2022 Graduate Student Research Day and Thelma Cardwell Lecture

The  2022 OS&OT Graduate Student Research Day and Thelma Cardwell Lecture will be held in a fully online format on June 22, in response to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote accessibility and safety.

The day promises to deliver a wide range of incredible research presentations by Year 2 MScOT students and a thought-provoking lecture by this year’s Thelma Cardwell Lecturer, Dr. Ana  Malfitano, Federal University of São Carlos – Brazil.


10:00-10:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:30 am-12:10 pm Student Presentations #1
11:40 am-12:00 pm BREAK
12:30-2:10 pm Student Presentations #2
2:10-2:30 pm BREAK
2:30-3:00 pm Awards
3:00-4:00 pm 2022 Thelma Cardwell Lecture, presented by Ana Malfitano, PhD. Title: Social occupational therapy: Professional actions in an equal world


Registration is free but required. Please register here  by Friday, June 17.  A Zoom link will be sent to registrants closer to the event date.


Photo of Ana MalfitanoThe 20220 Thelma Cardwell Lecture will be delivered by Ana Malfitano, PhD. Ana Malfitano is an Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department and the Post-graduate Program in Occupational Therapy at the Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil. Ana was involved in the creation of the Master in Occupational Therapy (started in 2010), and PhD in Occupational Therapy (started in 2015), the first one in Latin America. She teaches in undergraduate and postgraduate occupational therapy courses, including the supervision of Master’s and doctoral students.

Ana’s career is focused on social occupational therapy, which has been developed in Brazil, to deal with inequities and social injustices. Ana is part of the Metuia Network, a Brazilian inter-institutional group, which develops teaching, research and community-university partnership in social occupational therapy. Her research focuses are on Social Occupational Therapy, Social Policies, Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy, Community, Youth, Citizenship, and Excluded Groups. She is editor of the Brazilian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

The Thelma  Cardwell Lecture Series is an endowed lectureship established in 1997 to honour one of this program’s – and occupational therapy’s – most prestigious alumna.

Contact Brynna Kerr  for additional information at brynna.kerr@mail.utoronto.ca