Lynn Cockburn

Assistant Professorlynn-cockburn

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
(416) 978-8541



Lynn Cockburn graduated with a BSc (OT) from the University of Toronto, a Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Toronto, Ontario and a Masters and PhD (Community Health Promotion and Education) in Public Health from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. Her thesis work addressed how disability organizations have responded to the AIDS situation in the North West Region of Cameroon.


Lynn is a part-time faculty member engaged in teaching and research. Her research interests focus on mental health, community development, diversity and interprofessional education in occupational therapy, rehabilitation, disability in Canada and Cameroon. She has worked as an occupational therapist with adults of all ages experiencing a variety of health and disability situations, in community health centres, the home care sector and institutions. She enjoys working with and facilitating many different kinds of groups, including therapeutic, community, and educational settings.


In addition to her work at the University of Toronto, Lynn is Chair of ICDR-Cameroon of the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation. She enjoys spending part of each year in Cameroon. She is a Visiting Senior Lecturer, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Bamenda, Bamenda, Cameroon.


Here are some photos from her work in Cameroon:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA M and Mme Laramee HC Canada with Bamenda team and U of T students Dec 2012 signing at kids camp






Selected Recent Publications
  1. Suffling, K., Cockburn, L. and Edwards, K. (submitted). Tools for the journey from North to South: a collaborative process to develop reflexive global mental health practice (submitted to the journal Disability and the Global South).
  2. Cockburn, L., Cleaver, S. and Benuh, E. (submitted) The Prevalence of Impairments and Disabilities in the North West Region, Cameroon.
  3. Cameron, D., Cockburn, L., Nixon, S., Garcia, L., Leotaud, J., MacPherson, K., Mashaka, P., Mlay, R., Parnes, P., Wango, J., and Williams, T. (2013). Global Partnerships for International Fieldwork in Occupational Therapy: Reflection and Innovation. Occupational Therapy International, 20, 88–96. doi: 10.1002/oti.1352
  4. Epilepsy and cysticercosis in North-West Cameroon: A serological study. (2013). Elliott I, Jerome A, Angwafor SA, Smith ML, Takougang I, Noh J, Tsang V, Wilkins P, Cockburn L, Keystone J, Njamnshi AK, Snead OC 3rd. Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy – May 2013, Vol. 22, Issue 4, Pages 283-286, DOI: 10.1016/j.seizure.2013.01.012
  5. Trentham, B. & Cockburn, L. (2011). Developing Occupational Therapy Practice in a Community Health Centre. (Canada) Chapter 10 in Role Emerging Occupational Therapy: Maximising Occupation Focussed Practice. Ed. Miranda Thew, Mary Edwards, Matthew Molineux and Sue Baptiste, Blackwell Wiley
  6. Cockburn, L., Trentham, B. (2010). Meaningful occupation and health. Invited chapter in N. Thapa-Gorder & S. Boight-Radloff (Eds.) Occupational therapy in prevention and health promotion. Stuttgart, Germany: Georg Thieme Verlag Publisher.
Recent Thesis/Projects Supervised
  1. Dempsey, P. and Chiu, C. (2013-14) Developing the role of change agent in occupational therapy: An autoethnographic account of pioneering an interprofessional community program
  2. Yarmon, A. and McVittie, K. (2011-12) Exploring the role of occupational therapists on assertive community treatment teams: a critical discourse analysis approach”
  3. Lee, A. and Talag, A. (2011-12) Exploring the Experiences of Cultural Humility in Canadian Occupational Therapists
  4. C. Chan and M. Arman (2009-2010) Supporting occupational therapy practice in ACT teams in Ontario
  5. Kolin and R. Jasper (2009-2010) Understanding and developing best practices in the North West Region of Cameroon
Research Interests

Mental health and mental illness; community based occupational therapy practice; participatory and community based research; educational, transcultural and historical Issues in occupational therapy; international disability and rehabilitation issues, with a focus on Cameroon; Social and occupational justice.

Current Courses
  • OCT 1121H, Research Issues and Approaches in Occupational Therapy