Position: Assistant Professor, Associate Director (OT Program); Chercheur régulier, C.R.I.R. (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation) du Montréal métropolitain www.crir.ca
Building: Davis House, 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler
Office Room: D-45
Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5
Office Phone: 514-398-4496
aliki [dot] thomas [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
Education: BSc (OT), McGill; MEd, McGill; PhD (Educational Psychology), McGill; Post-doctoral fellowship (Knowledge translation) McMaster University
OCC1 545: Therapeutic Strategies in Occupational Therapy 1
POTH 638: Geriatric Rehabilitation
POTH 612: Research Projects
POTH 680: Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation
Research Description: Dr. Thomas is the Associate Director of the Occupational Therapy program and has a cross appointment as core faculty member at the Center for Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Thomas' research is on education and knowledge translation. She is interested in the development and assessment of advanced clinical competencies including evidence-based practice, clincal reasoning, decision-making and the development of professional expertise. Her work spans three major areas of occupational therapy education and practice, from admissions, to professional education (including curriculum design and assessment), and clinical practice. In addition to her research in education, she is involved in research on how to bridge the evidence-to-practice gap where she uses an educational psychology perspective to examine the use of theory in the design and delivery of effective KT interventions. Most recently, and as part of her postdoctoral work, she has become interested in the concept of scholarship of practice and the outcomes of clinical-researcher partnership on clinical practice.
Research Keywords: educational research, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, curriculum designer and assessment, evaluation of learning, expertise and expertise development, knowledge translation
Thomas A, Law M. (2013) Research utilization and evidence-based practice in occupational therapy: a scoping study. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Zidarov D, Thomas A, Poissant L. (2013) Knowledge translation in physical therapy: from theory to practice. Disability and Rehabilitation. (doi:10.3109/09638288.2012.748841)
Thomas A, Saroyan A, Snider ML. (2012) Evidence-based practice behaviors: a comparison amongst occupational therapy students and clinicians. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 79;96-107.
Thomas A, Saroyan A, Lajoie PS. (2012) Development of an evidence-based practice reference model: findings from occupational therapy. Disability and Rehabilitation. 34(3);311-28.
Thomas A, Saroyan A, & Dauphinee WD. (2011) Evidence-based practice: a review of theoretical assumptions and effectiveness of teaching and assessment interventions in health professions. Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice. 16(2);253-76.
Boruff J, Thomas A. (2011) Integrating evidence-based practice and information literacy skills in teaching physical and occupational therapy students. Health Information and Libraries Journal. 28(4);264-72.
Rochette, A, Korner-Bitensky N, Thomas A. (2009). Changing clinicians' habits: is this the hidden challenge to increasing best practices? Disability and Rehabilitation. 31(21);1790-4.
Korner-Bitensky N, Menon-Nair A, Thomas A, Boutin E, Mohammad AA. (2007). Practice Style traits – Do they help explain practice behaviors of stroke rehabilitation professionals? Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 39;685-92.