The Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists is committed to support occupational therapy research and will promote OSOT member participation in promoting research that support the development of knowledge about occupational therapy practice and/or occupational therapists.

To promote membership awareness of opportunities to participate in research activities relating to occupational therapy, the Society circulates a bi-monthly Supporting Occupational Therapy Research communique by email to all OSOT members (approximately 4,600 Ontario occupational therapists and student occupational therapists) which will include researchers’ project descriptions and any links to online surveys. In addition, the Society will post this information to OSOT's website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).  

For more details and to send in your research survey for publication, please see our order form.

The following posts have been purchased by the researchers to access OSOT membership. While posting does not imply OSOT partnership or sponsorship, we encourage members to participate!

Tell Me a Story About Occupational Therapy for Chronic Pain: A Story Completion Study

Principal Investigator: Dr. Tara Packham, OT Reg. (Ont.), PhD; Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Hamilton ON 

Co-Investigators: Dr. Evelyne Durocher, OT Reg. (Ont.); Nicole Takken, MScOT candidate; Serene Stewart, MScOT candidate; Martha Bauer, OT Reg. (Ont.); Colleen O'Neill, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Study Description: What happens when someone attends occupational therapy for chronic pain? Tell us a story! Researchers at McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science are conducting a study to better understand current occupational therapy practice with persons experiencing chronic pain. Instead of answering fixed survey questions, you will be asked to write the ending to a short story about someone referred to occupational therapy for chronic pain management.  

Target audience for participation: Any occupational therapist, regardless of whether they practice specifically in chronic pain management.  We want to hear perspectives from the breadth of practice areas that see clients with chronic pain as a feature of their health condition.

Participate here

Response Deadline: July 31, 2021

Find out more about the project here or contact Dr. Tara Packham, OT Reg. (Ont.) at

Promoting engagement in physical activity among young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: Development of a social network-based intervention

Researchers: Sabrina Cavallo, erg. PhD., Assistant professor, École de réadaptation, Université de Montréal, Jennifer Stinson, PhD., Dr. Ciarán Duffy, Sara Ahmed, PhD., Dr. Julie Barsalou, Karine April Toupin, PhD., Claudine Auger, PhD.

Study Description: Researchers are currently looking for young people living with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and/or their parents to participate in the study, Promoting engagement in physical activity among young people with JIA: Development of a social network-based intervention. Researchers would like to get their opinion on JIActiv, a social media-based group intervention aimed at promoting physical activity.

To participate, young people and parents need to meet the following criteria: 
1) Understand and be able to express themselves in English or French. 
2) Have an email address or be willing to create one for the purpose of the study. 
3) Have access to an electronic device giving access to the internet. 

Young people need to be between 13 and 25 years of age and have been diagnosed with JIA by a paediatric rheumatologist. The parents of the young people must have at least one child aged 13 and 25 living with JIA. 

Participation in the study involves two one-hour interviews with the young person or parent as well as filling out a short questionnaire. Participants will be compensated in the form of gift cards. Interviews will be anonymized to maintain participant confidentiality. All research data will be kept on a secured server of the Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal. The current study is supported by the Canadian Association of Rheumatology through a CIORA grant.

Response Deadline: December 2021

Please contact Sabrina Cavallo, researcher at the University of Montreal, to participate at 514-343-7217 or by email at