Professor Mary Egan is director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa. During the first 10 years of her career, she worked with adults and children in institutional and community-based settings. She has worked in various regions across Canada, including Saint John, Kitchener, Calgary, and Ottawa. Her graduate work in occupational therapy at the University of Alberta and in epidemiology at McGill University provided her with the tools to continue her career as an educator and researcher. Professor Egan’s research is driven by curiosity about the legitimate goals of occupational therapy and how these are best reached. She is particularly interested in how people return to valued activities within meaningful social contexts following serious health events. This has led to work on how occupational therapy and rehabilitation are conceptualized, and how the processes of occupational therapy support—or thwart—occupational participation.
Professor Egan is accepting new students for thesis supervision.