Susan Rappolt

rappolit_susan10Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

(416) 978-5936


Cross Appointments
  • Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science
  • Department of Public Health Sciences
School of Graduate Studies
  • Member

Susan Rappolt is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on methods for effective knowledge translation and research utilization, and the effects of the social and policy contexts on professional practices in occupational therapy.

Selected Recent Publications
  1. Durocher, E., Rappolt, S., Gibson, B. E. Occupational justice: Future directions. Journal of Occupational Science. 20(2). (2013).
  2. Durocher, E., Gibson, B. E., Rappolt, S. Occupational justice: Conceptual review. Journal of Occupational Science. 20(2). (2013).
  3. Stergiou-Kita, M., Rappolt, S., Dawson, D. Towards developing a guideline for vocational evaluation following traumatic brain injury: The qualitative synthesis of clients’ perspectives. Disability and Rehabilitation. 34(3), 179-88. 2012.
  4. Stergiou-Kita, M., Dawson, D., Rappolt, S. Inter-professional clinical practice guideline for vocational evaluation following traumatic brain injury. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 22(2), 166-181. 2012
  5. Stergiou-Kita, M, Dawson, D, & Rappolt, S. An integrated review of the process and factors relevant to vocational evaluation following traumatic brain injury. Online version, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. DOI 10.1007/s10926-010-9282-0. (2011).
  6. Freeman, AR, McWilliam, CL, MacKinnon, JR, DeLuca, S, Rappolt, S. Health professionals’ enactment of their accountability obligations: doing the best they can. Social Science & Medicine, 69, 1063–1071. (2009).
  7. Janes, N., Sidani, S., Cott, C. and Rappolt S. (in press). Figuring it out in the moment: a theory of unregulated care providers’ knowledge utilization in dementia care settings. Worldviews on evidence-based nursing.
  8. Lowe, M., Rappolt, S., Jaglal, S. and MacDonald, G. (2007). The role of reflection in implementing learning from continuing education in to practice. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 23, 143-148.
  9. Cameron, J., Rappolt, S., Lewis, M, Lyons, R., Warner, G. and Silver, F. (2007). Development and implementation of the Ontario Stroke System: the use of evidence. International Journal of Integrated Care, 7, 1-10.
  10. Craik, J. and Rappolt, S. (2006). Enhancing research utilization capacity through multifaceted professional development. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 60, 155-164.
  11. Rappolt, S., Pearce, K., McEwen, S. and Polatajko, H. (2005). Organizational characteristics associated with self-reported practice changes following a mentored online educational module. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 25(2), 116-124.
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised
  1. “Discharge Planning with Older Adults: The influence of social and political systems and contexts”. E. Durocher (PhD) In progress.
  2. “Clients’ perception of recovery-oriented service delivery in a Canadian forensic mental health program”. T.A. McKenzie & W. Chaudhary (MScOT). 2013.
  3. “Occupational therapists’ Entrustable Professional Activities in home assessments for older Canadians”. J. Collins & M. Vasquez. (MScOT), 2013.
  4. “Inter-professional Clinical practice guideline for vocational evaluation following traumatic brain injury”. M. Stergiou-Kita (PhD) 2011.
  5. “Clinical decision-making in home modification recommendations for children and their caregivers”. T. Eimantas (MSc), in progress.
  6. “Therapeutic relationships in private practice in the auto sector”. L. Rutledge (MSc), in progress.
  7. ” Building a shared understanding: How occupational therapists evaluate a client’s readiness to return to work following acquired brain injury”. M. Stergiou-Kita (MSc), 2007.
  8. “The role of reflection in the integration of research into clinical occupational therapy”. M. Lowe (MSc), 2004.
  9. “Enhancing research utilization in occupational therapy”. J. Craik (MSc), 2002.
Research Interests
  • Knowledge translation and research utilization
  • Effect of practice contexts on professional practices
  • Occupational Science
  • Occupation and health
  • Health and rehabilitation policy
  • Professionalism and professional regulation
  • Client-centred evidence based practices
  • Return to work
Current Courses
Special Lectures / Keynote Speeches
  1. Rappolt, S. Application of knowledge translation to clinical trials. RRTC on TBI Interventions: State of the Science Conference – Clinical Trials in Rehabilitation Research: Learning from Experience. Washington D.C., October 3rd, 2007.
  2. Rappolt, S. Enabling knowledge translation: shortening the journey from evidence to practice. Victorian Fieldwork Forum, Melbourne, July 20th 2006.
  3. Rappolt. S. Clinical practice guidelines: Linking research to practice. OT Practice Network, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Meeting, Montreal, June 1 2006.
  4. Rappolt, S. Translating research into practice: when do care programs make sense? Keynote. Best Evidence to Best Practice Conference. Insurance Bureau of Canada, Toronto, June 16th 2006.
  5. Rappolt, S. Conceptualizing Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation Research. Keynote. Ontario Rehabilitation Research Network Annual Workshop, Toronto, February, 2005.