Debbie Hébert

D. Hebert's PortraitAssociate Professor (Status only)
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(416) 597-3422 ext 3505



I have been working in the area of neurorehabilitation over the past 28 years. My position at Toronto Rehab Institute as corporate professional leader and clinical educator enables me to take on the role of clinical associate at U of T.  Most of my research relates to this area. I have a special interest in occupation following stroke and acquired brain injury. As well I am interested in interventions for people with unilateral inattention, apraxia, memory difficulties and attention challenges. My second area of interest is continuing education. I have been involved in coordinating and facilitating continuing education courses for the past 14 years at the University of Toronto in my capacity as chair of the continuing professional development committee.  I am also a member of the Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Education and Professional Development Committee and co-chair the Faculty Development Committee of this group.

Selected Recent Publications
  1. J. Smith, D. Hebert and D. Reid. (2007). Exploring the effects of virtual reality on unilateral neglect caused by stroke: four case studies. Technology and Disability, 19(1), 29-40.
  2. D. Laliberte Rudman, D. Hebert and D. Reid. (2006). Living in a restricted occupational world: The occupational experiences of stroke survivors who are wheelchair users and their caregivers. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73, 141-153.
  3. D. Reid, D. Rudman and D. Hebert. (2002). Impact of wheeled seated mobility devices on the occupational performance of adult users and their caregivers: A critical review of the literature. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, 261-280.
  4. D. Hebert and E. Roy. (2002). Limb apraxia: A clinical perspective. Geriatrics and Aging, 5, 15-21.
  5. A. Colantonio, V. Marshall, C. Cott, D. Rudman, D. Hebert and F. Aiken. (2002) Teaching graduate students about methdological issues in research on aging and health: An innovative course addressing methodological issues in aging research. Educational Gerontology, 28(3), 107-120.
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised
  1. The use of virtual environments to train route finding. Marose Coniega, 2005.
  2. Evaluation of a protocol to administer Botox for hypertonicity. Tova Adler, 2005.
  3. Clinician utilization of research. Joanne Ciardullo, 2005.
  4. The goal of driving: Can it be facilitated in a rehabilitation facility? Laura Boutara (MScOT), 2004.
  5. The goal of driving: Can it be facilitated in a rehabilitation facility? Heidi Reznick (MScOT), 2004.
Research Interests

Cognitive Rehabilitation including Awareness, Apraxia, Unilateral Neglect; Perceptions of Occupational Performance in clients with disabilities; Fieldwork, Continuing Education Outcome; Recovery from Neurological Impairment; Outcome Measurement.

Current Courses

OCT 1172Y: Neruomotor and Neurocognitive Perspectives in Occupational Therapy

Special Lectures / Keynote Speeches
  1. Hebert, D. The relationship between tests of apraxia and assessments of functional performance, Toronto Rehab Fifth Annual Stroke Rehab Symposium: Don’t be Left Out. Dec. 1, 2005, invited.
  2. Hebert, D. & Lowe, M. Diversity in attentional abilities: Implications for occupation. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Vancouver, May, 2005.
  3. Lowe, M. & Hebert, D. Commitments to change: Integrating learning from continuing education into practice. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Conference, Vancouver, May, 2005.
  4. Hebert, D. Brunton, K. The Neurological Shoulder. University of Toronto, October 2005.
  5. Hebert, D. Attention and Memory Best Practice Updates. Markham Stouffville Hospital, March 2005.