Message from the Interim Chair

Photo of Prof. Deirdre DawsonI am delighted to welcome you to the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, Founded in 1918, our vibrant Department is an exciting place to learn and practice the knowledge, attributes and skills of the profession of occupational therapy that will lead to an MScOT degree.

The need for skilled occupational therapists has never been greater. With projected population growth and projected increases in the number of seniors, OTs are in high demand across a wide range of settings – traditional and emerging, hospital and community based. OTs are indispensable members of interprofessional/integrated health care teams for their role in enabling people to lead healthy, meaningful lives regardless of ability, illness or age. To address this need, beginning September 2018, we expanded our program to the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). This expansion has allowed us to increase the number of available spots for incoming students from 90 to 130.

Students at both campuses learn from our committed and accomplished faculty members and are supported by our highly dedicated staff. Our faculty are research chairs, scientific directors, and fellows of national and international professional and scientific organizations. We are enthusiastic about shaping our students into critical thinkers and engaged occupational therapists; we are deeply committed to advancing knowledge through excellence in research and teaching, and through collaborative relationships and partnerships — inside our Department, within the University, and with the community.

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about our educational program and our research interests and accomplishments, our clinical community and our students, faculty and more.


Deirdre R. Dawson, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Professor and Interim Chair