2021 Graduate Student Research Day & Thelma Cardwell Lecture

The 2021 Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Research Day occurred virtually on Wednesday, June 23.  This annual event provides the opportunity for second year MScOT students at the University of Toronto to share findings of their research projects and to celebrate their significant contributions to occupational science and occupational therapy.

Download the 2021 OS&OT Graduate Research Day Abstract Book.
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Research Awards

Award Name RECIPIENTS Presentation Title
Aging and Caregiving Tiffany Igros & Layana Kirubainathan The rising problem of homelessness in later life: Exploring health and social service provision for older adults facing homelessness in Toronto
Quality of Life 1 Meaghan Walker & Torie Vaughan Exploring the role of OT in pediatric palliative care
Quality of Life 2 Kristin Glazier, Kathryn Forsythe & Sarah Thomson Pathways to belonging for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Perspectives of service providers
Mental Health Laura Boyle & Kira Paranyi Strategies to improve occupational performance and satisfaction: A qualitative study involving undergraduate students with mental health concerns
Pediatrics Karen Ogilvie & Allison Mah Prevalence and predictors of an elbow flexion contracture during early childhood following brachial plexus birth injury
Cognition and Everyday Life Nicole Filler & Adrienne Baker Investigating task sequencing amongst older adults living with dementia: Protocol development
Health Services Dana Moyer & Sabrina Umbrello COVID-19 outbreaks on inpatient forensic psychiatry units – The lived experiences of clients, staff and occupational therapists
Technology Elizabeth Ramirez & Richard Rusyn Exploring the adaptability of the Teach-ABI eLearning module for high school educators
Occupational Science Eve Pervin & Ink Davidson Exploring tabletop role-playing games as meaningful occupation: A qualitative exploratory study
Award for Best Overall Presentation Alessia Roman & Danielle Hildebrand Examining interprofessional interventions for treating pediatric concussions: A scoping review
Social Media Andreea Sindiescu n/a
Additional award recipients are Prof. Yani Hamdani, Excellence in Research Supervision, and Prof. Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia, Excellence in Research.

A very big thank you to all faculty who sponsored these awards.

Thelma Cardwell Lecture

The Thelma Cardwell Lecture Series was established in 1997 to honour one of this program’s, and occupational therapy’s, most prestigious alumna.

The 2021 Thelma Cardwell Lecturer is Dr. Arno Kumagai, Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Photo of Arno Kumagai

Lecture Title: We Make the Path While Walking:  Critical Dialogues in Teaching and Learning for Social Justice

Lecturer Bio: Arno Kumagai is Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He also holds the F. M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education at Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto, where he has a clinical practice focused on working with people with type 1 diabetes mellitus.  Arno received his BA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and his MD from UCLA School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and an Endocrine fellowship and postdoc in the UCLA system.  He was on faculty at the University of Michigan Medicine from 1996 to 2016 and joined the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine as Vice Chair in April 2016.

Arno has published extensively on the use of narratives in medical education, transformative learning, dialogical teaching, and teaching for equity and social justice, and holds numerous teaching awards in basic science teaching, humanism, educational innovation, and diversity.  Most recently, he served as the 2018 Tosteson Visiting Professor of Medical Education at Harvard Medical School; the 2019 Boyarsky Lecturer at Duke University; and the 2020 Anne L. Brodie Professor at the University of Virginia.  He also serves on the Editorial Board of Academic Medicine.