Mary Stergiou-Kita

M. Kita's PortraitAssistant Professor
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(currently on leave)
(416) 946-3249
mary.kita@utoronto.ca

 

Cross Appointments
  • Affiliate Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto
  • Adjunct Scientist, Institute of Work and Health, Toronto
  • Associate, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto
Biosketch

Mary obtained her Bachelors’ of Science, Masters of Science and Doctorate from the University of Toronto. For her research, Mary has held funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the Institute of Work & Health. Mary has also been awarded the Enabling Occupation Research Award from the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.

 

Mary’s program of research focuses on work and community re-integration, across rehabilitation populations (including traumatic brain injury, electrical injuries, cancer, burns). She aims to bridge health, community and employment contexts, in order to develop strategies and tools to enhance clinical practice and improve return to work outcomes for vulnerable injured, ill and disabled workers. Mary has led national and international teams in developing inter-professional guidelines for vocational evaluation (in brain injury and burn injuries), examined workplace accommodations following complex physical and psychological injuries (e.g. brain and electrical injuries), and developed return to work recommendations for cancer survivors. She is currently leading a pan-Canadian team of researchers and inter-sector safety partners in developing a suite of projects to enhance men’s health and safety in high risk work and applying gender theories.

 

To her research, Mary also brings over fifteen years of clinical expertise in both brain injury and vocational rehabilitation (in public and private settings), and the ability to work collaboratively with health care teams, workers and employers to enhance return to work outcomes. She has collaborated nationally and internationally in developing guidelines for cognitive rehabilitation (as a member of the International Traumatic Brain Injury Cognitive Rehabilitation, INCOG), guidelines for mild traumatic brain injuries and persistent symptoms and most recently exploring return to work issues through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Collaboration.

Selected Recent Publications
  1. Stergiou-Kita M, Grigorovich A, Tseung V, Milosevic E, Hebert D, Phan S, & Jones J. (2014) Qualitative meta-synthesis of survivors’ work experiences and the development of strategies to facilitate return to work. Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice. DOI 10.1007/s11764-0
  2. Stergiou-Kita, M., & Grigorovich, A. (2014) Guidelines for Vocational Evaluation Following Burns: Integrative Review of Relevant Processes and Factors. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 23(4), 476-403.
  3. Stergiou-Kita M, Mansfield E, Daiter L & Colantonio A (2014). Good intentions? Employer representative conceptualizations and challenges to the workplace accommodation process: The case of electrical injuries.Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal.DOI 10.1007/s10672-014-9242-5.
  4. Stergiou-Kita M, Mansfield E, Colantonio A. (2014). Injured workers’ perspectives on how workplace accommodations are conceptualized and delivered following electrical injuries. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.25; 173-188.
  5. Tate R, Kennedy M, Ponsford J, Douglas J, Velikonja D,, Bayley M, Stergiou-Kita M (2014), on behalf of INCOG expert panel. INCOG recommendations for management of cognition following TBI part III: Executive function and self-Awareness.Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation29(4):338-352.
  6. Stergiou-Kita, M., Dawson, D., & Rappolt, S. (2012). Inter-professional clinical practice guideline for vocational evaluation following traumatic brain injury: A systematic and evidence-based approach.Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 22(2), 166-181.
  7. Stergiou-Kita, M., Dawson, D., & Rappolt, S. (2011). An integrated review of the process and factors relevant to vocational evaluation following traumatic brain injury.Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation,,21(3), 374-394.
  8. Stergiou-Kita, M., Moll, S., Walsh, A., & Gewurtz, R. (2010). Health professionals, advocacy and return to work: Taking up the challenge.Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation,37, 217-223.
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised
  1. Workplace Discrimination and Stigma Among Cancer Survivors (Xueqing Qie & Karen Hau, MSc OT Research Project, University of Toronto, 2014-2015)
  2. Health Care Service Utilization and Costs Following A Work-related Traumatic Brain Injury: A Sex-based Examination of Workers` Compensation Claims in Victoria, Australia Eileen Guerriero, MSc Student, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, 2013-2015)
  3. Exploration of Family Members` Experiences in Supporting Return to Productive Occupations in Individuals Following Traumatic Brain Injury (Jenny Lin & Alicia Gagnon, MSc OT Research Project, University of Toronto, 2013-2014)
  4. Risks within the Workplace Environment and Return to Work Following Acquired Brain Injury (Jeffery Wan, MSc OT Research Project, University of Toronto, 2009).
  5. Return to Work Evaluation Following Brain Injury – Risks and Benefits (Amber Yantzi, MSC OT Research Project, University of Toronto, 2009).
Research Interests

Return to work and work re-integration across rehabilitation populations; workplace accommodations; community re-integration; quantitative and qualitative syntheses; guideline development and implementation; qualitative research; sex and gender analysis; cognitive rehabilitation.

Current Courses
  • OCT 1262Y: Enabling Occupation with Adults II: Work Practice Theme
Special Lectures / Keynote Speeches
  • Returning to Duty Following a Traumatic Brain Injury – How Will We Know When We’re Ready?”- Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran’s Research, Forum 2014 Knowledge Translation Session, Canada, Ontario, Toronto. (November 24, 2014)
  • Inter-professional Clinical Practice Guideline for Vocational Evaluation Following Traumatic Brain Injury – Development, Implementation and Evaluation- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference Instructional Course, Canada, Ontario, Toronto. (October 8, 2014)
  • The Big “E” – Understanding the Workplace Environment and Its Role in Successful Work and Return to Work”, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Lunch and Learn, Canada. (September 9, 2014).
  • Promoting Workplace Success Through Workplace Accommodations Following Traumatic Brain Injury and Electrical Injury – Tenth World Congress on Brain Injury, United States, California, San Francisco. (March 20, 2014)
  • Key Note Address: Towards Developing Best Practices for Vocational Rehabilitation Following Traumatic Brain Injury: Tools of the Trade”, Building Bridges to Employment- 2014 National Brain Injury Employment Conference, United States, Colorado, Denver. (March 11, 2014).
  • Occupational Traumatic Brain Injury: Gender, Health and the Workplace – Symposium”, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference, United States, Florida, Orlanda. (November 15, 2013)
  • Towards Developing a Guideline for Vocational Evaluation Following Traumatic Brain Injury: Review of the Evidence. Third Federal Inter-Agency Conference on Traumatic Brain Injury, Washington, DC, June 13-15, 2011.