Judith Friedland

Judith Friedland PortraitProfessor Emerita
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(416) 946-7664


School of Graduate Studies
  • Full Member
Cross Appointments
  • Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology (OISE/UT)
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Rehabilitation Science Institute

Although officially retired in 2004, I continue to be active in the university and in the health care community. I have been the chair of Public Health Ontario’s Ethics Review Board since 2012, and am the past chair of the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board of the University of Toronto. My research has focussed primarily on the psychosocial aspects of illness and disability (e.g., on CVA, AIDS, MVA), and on the early history of occupational therapy in Canada. My book Restoring the Spirit: the beginnings of occupational therapy in Canada, 1890-1930 was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in September 2011. I have an ongoing interest in the mental health issues of university students and continue to do research in this area. I have also done work in seniors’ driving cessation. My eight grandchildren, concert going, time at the cottage, and travelling with my husband provide strong competition for all of the above.

Selected Recent Publications
  1. Kirsh, B., Friedland, J., Webber, C., Salkovitch, M., Snider, K., Orfus, S., Gopalasuntharanathan, N., and Choi, S. Experiences of university students who are living with mental health problems: Interrelations between the self, the social, and the school. In press, WORK: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation.
  2. Friedland, J. “The Melding of Work and the Mending of Spirit: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto”. Essay in Catalogue for the exhibition All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960. Mt Allison University, Owens Art Gallery. April 24 – September 16, 2015.
  3. Cameron, Jill I., Bastawrous, M., Marsella, A., Forde, S., Smale, L., Friedland, J., Denyse Richardson, and Gary Naglie (2014). Stroke survivors’, caregivers, and health care professionals perspectives on the weekend pass to facilitate transition home. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 46: 858–863.
  4. Friedland, J., (2013). Being our own sponsors, Guest Editorial, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(5), 269-272.
  5. Reaching Out: Today’s Activist Occupational Therapists – Townsend, E., Marval, R., McNeill, C., & Friedland, J., (2012), www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIcfyQ3RwT0
  6. Friedland, J., (2011). Restoring the Spirit: the beginnings of occupational therapy in Canada, 1890-1930, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  7. Friedland, J., and D. Laliberte Rudman. (2009). From confrontation to collaboration: making a place for dialogue on seniors’ driving. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 12(1), 12-23.
  8. Friedland, J., Jand J. Silva. (2008). Evolving identities: TB Kidner and Occupational Therapy in the US. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62(3), 349-360.
  9. M. Bettazzoni, Friedland, J., R. Zipursky, and G. Devins. (2008). Illness Intrusiveness and subjective well-being in schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, 196, 798-805.
  10. Friedland, J., (2005). “Occupational Therapy and rehabilitation: an awkward alliance”. In R. Cottrell (Ed.), Perspectives for occupation-based practice: Foundation and Future in Occupational Therapy, AOTA Publications.
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised

Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science

  • Co-supervision: Amanda Marsella, 2009 “The week-end home visit program during inpatient rehabilitation.”
  • Supervision: Joanne Maxwell,  2006. Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science. “Psychosocial impact of traumatic loss of the hand”.


Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

  • Co-supervision: Colleen Webber, 2008-9. Mental health issues of university students.
  • Co-supervision: Marni Salkovitch, 2009-10. Mental health issues of university students in health professions.
  • Co-supervision: Nancy Van Lonen, 2009-10. Research Ethics Board approvals for rehabilitation researchers at the University of Toronto
  • Co-supervision: Katrina Snider and Shauna Orphus, 2010-11. How undergraduates with mental health issues manage their student roles.
  • Co-supervision: Nishanthiga Gobalasundaranathan and Sunny Cho, 2011-12. How University Students with Mental Health Issues Manage their Student Roles
Research Interests

Psychosocial Adjustment to Physical Illness and Injury (e.g., CVA, AIDS, MVA); Ethics in Health Research; Post-secondary Students’ Health Issues; Seniors’ Driving Safety; Early History of Occupational Therapy (circa 1900).

Special Lectures / Keynote Speeches
  1. “Rethinking Risk and Vulnerability in Research Ethics: Imagining the What-Ifs.” Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB), Toronto, May 26, 2016. E. Peter and J. Friedland (Plenary).
  2. Restoring the Spirit: Looking to our past as we plan our future. Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, October 23, 2014.
  3. “OT at Sunnybrook and the Veterans of World War I”. Occupational Therapy Department Retreat (Sunnybrook Bayview Campus, Holland Centre, St John’s Rehab), Vaughan Estates, October 3, 2013 .
  4. “Work in the early 1900s: as a treatment, an outcome, and a foundation for a new healthcare profession.” Taking Toronto’s Healthcare History, November 24, 2012.
  5. “Advocacy Then and Now.” University Health Network (UHN) Occupational Therapists, Toronto, October 18, 2012. .
  6. “Occupational Therapy in Canada: From 19th Century Roots to 21st Century Branches”, Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series, University of Toronto, November 14, 2012.
  7. “Honouring the Past, Building the Future”, Humber River Regional Hospital, Toronto, November 2, 2012.
  8. “ Through Mind and Hand to Health”, William Morris Society of Canada, Toronto, April 16, 2012.