Welcome to the OTIC Lab website
Occupational Transitions and Inclusive Communities
This website represents a collaboration amongst several researchers at the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy (OS&OT) at the University of Toronto. Projects reflect the shared interests of researchers Lynn Cockburn, Barry Trentham and Jill Stier in creating inclusive learning and practice environments from an occupational perspective and across the life course.
Examples of the research conducted by the lab include work with persons at risk for occupational loss and depravation, and who may experience discrimination on various levels. This includes a focus on the impact of discrimination -- including agism, heterosexism, abilism and racism -- on occupational participation and engagement in everyday living. participatory action research in community settings with senior citizens and people living with chronic mental illness.
A number of the research projects discussed in this website grew out of the collaborative efforts of several OS&OT faculty members, who have worked together since 2001 on the Diversity & Inclusion Research and Curriculum Development Group. The initial goal of this team was to build the cross-cultural competencies of graduating students by infusing the curriculum with cutting-edge materials and pedagogical approaches focused on diversity issues and inclusive practice.