Helene Polatajko

H. Polatajko's Portrait
Professor Emeritus
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Email: h.polatajko@utoronto.ca


Dr. Polatajko, PhD, is an internationally respected occupational therapy scholar and teacher and a valued mentor. She has well over 300 publications, has done over 550 presentations in more than 20 countries, and has held over $10,000,000 in grants. Her work has focused on occupation and its enablement. Prominent among her contributions are co-authorship on the internationally acclaimed Canadian Occupational Performance Measure and the two Enabling Occupation books, and leading the creation and development of the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance approach. Dr. Polatajko has been granted numerous top awards and distinctions including the Muriel Driver Lectureship, election to The American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Academy of Research and being named as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Cross Appointments
  • Rehabilitation Sciences Institute
  •  Collaborative Program in Neuroscience Program (CPIN)
School of Graduate Studies

Full Member

Research Keywords

Cognition; Neuroscience; Measurement; Intervention;  Occupational Enablement