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Hiba Zafran

Hiba Zafran
 Position: Faculty Lecturer

Building: Hosmer House, 3630 prom Sir-William-Osler

Office Room: H-201

Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5

Office Phone: 514-398-4400 ext 09641

HIBA [dot] ZAFRAN [at] MAIL [dot] MCGILL [dot] CA (Email)

Education: BSc (Marine and Conservation Biology; Philosophy/ethnobotany) University of Miami and McGill University; BSc (OT); MSc (Rehabilitation Science); PhD candidate (Rehabilitation Science) McGill University


OCC1 551: Psychosocial Practice in Occupational Therapy
OCC1 618: Applied Theories in Psychosocial Occupational Therapy
OCC1 622: Community-Based Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
... and methodological lectures on epistemology and phenomenology in the graduate program for Rehabilitation Sciences

Research Keywords:

Phenomenology, expressive projective techniques, therapeutic model of evaluation, early intervention and youth mental health, stigma, hermeneutic mixed methods

Research Interests:

Ms Zafran is an occupational therapist-psychotherapist whose research questions arise out of a decade of clinical practice with immigrant youth experiencing psychosis, mood disturbances and chronic trauma. She is involved in research projects examining arts and activity-based processes of communication and therapeutic meaning-making; stigma and relationships within clinical and occupational settings; and integrated knowledge translation in the implementation of policy into recovery oriented care. She is particularly interested in critical ways of knowing and conceptualizing mental health dysfunction with immigrant youth in both clinical and research realms.  Her work is rooted in the philosophy of science and draws on radical empiricism and pragmatism, phenomenology in psychiatry and anthropology, and hermeneutics in both qualitative and mixed methods.

With the support of the Ethics and Rehabilitation Lab, she has initiated the Noesis discussion group, a reflexive space for students, teachers and researchers to dialogue about research challenges and experiences.  

Selected Publications:

Zafran H. (2013). Client centred reasoning: A reply to "Quantifying Function". American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(7).[Letter to the Editor]. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.007096

Zafran H, Tallant B and Gelinas I. (2012). The experience of academic reintegration after a first episode of psychosis: A first-person exploration. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 16(1):29-46.

Zafran H and Laporta M. (2008). What are the key ingredients in early psychosis intervention? Program evaluation of a Montreal initiative: 1997-2007. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2, S1, A95.

Zafran H, Tallant B and Gelinas I. (2008). Exploring academic integration in early psychosis.  Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 2, S1, A109 [Abstract]

Selected Presentations:

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists: The Future is here: Leading Solutions. Victoria, B.C., Canada, May 29-June 1, 2013
Early detection in psychosis: An emergent role for occupational therapists

15th Research Colloquium on Rehabilitation, Queens University, Kingston, ON, May 11, 2013
"It would be a shame to lose them": A critical review of the use of projective tests in occupational therapy

Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Lyon, France, August 2012
Evidence-base practice content, pedagogical methods and assessment of learning: A Mapping exercise in an Occupational Therapy professional Masters program.
Thomas, A., Nedelec, B., Perlman, C., Storr, C., & Zafran, H.