessibility when teaching outside the classroom. Toronto: Council of Ontario Universities.
  4. Bossers, A., Drynan, D., Gallagher, M.B., O’Sullivan, C., Polatajko, H., Slade, A., Stier, J., … Holmes, J. (2010). 1000 hours of fieldwork? Analysis of multi-site evidence. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(3), 135-143.
  5. Stier, J. & Smordin, H. (2008). Importance and significance of occupation in the lives of older adults: An examination of Syd’s group. Occupational Therapy Now, 6(2), 23-25.
  6. Stier, J. (2004). Occupation-based splinting. Occupational Therapy Now, 6(4), 19-21.
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised
  1. Tam, J., MScOT Candidate, & Singh, H., MScOT Candidate, University of Toronto. Program Evaluation of the AccessTO Initiative: Exploring the factors influencing awareness and usability for adults with physical disabilities. 2015/16 (Co-Supervised- In Progress).
  2. Kyle, G., MScOT Candidate, & Suthers, K., MScOT Candidate, University of Toronto. Examining Retirement Planning Programs: A Scoping Review. 2015/16 (Co-Supervised- In Progress).
  3. Ly, A., MScOT, & Fong, C., MScOT Candidate, University of Toronto. Pilot Testing a Fieldwork Demands Measure for Occupational Therapy Placements. 2013/2014 (Co- Supervised).
  4. Lo, K., MScOT Candidate, & Yang, J., MScOT, University of Toronto. Development of an Occupational Demands Measure for Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Placement. 2012/2013 (Co-Supervised).
  5. MacKinnon, C., MScOT, & Asher, S., MScOT, University of Toronto. Enhance our Profession: Bring in the Best Occupational Therapy Students. 2011/2012 (Co-Supervised).
  6. Leung, J., MScOT, & Pirapakaran, P., MScOT, University of Toronto. Occupational Repertoires of Older Adults in a Community-Based Group. 2010/2011 (Co- Supervised).
  7. Lipszc, D., MScOT, University of Toronto. Development and Pilot Testing of a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MScOT) Written Submission Measure. 2009/2010 (Co- Supervised).
  8. Fung, V., MScOT, University of Toronto. The Use of Admission Criteria to Predict Academic and Clinical Performance in Masters of Occupational Therapy Programs. 2008/2009 (Co- Supervised).
Research Interests

Graduate admissions, educational assessments, student accommodations, evaluation tools, diversity and inclusion, clinical skills using simulated clients.

Current Courses
  • OCT 1142 H: Assessment in Occupational Therapy
Presentations
  1. Stier, J., Nelles, L.M., Ng, S., & Walsh, C.M. (2015, October 23). Using performance techniques in health professions education as a means to enhance communication skills. Presented at the Richard Reznick Wilson Center Research Day, Toronto, ON.
  2. Stier, J. & Kulman-Lipsey, S. (2015, May). Building resilient occupational therapy students. Presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Winnipeg, MB.
  3. Trentham, B., Stier, J., Cockburn, L., Cameron, D., Fourt, A., Langlois, S., Renwick, R., & Sangrar, R. (2015, May 28). OT student experience of diversity and inclusion curriculum. Presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Winnipeg, MB.
  4. Barker, D., Lencucha, J., & Stier, J. (2014). Kolb’s Learning Cycle as a foundation for early fieldwork learning. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Fredericton, NB.
  5. Ly, A., Fong, C., Barker, D., & Stier, J. (2014, September 19). Pilot testing a fieldwork demands measure for occupational therapy placements. Presentation made at the annual conference of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists, Richmond Hill, ON.
  6. Stier, J. & Barker, D. (2013, June). The increased complexity in student accommodations in fieldwork placements. Presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Victoria, BC. (Peer-reviewed)
  7. Lo, K., Yang, J., Stier, J., Barker, D., & Hebert, D. (2013, June). Making fieldwork placements more accessible: A novel occupational demands measure. Presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Victoria, BC. (Peer-reviewed)
  8. Walsh, C.M., Stier, J., Nelles, L.J., & Carnahan, H. (2013, June). Communication skills training: Use of standardized patient led acting workshop to enhance the abilities of health professions trainees. Presented at the 12th annual symposium of the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program, Toronto, ON. (Trainee Presentation)
  9. Stier, J., Walsh, C., Nelles, L.J., & Carnahan, H. (2012, June). Peer role-playing to improve occupational therapy students’ communication skills. Presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Quebec City, QC. (Peer-reviewed)
  10. MacKinnon, C., Asher, S., Stier, J., & Cameron, J. (2012, June). Enhance our profession: Bring in the best occupational therapy students. Presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Quebec City, QC. (Peer-reviewed)
  11. Sangrar, R., Estioko, V., Furrow, A., Cockburn, L., Stier, J., & Trentham, B. (2012, June). Student occupational therapists’ experiences of transcultural competency development. Presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Quebec City, QC. (Peer-reviewed)
  12. Nelles, L.J., Walsh, C., Stier, J., & Carnahan, H. (2012, April). Adapting theatre practice to enhance role-playing and communication skills of health professions trainees. Presented at the annual symposium of the Arts, Humanities and Social Science in Medicine (AHSSM) Education Interest Group (EIG), Banff, AB. (Peer-reviewed)