Denise Reid (Emerita)

D. Reid's PortraitProfessor Emerita
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(416) 978-5937


School of Graduate Studies
  • Full Member
Cross Appointments
  • Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
  • Institute of Medical Science; Institute for Studies in Education, Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology
  • Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science

Dr. Denise Reid is a professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, the Institute of Medical Science and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. She has been on faculty at the University of Toronto since 1983. Since that time she has taught numerous courses in the areas of Pediatrics, Neurology, Assistive Technology, and the Research Project course and has supervised the research of numerous graduate students and undergraduate students. She has well over 100 research and clinical publications. She is the director of the Virtual Reality and Rehabilitation Lab where she creates virtual reality programs and has used the IREX Gesture Xtreme ™software for conducting studies in rehabilitation, exploring presence and engagement with disabled children and adults. She is the coordinator of the Annual Thelma Cardwell Lectureship and student research symposium. As well, her current research interests and program are focused on the understanding of the components of mindfulness and mindful practice. Projects include the development of an introductory online mindfulness curriculum. A pilot test of the curriculum with occupational science students has been completed. A larger evaluation study of the mindfulness online program with U of T students from other disciplines is underway.

Selected Recent Publications
  1. Reid, D. (2013). Teaching Mindfulness to Occupational Therapy Students: Pilot Evaluation of an Online Course. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  2. Reid, D. , Naseer,  Z.  (2012). Exploring Arising Moments and Mindfulness in Occupational Therapists Working in Diverse Clinical areas. OT in Heath Care, 26, 306-317.
  3. Reid, D. T. (2011). Doing Play in a Virtual Environment. in S. Brahnam & L. Jain (Eds). Advanced Computational Intelligence Paradigms in Health care: Virtual reality in psychotherapy, rehabilitation, and assessment. Springer. (pp. 253-268) Invited book chapter.
  4. Reid, D. (2011). Enabling a Community Culture of Creative Expression: Experiences of Disabled Artists. Journal of Arts & Communities, 3(1).
  5. Reid D. Chiu T. (2011). Research Lessons Learned: Home-Based Occupational Therapy With Diverse Mothers of Premature Infants.Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78, 173-179.
  6. Wang, M. & Reid, D. (2011). Virtual reality in pediatric neurorehabilitation: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and cerebral palsy, Neuroepidemiology, 36, 2-18.
  7. Reid, D.T. (2011). Mindfulness and Flow in Occupational Engagement: Presence in Doing. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy,78, 50-56.
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised
  1. Janine Farragher and Canan OK. (Msc Candidates) Department of Occupational Science and
    Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Measuring mindfulness among occupational
    therapists who work in mental health. (start 2009)
  2. Michelle Wang (MSc). P rocessing Information in Context: Improving abstraction and cognitive flexibility in children with autism, 2010
  3. Cecilia Wan (MSc OT) Evaluation of a Computer Based Virtual Way Finding Assessment, 2006.
  4. Cynthia Zeemel (MSc OT) Exploring the Meaning of Volunteering in Elderly Stroke Survivors, 2006.
  5. Eugenia Jon (MSc OT), Virtual assessment of visual search, 2005.
  6. Katie Harder (MSc OT) Experiences with on-screen keyboards with disabled children, 2005)
Research Interests

Mindfulness, mindful practice, virtual reality in rehabilitation, virtual wheelchair simulator trainer, presence moments.

Current Courses
  • OCT 1220Y Graduate Research Project
Special Lectures / Keynote Speeches
  1. Virtual Reality in Occupational Therapy Practice, Department of Occupational Therapy, Sapporo Medical University, Sapporo Hokkaido, May 29, 2009.
  2. Reflections on Occupational Presence. Japanese Association of Occupational Scientists Meeting, Japanese School of Technology for Social Medicine. Tokyo, May 17, 2009.
  3. Home-Based OT for Preterm Infants: Impact on Motor Development and Caregiver-Infant Interaction. Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia, March 26, 2009.
  4. Virtual reality research with children with cerebral palsy. Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Aukland University of Technology, Aukland, New Zealand, April 3, 2009.
  5. Quality of mother-infant interaction in the context of homecare occupational therapy for Preterm infants, McGill Infant Health Day, Jan 22, 2010, Montreal Children’s Hospital.