Welcome New Tenure-Stream Faculty: Rotenberg, Farragher

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is delighted to announce the appointments of our newest tenure stream faculty members, Shlomit Rotenberg and Janine Farragher:

Photo of Prof. Shlomit RotenbergShlomit Rotenberg, PhD, MSc, BScOT, Assistant Professor, Tenure Stream.  Dr. Rotenberg received her PhD in 2017 from The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto. Dr. Rotenberg’s scholarship focuses on understanding occupational challenges and enabling participation in meaningful activities of people experiencing cognitive impairments due to aging and/or neurological deficits. Dr. Rotenberg uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine the nature of occupational limitations experienced by adults and older adults with cognitive impairments and the factors that impact their activity participation. Dr. Rotenberg also focuses on the development and validation of standardized ecologically valid cognitive functional assessments. Using the knowledge gained on facilitators and barriers to participation, Dr Rotenberg has developed and examined meta-cognitive interventions to promote everyday functioning, health and wellbeing of older adults, with a specific interest in older adults with subjective cognitive decline.

Dr. Rotenberg worked as an occupational therapist for 10 years in an inter-disciplinary geriatric clinic and community-based rehabilitation unit, working with adults and older adults with cognitive impairments.

Dr. Rotenberg has taught undergraduate and graduate occupational therapy courses at the Hebrew University and Haifa University in Israel, and has been a guest lecturer and student research project supervisor in the MScOT program in the Department of OS&OT since 2017, and joined the Department in her current position in October 2020.  View Dr. Rotenberg’s faculty web page

Photo of Prof. Janine FarragherJanine Farragher, PhD,  Assistant Professor, Tenure Stream. Dr. Farragher received her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto in 2018, and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and via the Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training (KRESCENT) Program in Montreal.

Dr. Farragher’s research focuses on holistic approaches to the management of advanced chronic diseases, with a focus on geriatric conditions such as chronic kidney disease. Such approaches include an occupation-focused energy management intervention, a mindfulness practice called mindful “doing”, and a focus on environmental design that promotes mental well-being in care settings. Dr. Farragher is also interested in applying a life course perspective to understand experiences of and responses to chronic conditions.

Dr. Farragher has been involved in the MScOT program in the Dept. of OS&OT since 2017 as a sessional course instructor, student research project supervisor, guest lecturer, teaching assistant, and workshop facilitator, and joined the Department in her new role in January 2021. View Dr. Farragher’s faculty web page