Assistant Professor


2013-2014 - CAOT Research Fellow
2010-2013 - Post-doctoral Fellowship - McMaster University/ Hand and Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare, London, ON
2010 - PhD, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Western University
2000 - MS (Occupational Therapy), Western Michigan University
1996 - BSc Biology, Western University
1995 - BMus (oboe performance), Western University,

Room: RGN 3015
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Guptill is currently accepting post-doctoral students only.

Dr. Guptill received her occupational therapy training at Western Michigan University, and her PhD at Western University in Rehabilitation Sciences. She holds a Status Only appointment at the University of Toronto's Music and Health Research Collaboratory, and an Adjunct appointment in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alberta. She currently serves as Vice Chair of Research for the Performing Arts Medicine Association, and is a founding member of the Canadian Network for Musicians Health and Wellness. She was a founding member of both the Performing Arts Medicine Clinic at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, and of the Health Advisory Team at National Youth Orchestra Canada (NYOC). She provided primary care occupational therapy to NYOC from 2011 to 2015, and in 2012, she was honoured to receive a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of that work. In her spare time, she performs as a freelance oboist, and is a member of the Canadian Federation of Musicians.

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Academic experience

  • Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta, 2015-2020
  • Instructor, Health & Music Performance, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Jan-Apr. 2015
  • Instructor, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences, 2014-2015
  • Lecturer, Western University, 2003-2014

Clinical experience

  • Private practice, Musicians' Health, 2007-present
  • Performing Arts Medicine Clinic, Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic, 2017-18
  • Adult home care, VHA Rehab Solutions, 2014-15
  • Motor vehicle insurance examinations, DMA Rehability and Southwestern Rehab Assessments 2008-12
  • Occupational Health & Safety Services, London Health Sciences Centre, 2002-03
  • Hand & Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare, 2001-02
  • School Health Support Services, Pathways Centre for Children, 2000-01

Research interests

Dr. Guptill's program of research focuses on work disability prevention, with a specific focus on the health and occupational performance of musicians. This population focus includes elements of health promotion, workplace health and disability management, physical and psychosocial rehabilitation, and occupational science, to name a few.

  1. Canadian trial of an assessment protocol for music students (MusicCohort)
  2. Canadian trial of Sound Performers, an online health literacy intervention for tertiary music students, funded by the Worldwide Universities Network and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
  3. Design and delivery of course for health professionals and educators in Performing Arts Medicine, including assessment battery for Dancers, Instrumentalists, Vocalists and Actors (D.I.V.A.)

A recent article, featuring the work of Lauren Cubbon, MSc(OT) graduate from University of Alberta: Depression among entrepreneurs: A scoping review