Liza Pain

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy


Dr. Liza M. Pain is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.  She graduated from the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Toronto in 1992, and subsequently completed a PhD through the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute.

Liza has extensive clinical experience working with pediatrics, adults and older adults in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and private practice.  Liza’s research and clinical focus centres around the optimization of occupational performance and quality of life within the field of neurology and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.  Specifically, Liza’s practice focuses on neuro-motor, biomechanical, cognitive, perceptual, and sensory impairments influencing psychosocial well-being and participation in functional activities. This includes the use of various evidence-based interventions and modalities to optimize shoulder and upper extremity function, as well as performance in activities of daily living, wheelchair seating/mobility, ergonomics, vocational roles, and driving.  Liza’s clinical experience includes working in the United States and Canada, and she currently maintains a dual clinical and teaching role at Trillium Health Partners and the University of Toronto, respectively.

School of Graduate Studies

Associate Member (Restricted)

Research & Clinical Keywords

Occupational Performance; Quality of Life; Neurological Function; Musculoskeletal Function; Shoulder Pathology; Rehabilitation, Driving; Rehabilitation, Vocational