Mary Egan
Mary Egan
Full Professor
Director, School of Rehabilitation Sciences

1999 Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University
1991 M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta
1982 B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario

RGN 3065
613-562-5800 ext. 8043


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.

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Research interests

Professor Egan is interested in how people return to their personally valued activities despite chronic health issues, both in the presence and absence of therapy. She is interested in processes of care and health services that best support return to personally valued activities. She has a particular interest in how an ethics of care perspective can inform these processes.

  • occupational participation (especially after stroke)
  • processes of rehabilitation
  • risk and rehabilitation
  • psychosocial and ethical aspects of rehabilitation


  • Egan M, Restall G (Eds). Promoting occupational participation: Collaborative relationship focused occupational therapy. Ottawa: CAOT publications (in press).
  • Sauvé-Schenk K, Dubouloz CJ, Egan M, Kristjansson E. Challenges Faced by Bilingual Stroke Survivors in the Healthcare System: Unique Considerations. Minorités linguistiques et société / Linguistic Minorities and Society 2021; 13: 49–64.
  • Egan M, Kessler D, Duong P, Gurgel-Juarez N, Linkewich E, Sikora L, Montgomery P, Chopra A. Participation-focused interventions for stroke rehabilitation: a scoping review protocol. JBI Evidence Synthesis: December 2020 - Volume 18 - Issue 12 - p 2666-2672 doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-D-19-00387.
  • Duong P, Egan MY, Meyer MJ, Morrison T. Intention to return to work after stroke following rehabilitation in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 2020;87:221-226.
  • Lamarre J, Egan M, Kessler D, Sauvé-Schenk K. Occupational performance coaching in assisted living. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics 2020; 38(1): 1-7.
  • Egan M, Laliberte Rudman D, Rutkowski N, Lanoix M, Meyer M, McEwen S, Collver M, Linkewich E, Montgomery P, Quant S, Donnelly B, Fearn J. The implications of the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations for design and allocation of rehabilitation after hospital discharge: A problematization. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2019; 1-13. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1592244.
  • Provencher V, D'Amours M, Viscogliosi C, Guay M, Giroux D, Dubé V, Delli-Colli N, Corriveau H, Egan M. Risks Perceived by Frail Male Patients, Family Caregivers and Clinicians in Hospital: Do they Change after Discharge? A Multiple Case Study. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2019;19(1):4. doi:10.5334/ijic.4166.
  • Sauvé-Schenk KM, Egan MY, Dubouloz-Wilner CJ, Kristjansson E. Influence of low income on return to participation following stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2019;4:1-9. doi:10.1080/09638288.2019.1570355.
  • Kessler D, Walker I, Sauvé-Schenk K, Egan M. Goal setting dynamics that facilitate or impede a client-centered approach. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2018; 26(5): 315-324. doi:10.1080/11038128.2018.1465119.
  • Kessler D, Egan M, Dubouloz C-J, McEwen S, Graham FP (2017). Occupational Performance Coaching for stroke survivors (OPC-Stroke): Understanding of mechanisms of actions. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2018;81(6):326-337. doi:10.1177/0308022618756001.
  • Kessler D, Egan M, Dubouloz C-J, McEwen S, Graham FP. Occupational Performance Coaching for Stroke Survivors: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2017;71(3):7103190020p1-7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.024216.
  • Lafortune CE, Elliott J, Egan M, Stolee P. The rest of the story: A qualitative study of complementing standardized assessment data with informal interviews with older patients and families. The Patient - Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. 2017;10(2):215-224. doi:10.1007/s40271-016-0193-9.
  • Egan M, Laliberte Rudman D, Ceci C, Kessler D, McGrath C, Gardner P, King J, Lanoix M, Malhotra R. Seniors, risk and rehabilitation: Broadening our thinking. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2017;1348-1355. doi:10.1080/09638288.2016.1192227.
  • Egan M, Kessler D, Ceci C, Laliberte Rudman D, McGrath C, Gardner P, Sikora L. Problematizing risk in stroke rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2016; 38(23):2334-44. doi:10.3109/09638288.2015.1123304.
  • Egan M, Kubina LA, Dubouloz CJ, Kessler D, Kristjansson E, Sawada M. Very low neighbourhood income limits participation post stroke: preliminary evidence from a cohort study. BMC Public Health. 2015;15(1):1. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1872-5.
  • Egan M, Dubouloz CJ, Paquet N, Leonard C, Carter M. Engagement in personally valued occupations following stroke and a move to assisted living. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. 2014;32(1):25-41. doi:10.3109/02703181.2013.867559.