Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mary’s program of research focuses on work and community re-integration, across rehabilitation populations (including traumatic brain injury, electrical injuries, cancer, burns). She aims to bridge health, community and employment contexts, in order to develop strategies and tools to enhance clinical practice and improve return to work outcomes for vulnerable injured, ill and disabled workers. Mary has led national and international teams in developing inter-professional guidelines for vocational evaluation (in brain injury and burn injuries), examined workplace accommodations following complex physical and psychological injuries (e.g. brain and electrical injuries), and developed return to work recommendations for cancer survivors. She is currently leading a pan-Canadian team of researchers and inter-sector safety partners in developing a suite of projects to enhance men’s health and safety in high risk work and applying gender theories.
To her research, Mary also brings over fifteen years of clinical expertise in both brain injury and vocational rehabilitation in public and private settings, and the ability to work collaboratively with health care teams, workers and employers to enhance return to work outcomes. She has collaborated nationally and internationally in developing guidelines for cognitive rehabilitation (as a member of the International Traumatic Brain Injury Cognitive Rehabilitation, INCOG), guidelines for mild traumatic brain injuries and persistent symptoms and most recently exploring return to work issues through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Collaboration.
Return to work and work re-integration across rehabilitation populations; workplace accommodations; community re-integration; quantitative and qualitative syntheses; guideline development and implementation; qualitative research; sex and gender analysis; cognitive rehabilitation.